Oklahoma City’s premiere performing arts venue, the Civic Center Music Hall (CCMH) was completed in 1937 as the Municipal Auditorium, a product of the FDR administration’s Public Works Administration. It opened in October of that year with a premiere performance titled “Rhapsodic Rhythms”. In 1966 a major remodeling was undertaken, actually decreasing the size of the main auditorium (which originally seated over 6,000) to cater better to the hall’s diverse programming. The Auditorium changed its name to Civic Center Music Hall and in subsequent years added venues to accommodate a busy performance schedule.
Today CCMH’s main facility contains the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre, Freede Little Theatre, CitySpace, the Meinders Hall of Mirrors, and Joel Levine Rehearsal Hall. Also operating in affiliation with CCMH are Stage Center (specializing in dance, theatre and visual arts) and the Rose Sate College Performing Arts Theatre in Midwest City. Civic Center Music Hall’s schedule of events boasts some of the world’s most renowned artists in a broad diversity of performing arts media. It is also home to numerous major local performing arts organizations, including the Canterbury Choral Society, Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre.
Civic Center Music Hall Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by several bus lines)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 300 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($10-75) depending on event and seating choice.