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The City National Civic

145 West San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113 (Formerly San Jose Civic Auditorium)
408 277 5277
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Ranked #19 of 80 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Owner description: Built in 1936, the Civic Auditorium is a Spanish Mission style dual-level auditorium that hosts a variety of events including performing arts, general... more » Owner description: Built in 1936, the Civic Auditorium is a Spanish Mission style dual-level auditorium that hosts a variety of events including performing arts, general assembly, community and sporting events. « less
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We enjoyed a concert at the City National Civic by Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band. The Civic was a great concert venue in a beautiful, historic theatre.

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Fremont, California
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1,137 reviews 1,137 reviews
707 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We enjoyed seeing America Idol Live (Cabel Johnson was the winner of the title). The show was lively and good. The City National, which was built in 1933, is a good place to see a show. The music quality was excellent. We purchased seats on goldstar and as such was in the balcony section. Our views of the show were... More

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Bradley
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196 reviews 196 reviews
9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We attended a concert here and were highly impressed by the beautiful venue, the friendly employees, and the good seating floor plan. There's two beautiful hotels within walking distance so we'll stay at one of those places next time. We can't wait to go back!

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Santa Barbara, CA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We were very please with the venue. It was a great of an obviously historical building that had been renovated with modern conveniences. We would absolutely return for another show.

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were here for a wonderful concert for Downtown Streets. Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, and Emmylou Harris. Wonderful evening== setting is so quaint and feels so cozy. Acoustics are good and the way it is set up every seat is a great seat. Staff was friendly and the bar was well stocked and reasonable. I highly recommend this venue.

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San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

the remodel ruined the venue. where else can we now go for amateur boxing, roller derby exhibitions, local " talent " shows, etc. the local community is now priced out of utilizing the site. there was a time when the place was for the local community, creaky wooden floors and all..

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ducka62
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43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This event center is great. We have attended a number of events here and the last 2 years we have seen these 2 groups and loved everything. The venue is a great place to see many events, especially a concert. The staff were all friendly, professional and the prices for food aren't bad either. This smaller, more cozy venue makes... More

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Calgary
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Was here in October to see e Snow Patrol concert. The venue was nowhere near sold out so it was comfortable to stand with the crowd and enjoy the show. The acoustics were pretty good and the actual building itself is quite nice. The drinks were very pricey so pre-load if that is your thing. All in all an interesting... More

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San Francisco
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278 reviews 278 reviews
57 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I would give the Dukes an “A” for effort but for things out of their control the overall concert garners a “C.” First, they should have played a different venue as the San Jose Civic Auditorium is nothing more than an oversized gymnasium. Perhaps, this was a great venue during earlier times but it just does not compare to today’s... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012 via mobile

If you like small venues to see upcoming or past bands, this is the place. I saw so many shows in the 80's through today there, including Rick Derringer, Huey Lewis, Edgar Winter, Pat Benetar, and so many more. Great place with convenient parking and restaurants nearby.

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