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Address: 135 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113-2006 (Formerly San Jose Civic Auditorium)
Phone Number: +1 408-792-4542
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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The City National Civic is managed and operated by San Jose Theaters, a...

The City National Civic is managed and operated by San Jose Theaters, a division of Team San Jose. Built in 1936, it is a Spanish Mission style dual-level venue that hosts a variety of events including concerts from major touring artists, as well as a variety of other events (e.g. big-name comedians, sporting events, business conferences). A major, multi-million dollar renovation led to a grand re-opening of the Civic in October, 2012. In December of 2013, its name officially changed to City National Civic. The Who kicked off their first headlining tour of the U.S. here in 1968. This historic venue has also hosted The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and many more. FAST FACTS: * 2,850 seats (flexible seating plans available) * State-of-the-art sound and HD video systems * Stage size: 112' x 35'

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A Little Bit of History Repeating

Lovely classic old building with great acoustics, and not a bad seat in the house for any show -- no matter where you sit. Great full-service bar and snacks for most events, and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Kari D
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San Jose, California
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San Carlos, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We most recently went to the Tony Bennett concert. Sat on the main floor. To have a view of the stage you have to position yourself to look between the people in the row in front of you. Seating is all one level. Upper seating offers best view.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Lovely classic old building with great acoustics, and not a bad seat in the house for any show -- no matter where you sit. Great full-service bar and snacks for most events, and easy access to parking/mass transit. Nearly every seat in the house makes it feel like an intimate performance...and PLENTY of ladies room stalls. I don't think I've... More 

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Thank Kari D
San Jose, California
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I've seen many many bands play here over the years, like the Who, Moody Blues, Tedeschi-Trucks band, and now Bill Maher. Easy way to travel is VTA, it drops you off right at the entrance.

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Thank Tom S
California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My husband and I came here for the Modern Talking concert on August 21, 2016. There was an issue with the sound, so we had to wait about one hour before they opened the doors to the venue. There was no AC in the hallways or if there was no one was able to feel it, since it got pretty... More 

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San Jose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have visited the San Jose Civic several times. Always a pleasure to see this fine old place again!

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Thank Christian R
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This downtown jewel is basically in it's original glory, maintained very well and not upgraded to "modern" type of music venues. And that's it's charm. There's not a bad seat in the house (unless of course some performers set up has their equipment in the way). Easy bar access on either side of the venue, large multiple stall bathrooms (I... More 

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Thank Kari D
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Attended a FinTech conference here in May 2016. Very good facility that can host 1000+ people. Free wifi available at the center. Food provided by the organizers was also very good. Loved the outdoor lawn where people could sit and eat and network. Centrally located in downtown San Jose.

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Gilroy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

This is a great intimate theater. Not a bad seat in the house. Saw Yanni last night. What a great show!! Would go here again and again.

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

I saw a comedy show at this location in September. The atmosphere was pretty and history. Will visit again.

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Thank Heather R
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

A nice medium size auditorium for concerts. Decent acoustics. For the end of school years many graduations are held here.

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