Sacramento’s historic Memorial Auditorium is officially a part of the Sacramento Convention Center, though it is freestanding, and located across the street from the Convention Center proper. Opened in 1927, the Memorial Auditorium has featured everything from Big Bands of the swing era to classical virtuosi to the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. It reopened, refurbished, in 1996.
Today some of the world’s most renowned artists and entertainers continue to perform here. In addition to its versatile functions as a venue for the performing arts, the Memorial Auditorium also hosts a number of public events, meetings, social functions and speaking engagements.
The smaller adjoining Jean Runyon Little Theater (272 seats) has been a part of the Memorial Auditorium since its opening, designed to feature community theater, recitals, puppet shows, poetry readings and other more intimate performances. Originally known simply as the Little Theater, it was closed between 1982-2000 and reopened after extensive refurbishing, adding the name of local theater benefactor Jean Runyon.
Memorial Auditorium Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (easily accessible by several buses on both J Street and L Street. A 6-minute walk from the Light Rail Blue line at the Cathedral Square stops or the 12th Street/I Street stop)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 80 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary (free-$55) depending on event and seating choice.