Opened in 1932, the Pasadena Civic has become an indispensable part of the cultural life of Pasadena and the nation. Radio broadcasts of the big band dances here in the 1940’s helped bring the name of Pasadena to national attention. The Civic has hosted televised events such as the Primetime Emmy Awards (for over twenty years), Ray Charles ’50 Years in Music’ and Motown’s 25th Anniversary Special.
Some of the most renowned names in the history of American entertainment, such as Bob Dylan, David Copperfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and Stevie Wonder, have made repeat engagements here. The list of major performing arts groups that have graced the stage at the Civic is extensive, including the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic andAmerican Ballet Theater. In recent years, numerous Broadway productions including Cats, Les Miserables, and Evita have chosen the Civic for nationwide tours.
Aside from its acclaim as a major national venue, the Pasadena Civic is beloved by locals as the site of the Rose Queen Festival, as well as graduations, benefits, speeches and a host of other community events.
Pasadena Civic Information
- Public Transportation: Very good (within a 5-minute walk from buses 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687, 780, and ARTS 10 at Colorado Blvd./Los Robles Avenue. The Gold Line at the Memorial Park Station is a 7-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Opened in 1932, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium is one of the nation’s most renowned performance venues; it has hosted the Emmy Awards more than 20 times, TV specials, and the People’s Choice Awards. The venue regularly hosts musicals, symphony orchestras, lectures, family shows, awards shows, and other special events
- Ticket Prices: Varies by program. Shows occasionally available on Goldstar.com
- Group Discounts: Group discounts available for some events
- Subscriptions/Membership: Subscriptions available for the Pasadena Symphony, the Distinguished Speaker Series, and the Broadway Musical Series.