Henry J. Kaiser Civic Auditorium
The Henry J. Kaiser Civic Auditorium is a historic arena and theatre in the heart of Oakland's Lake Merritt district. Originally constructed in 1914. The building was vacant for more than 10 years, but is currently undergoing a seismic retrofit and renovation.
The Calvin Simmons Theatre will return as a stunning performing arts center, hosting live performances and providing event and practice spaces big and small for local arts organizations. The building’s basement will house music studios, makers’ spaces, and storage space for the Theatre and local arts organizations. A new four-story building-within-a building will brace the structure laterally, adding seismic support and additional office space for arts and nonprofit groups.
The Arena space will be mixed commercial, providing consistent access to the former Oakland Auditorium and financial support for the building’s arts and non-profit uses. The Arena will be dotted with local retailers along Lake Merritt, with plentiful outdoor space and beautiful views of the Lake.
10 10th St.