Sacramento Convention Center Complex

The Sacramento Convention Center Complex is a complex of entertainment venues and a convention center located in downtown Sacramento, California. The complex consists of the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center (formerly Community Center Theater), the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, and the Jean Runyon Little Theater.

Venues edit

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center edit

 
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center pre-renovation

The SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, located at 1400 J Street, is a convention and meeting venue. The Convention Center features an exhibit hall with 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2) of programmable space, 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) of exhibit space, 2 ballrooms, and 37 meeting rooms. In 2019, the convention center underwent a major expansion, with the original 1974 portion of the convention center was torn down and rebuilt, adding more than 111,000 square feet (10,300 m2) of space.[1][2] SAFE Credit Union acquired the naming rights to the convention center for $23 million over 25 years.[3] Construction started in July 2019 and completed in June 2021. [4][5]

SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center edit

 
Community Center Theater

The SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center, formerly known as Community Center Theater, is a 2,452 seat entertainment venue located at 1301 L Street. The theater hosts national touring artists, and Sacramento performing arts groups such as the Sacramento Ballet and the Philharmonic Orchestra.[6] The theater opened in 1974.[7] Designed in the brutalist style, it underwent renovations for the first time in 2021, carried out by architectural firm DLR Group.[8]

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium edit

 
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, located at 1515 J Street, is a 3,867 seat multi-purpose venue. Completed in 1926, the Auditorium opened in February, 1927. Closed in 1986, the building fell into disrepair, and re-opened in 1996, after renovation, as part of the Convention Center Complex. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9] The Auditorium hosts a variety of events, including concerts, high school graduations, and hosted the 2007 inauguration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California music acts that have performed at the auditorium include The Beach Boys (1963),[10] The Righteous Brothers (1965),[11] Ike & Tina Turner (1965),[11] Sonny & Cher (1965),[12] The Turtles (1967),[13] The 5th Dimension (1967),[14]Grateful Dead (1968),[15] Jefferson Airplane (1968),[16] The Doors (1968),[17] Chicago as Chicago Transit Authority[18] (1969),[19] Eric Burdon & War (1970),[20] Frank Zappa in (1971),[21] Cheech & Chong (1972),[22] Canned Heat (1972),[23] Doobie Brothers (1972),[24] The Eagles (1974),[25] Steppenwolf (1974),[25] Fleetwood Mac (1975),[25] Journey (band) (1977),[25] Sammy Hagar (1977),[26]Toto (1977),[25] Santana (1979),[25] America (1979),[25] Huey Lewis and the News (1979),[25] Go-Go's (1982),[27] Mötley Crüe (1983),[27] Ratt (1984),[27] Night Ranger (1984),[27] Metallica (1985),[27] Dishwalla (1997),[28] John Fogerty (1997), Primus (1997),[29] 311 (1997),[29] Jane's Addiction (1997),[29] Tool (1998), [29]Sacramento's Deftones (1998),[29] Sacramento's Cake (1999),[29] The Offspring (1999),[29] 98 Degrees (1999),[29] Lit (1999),[29] The Wallflowers (2000), System of a Down (2000), Linkin Park (2000), Incubus (2001), No Doubt (2002), Papa Roach (2002), Eve 6 (2003), Audioslave (2005), Avenged Sevenfold (2006), Pat Monahan (of Train) (2007), Stone Temple Pilots (2008), Atreyu (2009), Third Eye Blind (2015), Queens of the Stone Age (2018), Los Lobos (2019), and Weird Al Yankovic (2019).

Jean Runyon Little Theater edit

The Jean Runyon Little Theater, located at 1515 J Street in the Memorial Auditorium (38°34′42″N 121°29′09″W / 38.5783°N 121.4859°W / 38.5783; -121.4859), is a 272-seat entertainment venue for smaller events. On May 24, 2000, the space was dedicated to Jean Runyon for her contributions to the Sacramento theater community.[30]


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Lillis, Ryan (June 19, 2018). "See what the new $240 million Sacramento Convention Center would look like". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on February 4, 2024. Retrieved February 15, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Mayor, City officials cut ribbon on new downtown convention center complex". Mayor's Office of Community Engagement. 2021-06-10. Archived from the original on February 4, 2024. Retrieved 2024-02-04.
  3. ^ Young, Marycon (August 8, 2019). "City announced SAFE Credit Union as naming sponsor of the Convention Center Complex Project" (PDF). The City of Sacramento. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 4, 2024. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  4. ^ Hamann, Emily (2019-08-08). "SAFE Credit Union enters naming deal for convention center project". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  5. ^ Anderson, Mark (2018-06-19). "Sacramento may invest $328 million in convention center complex (Renderings)". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  6. ^ "Community Center Theater". Sacramentoconventioncenter.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  7. ^ "Transformation of the Sacramento Community Center Theater". DLR Group. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  8. ^ "SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center". DLR Group. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  9. ^ "Memorial Auditorium". Sacramentoconventioncenter.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  10. ^ "Beach Boys at Memorial Auditorium, 1963". The Sacramento Union. 24 May 1963. p. 9. Retrieved 2024-02-04.
  11. ^ a b "Teen Field Music Stars Slate Show". The Sacramento Bee. 1965-03-25. pp. E12. Retrieved 2023-11-11.
  12. ^ "Sonny and Cher Here November 7th!". The Sacramento Union. 1965-10-16. p. 5. Retrieved 2024-02-04.
  13. ^ "The Turtles at Memorial Auditorium, 1967". The Sacramento Bee. 1967-09-03. p. 87. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  14. ^ "The 5th Dimension at Memorial Auditorium, 1967". The Sacramento Bee. 1967-03-26. p. 144. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  15. ^ "Grateful Dead at the Memorial Auditorium, 1968". The Sacramento Bee. 1968-03-03. p. 179. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  16. ^ "Jefferson Airplane at Memorial Auditorium, 1968". The Sacramento Bee. 1968-05-12. p. 115. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  17. ^ "The Doors at Memorial Auditorium, 1968". Stockton Evening and Sunday Record. 1968-06-15. p. 45. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  18. ^ "A Chicago Story". Archived from the original on February 7, 2024. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  19. ^ "Chicago at Memorial Auditorium, 1969". The Sacramento Bee. 1969-03-26. p. 55. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  20. ^ "Eric Burdon and War at Memorial Auditorium, 1970". The Sacramento Bee. 1970-02-08. p. 105. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  21. ^ "Frank Zappa at Memorial Auditorium, 1971". The Sacramento Bee. 1971-09-26. p. 112. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  22. ^ "Cheech & Chong at Memorial Auditorium, 1972". The Sacramento Bee. 1972-02-06. p. 103. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  23. ^ "Canned Heat at Memorial Auditorium, 1972". The Sacramento Bee. 1972-04-12. p. 74. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  24. ^ "Doobie Brothers at Memorial Auditorium, 1972". The Sacramento Bee. 1972-10-08. p. 69. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h "SacTV - Sacramento Concert History: 1970s". www.sactv.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2024. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  26. ^ "Sacramento Memorial Auditorium". Rock Tour Database. Archived from the original on February 7, 2024. Retrieved February 6, 2024.
  27. ^ a b c d e "SacTV - Sacramento Concert History: 1980s". www.sactv.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2024. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  28. ^ "The List". Archived from the original on February 7, 2024.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i "SacTV - Sacramento Concert History: 1990s". www.sactv.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2016. Retrieved 2024-02-07.
  30. ^ "Sacramento Convention Center". Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-12-06.

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