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The City National Civic

135 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113-2006
+1 408-792-4542
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Beautiful theater and great venue

What a beautiful building and venue. My husband, son and I traveled from Las Vegas to attend a... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Boulder City, Nevada
Unexpectedly great seats

We booked late to see Il Vovo and got seats in section 308 - up the back of the back! Turns out the... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2017
Broulee, Australia
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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“great venue” (7 reviews)
“music venues” (2 reviews)
“moody blues” (2 reviews)
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135 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113-2006
+1 408-792-4542
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

What a beautiful building and venue. My husband, son and I traveled from Las Vegas to attend a show for my son's favorite Youtube personality. We were not disappointed.

Thank chainsawbaby
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We booked late to see Il Vovo and got seats in section 308 - up the back of the back! Turns out the theatre is not massive and these tickets were not only cheap but we had a fantastic view. Staff were great and the...More

Thank lovinthefreedom
Reviewed 9 January 2017

There is really not a bad seat in the house in the Civic. Nicely restored vintage venue that has that old time exciting feel that you are going to see something special. Look to the seats on the sides for the best spots, you are...More

Thank mmoguls
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Saw Dancing With The Stars here last night. We were in the first level up from the stage, two rows up from ground. Actually perfect seats. On the ground, unless you are in the first few rows, you cannot see the stage as well. Section...More

Thank Marcia K
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Took my wife for a sold out concert of one of her favorite artists. Beautiful historic building. As others have said, the interior reminded me of a high school of college auditorium from the 40's or 50's. Never truly felt crowded, even though it was...More

Thank Pedro S
Reviewed 12 November 2016 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...More

1  Thank LosCaboscouple
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank Kari D
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.

Thank Tom S
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...More

Thank GaeaTraveller
Reviewed 25 July 2016

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

Thank Christian R
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Response from Heather R | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the performer. Some allow pictures, some allow no photography or videos. I'd suggest checking with the performer directly, or contact the venue to determine what might be prohibited....