Sunday, June 30, 2013

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to close after 55 years as cultural mecca

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to close after 55 years as cultural mecca: Santa Monica is trying to develop plans for its famed but deteriorating Civic, which hosted performances by Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra and Prince and was the site of a famed concert film.

In the summer of 1958, Santa Monica inaugurated its dazzling concrete, glass and steel Civic Auditorium, an emblem of the mid-century modern International Style then popular throughout the world.