Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was opened in 1958 during the summer season. It took the second position in Los Angeles Area.
The eminent domain played a significant role in securing the land for its construction. Initially, it boomed to be a music spot.
Due to demand and comfort, it became a one-stop spot for music, drama, movie, and film performances.
The city-owned project estimated to cost the city $2.9 million is renowned as Santa Monica’s home. One memorable performance was by Pink Floyd on the 1st of May 1970.
That is a second big event; the first one was in 1064, where the auditorium played a host to T.A.M.I show that featured The rolling stones and James Brown. That was before being a host for three straight years for hosting Academy Awards.
Twelve years after its opening, the Santa Monica Council brainstormed a report to make the auditorium a commercial center complete with office buildings, Business Park, a restaurant, a conference center museum open arena, and a playhouse. This called for renovation, redevelopment, and demolition.
Fourteen years later, the auditorium was running at a loss of over $2 million. The city had to redirect funds to fill the financial gap. The renovation project was estimated to be $51.9 million. They used development funds to do to use the Netherlander organization to host their events at the auditorium.
That was a dream seems the governor at that time- jerry Brown banned all such activities. There was a thought of a five-year closure from 2013 because of the brawl to leave the landmark; others thought it needed a complete overhaul.
However, the renovation went as planned, and the parking space is fully utilized; the place still plays host to limited film productions, private events, photoshoots, and conference meetings. The technological advancement depicted by electric vehicles and the latest modern filming design makes it a peculiar place for all our functions.