Mayor leads ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening event to officially launch concert venue
SAN JOSE, CA (Oct. 5, 2012) – After four years under construction, the San Jose Civic, a city landmark and historic theater venue, officially re-opens with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony followed by a performance by Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Line, a 10 piece drum core.
“For more than 70 years, the Civic has hosted countless legendary performances that have contributed to the vibrancy of our downtown,” said Mayor Chuck Reed. “Renovating this historic auditorium into a 21st century, state-of-the-art venue will help us attract world-class shows and concerts that draw thousands of people to Downtown San Jose.”
The former San Jose Redevelopment Agency, funded $11 million in renovations, with the City of San Jose and San Jose Theater Preservation Fund picking up the rest of the capital investment needed to fully renovate the historic venue, totaling $15 million. Renovations range from patron experience items such as new lighting and sound package, new exterior lighting, new concessions, restoration of restrooms, installation of a Wall of Fame and new signage, new seats, new interior and exterior painting to building operational items including boiler replacement, upgraded dressing rooms, addition of ADA accessible elevator shared with the Montgomery Theater, new security system, new heating system and seismic upgrades.
“The San Jose Civic is officially back to entertain the Bay Area” said Bill Sherry, CEO of Team San Jose, “We are grateful for the City’s vision and the capital investment needed to deliver a concert venue that will put San Jose center stage for live music and special events.”
This intimate, historic indoor venue, located in Downtown San Jose, has been partially open during renovations and will be host to a variety of shows, concerts, corporate rentals, family shows, special events and other events looking for a mid-sized theater with 3,326 seats. Team San Jose manages the San Jose Civic on behalf of the City of San Jose who owns the venue. Nederlander Concerts, Los Angeles-based concert promoter works in partnership with Team San Jose to promote and attract concerts and special events at the San Jose Civic.
“The San Jose Civic will once again be the must play venue for artists looking for a mid-sized concert house,” said Alex Hodges, CEO of Nederlander Concerts, “Nederlander Concerts is thrilled to celebrate the legends that have graced the stage of the San Jose Civic and be a part of San Jose’s live music future.”
Since 1936, this iconic venue has played host to legendary stars, including Duke Ellington, Buddy Holly, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Cream, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones.
The San Jose Civic is a designated City Landmark, circa 1936, designed by Binder & Curtis in the Spanish California Mission style. The Montgomery Theater is attached to the San Jose Civic. In 1933, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Montgomery gave the City of San Jose the property where the Civic sits. In 1934, the cost of construction was $500,000, with the Federal Government’s Public Works Fund contributing $112,000 and a bond measure passed by San Jose residents supporting the rest of the $375,000.
The renovations were completed in different phases initially starting with the boiler replacement which had not been updated since the original installation in 1936. Garden City construction, a well-known San Jose-based historic renovation general contractor led the second phase of the renovations. Various local construction and design companies assisted with the restoration including: ELS Architecture and Urban Design, San Jose Boiler Works, BBI Engineering, Salas O’Brien, Charles Salter & Associates, Irwin Seating, Clarin Seating, Superior Fire, Legend Theatrical, Rutherford & Chekene Consulting, HM Mechanical Group, The Engineering Enterprise, The Shalleck Collaborative and Topflight Specs.
Team San Jose has a dedicated theater division focused on activating the San Jose Civic and the three other theater venues managed by the company on behalf of the city. The other theaters include: the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater California Theatre. The theater team is led by John Ciulla, General Manager of Theaters, who has extensive experience in the music and entertainment industry which include stints as General Manager and Operations Director with Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas from 2004 to 2007 and most recently, the General Manager at Lucky Strike Lanes in Los Angeles. Ciulla was also Marketing Director for Universal Concerts at Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center beginning in 1995 followed by a post as Artist Manager at CMI Artist Management in 1997.
Other members of the theater division include: new addition Kate Posavad, Director of Sales and Marketing – Theaters, with more than five years of experience in sales and marketing, Posavad has previously held senior executive positions at AEG Live, Live Nation and House of Blues; Christian Sheehan, Production Manager, has over eight years of experience supervising touring and local production events, working in the music industry for Live Nation, Nederlander Concerts, and Jobing.com Arena; and Jennifer Anson, Theater Project Coordinator, responsible for general support to all department managers, front‐of‐house event coverage during event operations, and office administration.
Event and ticket information can be found at www.sanjosecivic.com. The San Jose Civic is located in Downtown San Jose at 135 West San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113.