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Sacramento is getting bigger, better and bolder in 2020 with an expanded and renovated Convention Center and Performing Arts Center.

Introducing the SAFE Credit Union Convention and Performing Arts District featuring -

The downtown Sacramento Convention Center Complex is a part of the City of Sacramento Convention and Cultural Services. The Complex Is made up of the Convention Center, which has over 137,000 square feet of exhibit space, 31 meeting rooms, including a 24,000 square foot ballroom; the 2,398-seat Community Center Theater; and the 3,849-seat Memorial Auditorium, which also houses the 272-seat Jean Runyon Theater. We are the perfect fit for any size event.

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center and SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center!

SAFE Credit Union is making a 25-year commitment in downtown Sacramento with an investment in the SAFE Credit Union Convention and Performing Arts District. The transformative project will drive economic benefits to downtown and the Greater Sacramento area through increased community.

While the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center is under renovation, the 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season, along with other events and performances, will take place at the newly renovated Sacramento Memorial Auditorium .

For booking information for the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center and other Sacramento facilities, view the booking information page.

“We dedicate here today a civic improvement not uncommon in the complexity of modern city life. But the structure to be erected here will be more that an evidence of the prosperity and activity of a great people, more than a mere monument to their enterprise. It will represent their vision and within it will abide their spirit.” Senator Hiram Johnson, Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony, July 16, 1925

In 1910 a civic organization called the 100,000 Club was the first to propose the idea of Sacramento building a municipal auditorium for the purpose of attracting convention trade, building community spirit and providing a venue for cultural and sporting events. This idea never took wings.

Just after Armistice Day in 1918, the Chamber of Commerce proposed building and dedicating a municipal auditorium to Sacramento citizens who had made the supreme sacrifice in service to the country. Many patriotic organizations pledged support for the concept but it would take until 1921 before the city council took up the idea.

In 1923 citizens of Sacramento voted on a bond issue that would raise funds for the auditorium. This same year local leaders of the national “little theater movement” proposed the addition of the Little Theater, now the Jean Runyon Little Theater, for “the play spirit and natural craving of expression of the dramatic instinct of the people.” After much discussion, the site for the building was selected and in 1924 the Mary J. Watson School was demolished to make way for the auditorium. The ground-breaking ceremony took place in July 1925, with Senator Hiram Johnson, former Governor of California, present to officiate the proceedings.

In 1986 the auditorium was closed over seismic concerns and the building's fate seemed uncertain. Through the efforts of the City of Sacramento and the Friends of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, the building was restored and reopened in 1996.

To this day the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium is one of the most recognizable and beloved buildings in the region. Listed on the National Historic Register in 1978, for over ninety years, with the exception of the ten-year closure from 1986-1996, the Memorial Auditorium has drawn audiences to a variety of events, from Big Bands and violin virtuosos to the Beach Boys and Rolling Stones. Since its reopening in 1996, the auditorium stage has welcomed artists such as Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Melissa Etheridge, Yo Yo Ma, Ellie Goulding, comedians George Lopez, Mike Epps and Ron White and bands from The Doobie Brothers, The Moody Blues, Duran Duran, Death Cab for Cutie and The Avett Brothers. Memorial Auditorium is a sentimental venue for the many thousands of graduates from regional high schools, colleges and professional schools that hold their commencements each May and June in the building. It has lived up to its mission as a multi-purpose venue, as it still serves as the venue of choice for not only entertainment and sporting events but meetings, conferences, banquets, receptions and speaking engagements.