Built in 1926, and reopened in 1996 the all purpose Memorial Auditorium holds numerous events including the Shrine Circus, ... More
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Built in 1926, and reopened in 1996 the all purpose Memorial Auditorium holds numerous events including the Shrine Circus, college basketball, professional boxing, and concerts featuring Dave Matthews, Prince, and Smokey Robinson.
The Sacramento Memorial Auditorium was built in honor of area soldiers who were lost during the first world war. For many years it was the largest auditorium in Northern California. All major events took place there until ARCO Arena was built in the late 1980s.
All of the area's high schools hold their graduations there and all of the touring shows were presented on the auditorium's stage. Circuses, rock shows, basketball games -- everything took place at Memorial Auditorium, and many events still do.
Boxing and professional wrestling matches were held there bi-weekly for decades. From 1960 through 1979, promoter Roy Shire often sold out the auditorium for his successful "Big Time Wrestling" shows.
The auditorium has also been the site of countless political events, hosting visiting U.S. Presidents and celebrating the inaguration of California's governors.
Anyone who grew up in the Sacramento area looks back fondly at their memories of attending shows held there long ago. Today, Memorial Audtorium is still used for graduations, wrestling and boxing, touring shows and conventions as part of the Sacramento Convention Center.
A few years ago, the auditorium was completely re-furbished to meet new earthquake safety standards. It contains one of the largest theatrical pipe organs still in operation in the United States.
The end of the main floor nearest the stage can be lifted hydraulically so the entire ground floor is flat and at the same level of the stage when used for the circus, roller derby, or for wrestling matches. When the seats are arranged like a theater, the end of the floor nearest the stage is hydraulically lowered several feet so the stage looks "elevated" and the seating is "tiered" to make it easier for spectators in back to see the stage.
If you ever have an opportunity to see a show in Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium, you will fall in love with this grand old building too.
this is my all-time favorite venue in Sacramento. I wished all concerts took place in here rather than that dump known as Arco Arena. Plus, it's bigger, and the whole interior reminded me of being inside some huge University. I love the concert house, as well. As I recall the whole area, even the stage, looked brilliant with the lights off. Whenever I pass by this structure, it puts a smile on my face. It's not only good for concerts, but graduations as well. I am damn proud to have graduated here at the SMA for my high school graduation. I love the SMA!
The memorial auditorium is my top most favorite concert venue ever. The people here are slightly better than those at Arco Arena. I mean, the staff at Arco seems to be very rude compared to the ones at SMA. And plus, in terms of driving distance, it's much, much closer. I love looking at the building both in and out as its beauty always takes my breath away. I am damn proud to have graduated my high school years here instead of that dump Arco Arena. Although I never been to any concerts at the SMA besides one, I still love SMA nonetheless. All-in-all, the SMA rules.
If you are interested in historic preservation, this is a great place. It's been rescued from the wrecker's ball after years of slow decline.
The old theater organ is being restored.
It's a great place to go if the event you want to see is being held here.
I absolutely lovewd memorial auditorium. It is one of the most fascinating buildings in sacramento, and as soon as i first stepped foor inside, i could imagine myself walking the same footsteps of those many years ago. The acoustics were amazing and the views from all seats were incrdible. I hope to go back soon.
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