10th Critics' Choice Awards
The 10th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 10, 2005, honoring the finest achievements of 2004 filmmaking. The Aviator Collateral Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Finding Neverland Hotel Rwanda Kinsey Million Dollar Baby The Phantom of the Opera Ray Sideways Jamie Foxx – Ray Javier Bardem – The Sea Inside Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda Johnny Depp – Finding Neverland Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator Paul Giamatti – Sideways Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby Annette Bening – Being Julia Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake Uma Thurman – Kill Bill: Volume 2 Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The Incredibles The Polar Express Shrek 2 Sideways Closer The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Ocean's Twelve Howard Shore – The Aviator Michael Giacchino – The Incredibles Rolfe Kent – Sideways Martin Scorsese – The Aviator Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby Marc Forster – Finding Neverland Taylor Hackford – Ray Alexander Payne – Sideways Fahrenheit 9/11 Finding Neverland Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Miracle Spider-Man 2 The Sea Inside • Spain House of Flying Daggers • China Maria Full of Grace • Colombia The Motorcycle Diaries • Argentina A Very Long Engagement • France Sideways The Aviator Collateral Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Finding Neverland Hotel Rwanda Kinsey Million Dollar Baby The Phantom of the Opera Ray The Life and Death of Peter Sellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven Something the Lord Made The Wool Cap Spider-Man 2 The Bourne Supremacy The Incredibles Napoleon Dynamite The Passion of the Christ "Old Habits Die Hard" – Alfie "Accidentally in Love" – Shrek 2 "Believe" – The Polar Express "Ray" "Alfie" "Beyond the Sea" "De-Lovely" "Garden State" Thomas Haden Church – Sideways Jamie Foxx – Collateral Morgan Freeman – Million Dollar Baby Clive Owen – Closer Peter Sarsgaard – Kinsey Virginia Madsen – Sideways Cate Blanchett – The Aviator Laura Linney – Kinsey Natalie Portman – Closer Kate Winslet – Finding Neverland Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor – Sideways Bill Condon – Kinsey Charlie Kaufman – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind John Logan – The Aviator David Magee – Finding Neverland Freddie Highmore – Finding Neverland Liam Aiken – Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Cameron Bright – Birth Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban William Ullrich – Beyond the Sea Emmy Rossum – The Phantom of the Opera Emily Browning – Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Dakota Fanning – Man on Fire Lindsay Lohan – Mean Girls Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 5 / 8 Sideways: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cast, Best Writer 2 / 4 Ray: Best Actor and Best Soundtrack 2 / 6 The Aviator: Best Director and Best Composer 2 / 7 Finding Neverland: Best Family Film and Best Young Actor 1 / 1 Fahrenheit 9/11: Best Documentary Film 1 / 2 Alfie: Best Song 1 / 2 The Phantom of the Opera: Best Young Actress 1 / 2 The Sea Inside: Best Foreign Language Film 1 / 2 Spider-Man 2: Best Popular Film 1 / 3 The Incredibles: Best Animated Film 1 / 4 Million Dollar Baby: Best Actress
18th Critics' Choice Awards
The 18th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 10, 2013 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, honoring the finest achievements of 2012 filmmaking. The ceremony hosted by Sam Rubin; the nominees were announced on December 11, 2012. Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln The Master Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Ben Affleck – Argo Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty Tom Hooper – Les Misérables Ang Lee – Life of Pi David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook Steven Spielberg – Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln as Abraham Lincoln Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook as Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, Jr. John Hawkes – The Sessions as Mark O'Brien Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables as Jean Valjean Joaquin Phoenix – The Master as Freddie Quell Denzel Washington – Flight as William "Whip" Whitaker Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty as Maya Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone as Stéphanie Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany Maxwell Emmanuelle Riva – Amour as Anne Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild as Hushpuppy Naomi Watts – The Impossible as Maria Bennett Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master as Lancaster Dodd Alan Arkin – Argo as Lester Siegel Javier Bardem – Skyfall as Raoul Silva Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook as Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, Sr. Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln as Thaddeus Stevens Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike as Dallas Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables as Fantine Amy Adams – The Master as Peggy Dodd Judi Dench – Skyfall as M Ann Dowd – Compliance as Sandra Sally Field – Lincoln as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln Helen Hunt – The Sessions as Cheryl Cohen-Greene Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild as Hushpuppy Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa as Ginger Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom as Suzy Bishop Tom Holland – The Impossible as Lucas Bennett Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower as Charlie Kelmeckis Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi as Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel Silver Linings Playbook Argo The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Les Misérables Lincoln Moonrise Kingdom Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained John Gatins – Flight Rian Johnson – Looper Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty Tony Kushner – Lincoln Chris Terrio – Argo David Magee – Life of Pi Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook Wreck-It Ralph Brave Frankenweenie Ice Age: Continental Drift Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Rise of the Guardians Skyfall The Amazing Spider-Man The Avengers The Dark Knight Rises Looper Daniel Craig – Skyfall as James Bond Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises as Bruce Wayne / Batman Robert Downey Jr.
– The Avengers as Tony Stark / Iron Man Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Looper as Young Joe Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch as Brian Taylor Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games as Katniss Everdeen Emily Blunt – Looper as Sara Gina Carano – Haywire as Mallory Kane Judi Dench – Skyfall as M Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises as Selina Kyle / Catwoman Silver Linings Playbook 21 Jump Street Bernie Ted This Is 40 Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook as Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, Jr. Jack Black – Bernie as Bernie Tiede Paul Rudd – This Is 40 as Pete Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street as Greg Jenko / Brad McQuaid Mark Wahlberg – Ted as John Bennett Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany Maxwell Mila Kunis – Ted as Lori Collins Shirley MacLaine – Bernie as Marjorie "Marge" Nugent Leslie Mann – This Is 40 as Debbie Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect as Fat Amy Looper The Cabin in the Woods Prometheus Amour • Austria / France / Germany The Intouchables • France A Royal Affair • Denmark Rust and Bone • France Searching for Sugar Man Bully The Central Park Five The Imposter The Queen of Versailles West of Memphis Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer – Anna Karenina Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson – Les Misérables David Gropman and Anna Pinnock – Life of Pi Rick Carter and Jim Erickson – Lincoln Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi Janusz Kamiński – Lincoln Danny Cohen – Les Misérables Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
– The Master Roger Deakins – Skyfall Jacqueline Durran – Anna Karenina Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud – Cloud Atlas Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Paco Delgado – Les Misérables Joanna Johnston – Lincoln William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor – Zero Dark Thirty William Goldenberg – Argo Melanie Oliver and Chris Dickens – Les Misérables Tim Squyres – Life of Pi Michael Kahn – Lincoln Cloud Atlas The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Les Misérables Lincoln John Williams – Lincoln Alexandre Desplat – Argo Mychael Danna – Life of Pi Jonny Greenwood – The Master Alexandre Desplat – Moonrise Kingdom "Skyfall" – performed by Adele/written by Adele and Paul Epworth – Skyfall "For You" – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell and Keith Urban – Act of Valor "Learn Me Right" – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave "Still Alive" – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive "Suddenly" – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables Life of Pi The Avengers Cloud Atlas The Dark Knight Rises The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Lord of the Rings Batman Harry Potter Indiana Jones James Bond Spider-Man Star Trek Star Wars Toy Story Twilight Judd Apatow The following four films received multiple awards
17th Critics' Choice Awards
The 17th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 12, 2012 at the Hollywood Palladium, honoring the finest achievements of 2011 filmmaking. The ceremony was broadcast on VH1, hosted by Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer; the nominees were announced on December 13, 2011. The Artist The Descendants Drive Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball The Tree of Life War Horse Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Stephen Daldry – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Alexander Payne – The Descendants Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive Martin Scorsese – Hugo Steven Spielberg – War Horse George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar as J. Edgar Hoover Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin Michael Fassbender – Shame as Brandon Sullivan Ryan Gosling – Drive as Driver Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clarke Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene as Martha Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin as Eve Khatchadourian Charlize Theron – Young Adult as Mavis Gary Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier Albert Brooks – Drive as Bernie Rose Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon Patton Oswalt – Young Adult as Matt Freehauf Andy Serkis – Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Caesar Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price Carey Mulligan – Shame as Sissy Sullivan Shailene Woodley – The Descendants as Alexandra King Thomas Horn – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close as Oskar Schell Asa Butterfield – Hugo as Hugo Cabret Elle Fanning – Super 8 as Alice Dainard Ezra Miller – We Need to Talk About Kevin as Kevin Khatchadourian Saoirse Ronan – Hanna as Hanna Heller Shailene Woodley – The Descendants as Alexandra King The Help The Artist Bridesmaids The Descendants The Ides of March Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris Will Reiser – 50/50 Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni – Win Win Diablo Cody – Young Adult Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin – Moneyball Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants Eric Roth – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Tate Taylor – The Help John Logan – Hugo Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo – Hugo Laurence Bennett, Gregory S. Hooper – The Artist Rick Carter, Lee Sandales – War Horse Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Jack Fisk, David Crank – The Tree of Life Janusz Kamiński – War Horse Emmanuel Lubezki – The Tree of Life Robert Richardson – Hugo Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist Newton Thomas Sigel – Drive Mark Bridges – The Artist Sharen Davis – The Help Sandy Powell – Hugo Michael O'Connor – Jane Eyre Jill Taylor – My Week with Marilyn Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion – The Artist Mat Newman – Drive Thelma Schoonmaker – Hugo Michael Kahn – War Horse Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Albert Nobbs The Iron Lady J. Edgar My Week with Marilyn Ludovic Bource – The Artist Cliff Martinez – Drive Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Howard Shore – Hugo John Williams – War Horse "Life's a Happy Song" – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets "Hello Hello" – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Gnomeo & Juliet "The Living Proof" – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.
– The Help "Man or Muppet" – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets "Pictures in My Head" – performed by Kermit and The Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis, Chen Neeman –The Muppets Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Hugo Super 8 The Tree of Life War Horse Rise of the Planet of the Apes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Hugo Super 8 The Tree of Life Rango The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Arthur Christmas Kung Fu Panda 2 Puss in Boots Drive Fast Five Hanna Rise of the Planet of the Apes Super 8 Bridesmaids Crazy, Love. Horrible Bosses Midnight in Paris The Muppets George Harrison: Living in the Material World Buck Cave of Forgotten Dreams Page One: Inside the New York Times Project Nim Undefeated A Separation • Iran In Darkness • Poland Le Havre • Finland The Skin I Live In • Spain Where Do We Go Now? • Lebanon Martin Scorsese Sean Penn
The Hollywood Palladium is a theater located at 6215 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It was built in a Streamline Moderne, Art Deco style and includes an 11,200 square foot dance floor including a mezzanine and a floor level with room for up to 4,000 people; the theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler funded the construction of the art deco Hollywood Palladium at a cost of $1.6 million in 1940. It was built where the original Paramount lot once stood by film producer Maurice Cohen and is located between Argyle and El Centro avenues; the dance hall was designed by Gordon Kaufmann, architect of the Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building and the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. He was the architect for the Hoover Dam and early Caltech dorms; the ballroom opened on October 31, 1940 with a dance featuring Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra and band vocalist Frank Sinatra. It had six bars serving liquor and two more serving soft drinks and a $1 cover charge and a $3 charge for dinner.
During World War II, the Palladium hosted radio broadcasts featuring Betty Grable greeting servicemens' song requests. Big Band acts began losing popularity in the 1950s, causing the Palladium to hold charity balls, political events, auto shows, rock concerts. In 1961, it became the home of the long-running Lawrence Welk Show. From 1955-1976, the venue was the scene of Latin Music Orchestras for ragers sponsored by radio personality Chico Sesma titled Latin Holidays; the Tito Puente Orchestra performed between 1957-1977 to sold-out houses of 5000. President John F. Kennedy attended a dinner given in his honor by the California Democratic Party at the Palladium on November 18, 1961. In 1964, it was announced that none of the jazz bands scheduled were to be paid and a riot ensued after the show was cancelled; the Joe Loco Orchestra and show performed on the March 1965 Latin Holiday with singer/dancer Josephine "Josie" Powell. Pop Expo'69, referred to as a "teenage fair," was a youth-oriented event held from 28 March to 6 April 1969 at the Palladium, included performances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the MC5.
In 1973 Stevie Wonder performed with Taj Mahal in what was advertised as an "Afrocentric concert" to benefit African refugees. Beginning in the 1980s and 90s, punk rock and heavy metal concerts started to be booked at the venue. Several white power disturbances resulted leading to the Palladium closing for eight weeks, starting in February 1993. Since 1985, the theater has been owned by Palladium Investors Ltd. a held group. Curfews were implemented in 1993 and a show by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was called off because of a brawl that occurred a few nights earlier, it was used for Hollywood celebrity parties. In 2007, the owners agreed to a long-term lease to operate and book the Hollywood Palladium with Live Nation, a Los Angeles-based company; the Palladium reopened with a Jay-Z concert on October 15, 2008 after a year-long, multimillion-dollar renovation by Live Nation. The renovation included an overhaul of the venue's interior and exterior, a new dance floor, expanded concessions, upgraded restrooms and improvements to the stage infrastructure.
Jay-Z performed for nearly an hour-and-half, backed by an eight-piece band and DJ AM, who played his first show after surviving a plane crash in South Carolina. The Hollywood Palladium was used as the memorial service site for DJ AM on September 3, 2009. For the 2008-2009 season, a yearlong table for four cost $30,000. An expansion of the Palladium property parking lot was approved by the Los Angeles City council on March 2016; the plan consists of two 28 story residential towers. Each tower will stand 350 feet tall and create 731 condominiums, 24,000 sq ft store front retail space and a below grade parking garage; the Towers were designed by Stanley Saitowits of Natoma Architects. The "L" shaped design resembles and echoes the Streamline Moderne - art deco design of the Palladium; the firm intends to break ground in 2018 as the site is prepped and lawsuits are settled. The Hollywood Palladium has been featured in many movies and TV shows over the years: The Day of the Locust. Skatetown, U. S. A..
The final concert scene in The Blues Brothers depicted as "Palace Hotel Ballroom". The exterior was the South Shore Country Club in Chicago.. Richard Pryor performed two dates in December 1981 and was filmed for the theatrical release Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip in March 1982. Keith Richards released a CD and DVD of his solo concert Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988; the punk band Bad Religion recorded Live at the Palladium in 2006, a collection from their two days of performances. Thrash Metal band Megadeth filmed a live DVD based on the 20th anniversary of their album Rust in Peace at The Palladium. Luna Sea performed their first American concert at the Palladium on December 4, 2010, it was recorded in 3D and released as both a live album and concert film, Luna Sea 3D in Los Angeles. In 2016 Dave Chappelle filmed his Netflix special at Palladium. List of music venues in Los Angeles National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles Theater in California House Of Blues
11th Critics' Choice Awards
The 11th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 9, 2006, honoring the finest achievements of 2005 filmmaking. Brokeback Mountain Capote Cinderella Man The Constant Gardener Crash Good Night, Good Luck. King Kong Memoirs of a Geisha Munich Walk the Line Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote Russell Crowe – Cinderella Man Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain Joaquin Phoenix – Walk the Line David Strathairn – Good Night, Good Luck. Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line Joan Allen – The Upside of Anger Judi Dench – Mrs Henderson Presents Felicity Huffman – Transamerica Keira Knightley – Pride & Prejudice Charlize Theron – North Country Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Chicken Little Corpse Bride Howl's Moving Castle Robots Crash Good Night, Good Luck. Rent Sin City Syriana The 40-Year-Old Virgin Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Mrs Henderson Presents The Producers Wedding Crashers John Williams – Memoirs of a Geisha James Horner – The New World Gustavo Santaolalla – Brokeback Mountain Nancy Wilson – Elizabethtown Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain George Clooney – Good Night, Good Luck.
Paul Haggis – Crash Ron Howard – Cinderella Man Peter Jackson – King Kong Steven Spielberg – Munich March of the Penguins Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Grizzly Man Mad Hot Ballroom Murderball The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Kung Fu Hustle • China / Hong Kong 2046 • China / France / Germany / Hong Kong Hidden • France Oldboy • South Korea Paradise Now • Palestine Authority Brokeback Mountain Capote Cinderella Man The Constant Gardener Crash Good Night, Good Luck. King Kong Memoirs of a Geisha Munich Walk the Line Into the West No Direction Home Rome Warm Springs "Hustle & Flow" – Hustle & Flow "Same in Any Language" performed by I Nine – Elizabethtown "Seasons of Love" performed by Tracie Thoms, Jesse L. Martin and Cast – Rent "Shake Your Tali Feather" performed by The Cheetah Girls – Chicken Little "Travelin' Thru" performed by Dolly Parton – Transamerica "Walk the Line" "Elizabethtown" "Memoirs of a Geisha" "The Producers" "Rent" Paul Giamatti – Cinderella Man George Clooney – Syriana Kevin Costner – The Upside of Anger Matt Dillon – Crash Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain Terrence Howard – Crash Amy Adams – Junebug Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain Maria Bello – A History of Violence Catherine Keener – Capote Frances McDormand – North Country Rachel Weisz – The Constant Gardener Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco – Crash Noah Baumbach – The Squid and the Whale George Clooney and Grant Heslov – Good Night, Good Luck.
Dan Futterman – Capote Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana – Brokeback Mountain Freddie Highmore – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Alex Etel – Millions Jesse Eisenberg – The Squid and the Whale Owen Kline – The Squid and the Whale Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Dakota Fanning – War of the Worlds Flora Cross – Bee Season Georgie Henley – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Q'orianka Kilcher – The New World Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
24th Critics' Choice Awards
The 24th Critics' Choice Awards were presented on January 13, 2019 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, together with its television awards, honoring the finest achievements of 2018 filmmaking. The ceremony hosted by Taye Diggs; the nominations were announced on December 10, 2018. Claire Foy Chuck Lorre 9th Critics' Choice Television Awards
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is a multi-purpose convention center at 1855 Main Street in Santa Monica, owned by the City of Santa Monica. It was designed by Welton Becket; the building was made of reinforced concrete and combined elements of a theater, concert hall, trade show and convention auditorium. Parabolic pylons supported the exterior grand cantilevered canopy fronting a glass curtain wall and brise soleil, a patterned wall that reduced the effects of the sun's glare. For trade shows, the Civic Auditorium features 11,775 sq ft, while the stage adds 4,485 sq ft more space, for a total of 16,260 sq ft; the East Wing meeting room adds an additional 4,200 sq ft, while the main lobby features 6,708 sq ft. The main hall of the Civic is adaptable for not only trade shows, but sporting events, meetings, awards shows and other events; as a concert venue it can seat 3,000, as a banquet hall 720 in tables, as a sports arena it can seat up to 2,500. The most touted innovation was the auditorium's main floor, which in a matter of seconds could be tilted by a hydraulic mechanism to form raked seating for theatrical productions or a flat surface for dancing or exhibits.
The main floor of the auditorium can thus be raised or lowered to create a raked floor for theatre seating or a level floor for exhibits. The parcel includes the auditorium and surrounding land bounded on the north by the county building, on the west by Main Street, on the east by 4th Street and on the south by Pico Boulevard; the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium opened in summer 1958. At that time, it was the second-largest auditorium in the Los Angeles area; the $2.9-million city-owned project soon became an acclaimed music venue, for artists as varied as David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Village People, Dave Brubeck, Laura Nyro, The Limeliters, Ella Fitzgerald, Traffic, Tim Buckley and Bob Dylan. On October 28 and 29, 1964, the auditorium was host to the T. A. M. I. Show, a filmed concert featuring James Brown and The Rolling Stones. A home of the Academy Awards from 1961 to 1967, the auditorium remains home to the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. Pink Floyd performed there on May 1, 1970.
George Carlin's album Class Clown was recorded at the auditorium on May 27, 1972, was released that year on September 29. Carlin first performed his infamous monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" at the show's finale. On July 21, 1972, Carlin was arrested and charged with violating obscenity laws after performing the routine at Summerfest; the Eagles performed three consecutive shows during The Long Run Tour on July 27–29, 1980. The show was recorded and featured on their live album, entitled Eagles Live. Blue Öyster Cult played in support of its Club Ninja album in March 1986. On April 9, 1982, "Weird Al" Yankovic made his first major appearance at the auditorium, when his band opened for Missing Persons, it was not a happy experience. In 1986, the Santa Monica City Council discussed a preliminary report containing four plans calling for various combinations of office buildings, a hotel, a museum, a conference center, a playhouse, parking garages and open space and, in two of the plans, demolition of the auditorium.
By the 2000s, the Civic Auditorium was operating at an annual deficit of as much as $2 million, which the city has had to cover. The City of Santa Monica began to plan for a $51.9-million renovation using redevelopment funds and negotiated with the Nederlander Organization to book events. That effort was suspended after Governor Jerry Brown dissolved community redevelopment agencies. Per the Santa Monica Mirror newspaper, the auditorium was expected to close in July 2013 for at least five years, it needs at least $23 million in accessibly upgrades. A complete renovation would exceed $50 million. From an economic perspective, it would be cheaper to replace it, but many consider it a landmark worth preserving; the city has an annual budget of more than half of a billion dollars and is considering its priorities. Phish made their only appearance at the venue on December 10, 1994, the final show of their 1994 fall tour. "As of 2016 the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is available for limited filming, photo shoots, private events, meetings".
The Civic Auditorium parking lot is used for shows like the AltCar Expo Conference that took place in September 2016. The AltCar Expo features hi-tech electric vehicles equipped with latest technology. AltCar Expo List of convention centers in the United States Official site