Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
The Tobin facade
Address 115 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio
United States
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Capacity H-E-B Performance Hall: 1,760
Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater: 300
Riverwalk Plaza: 600
Built 1926 (opened as San Antonio Municipal Auditorium)
Reopened Sept 4, 2014

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is San Antonio's performing arts center. It is located next to the San Antonio Riverwalk. It is named for Robert L.B. Tobin, one of the city's most prominent residents.


The 1738 seat venue[1] was first built in 1926 as the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium by Atlee Ayres, and was later renovated and fully expanded by the Seattle-based LMN Architects and the local firm Marmon Mok Architecture in 2014 to its current status.[2][3]

In 2008 Barack Obama gave a speech in front of the building to his supporters during the 2008 presidential election campaign.[4]

October 2, 2014 saw the appearance of Sir Paul McCartney performing a special benefit concert for the Tobin Center.[5]

On July 16, 2015 Meghan Trainor performed a sold out concert with over 2,000 tickets sold. The concert was part of her 2015 summer tour entitled, The MTrain Tour.

Performance and other venues

H-E-B Performance Hall

This 1738-seat theater at the core of the Center was designed to accommodate both acoustic and amplified performances with the specific intent of being the home to the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio, and Ballet San Antonio.

Within the theater itself, seating is distributed on four levels — orchestra, grand tier boxes, mezzanine, and balcony.

Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

Built as a "black box theater", the hexagon shaped space is a unique venue that offers a blank canvas customizable for any event.


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  2. "Marmon Mok Architecture – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts". Retrieved 2015-05-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "In Detail> Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - The Architect's Newspaper". Retrieved 2015-05-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Obama Campaign Rally San Antonio | Video |". Retrieved 2015-05-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "McCartney Magical at Tobin". My San Antonio. Retrieved 2015-12-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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