Spanish Mission Meetings: San Jose Civic Center Reopens After $15 Million Rehab

San Jose Civic Center

Across the street from the downtown San Jose Convention Center, the San Jose Civic center completed a thorough $15 million renovation this fall. Originally built in 1936, the Spanish California Mission-style venue seats 3,000 pax, with all new everything, including lighting, A/V, seating, paint and concessions.

Since its inception, the Civic has hosted music icons from Duke Ellington to the Rolling Stones. Past artists are showcased in the new Wall of Fame, and planners can look online for upcoming events such as the In The Mood big band and swing dance musical in March 2013. Planners can book group VIP seating among the 1,064 configurable floor seats, 632 first level dress circle seats and 1,194 balcony seats. For pre/post gatherings, book the VIP and/or Skybar lounges.

Due to the recent renovation, the San Jose Civic center can now provide meeting attendees the opportunity to enjoy contemporary shows in an intimate, historical venue located in Downtown San Jose. The space is also a spectacular venue for general sessions and speeches.

“For more than 70 years, the Civic has hosted countless legendary performances that have contributed to the vibrancy of our downtown,” says 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.”

A wide array of restaurants surround the San Jose Civic. Check out Michael Mina’s awarding winning, 130-seat ARCADIA steakhouse. The internationally acclaimed chef brings a modern twist to traditional American dishes, such as his 20 oz. Cowboy Ribeye for two and lobster corn dogs. The area is a high-energy dining room with comfortable booths and an elegant lounge for guests to enjoy cocktails before heading to the Civic for a show. A 4-course group menu runs $85. For larger private dining events up to 250 and a buzzing nightlife scene, check out the industrial-chic LOFT Bar & Bistro.