ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM


When the curtain was drawn open on December 1, 1930 a showplace of dreams was unveiled and the highest aspirations of the citizens of South Carolina were born in the new Township Auditorium.    Designed and built by prominent South Carolina architects Lafaye & Lafaye Associates the Township was the first multi-purpose facility or showplace in the Carolinas. Hailed and exalted for its architecture, acoustics, and sightlines when it was first built, the Township has survived world wars, economic boons, recessions, social turmoil, and the renaissance of Columbia’s Downtown City Center.
 
The new edifice, a sparkling gem in the state capitol, was built to replace the Columbia Theatre or, as it was locally known, the Columbia Opera House, which was located on the corner of Main and Gervais Sts.
 
Columbia, being on the rail line midway between New York and Miami was a popular stop for many famous entertainers of the era and The Township played host to them all. From John Philip Sousa’s Orchestra on opening day to Duke Ellington, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Leonard Bernstein, and the rock- and- roll icon of his day, Elvis Presley, The Township represents a priceless link with our city’s past and the history of its cultural development.
 
Hosting a variety of events, The Township has been home to many entertainers, performers, and local groups from graduations, dance recitals, and inaugural galas.  At 90+ years, there are no signs of slowing down.  In just the past few years, the Township has played host to some of the biggest headliners of today including Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappell, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, Steve Martin, Martin Short and so many more!

 


 

On this day in Township History
(12.05.22)
2019: Tracy Lawrence
2017: Richland County Tax Sale
2014: Joe Bonamassa
2011: Richland County Tax Sale
2003: A Christmas Carol
1996: Bruce Springsteen
1993: The Singing Christmas Tree
1992: Reggae Show
1986: A Christmas Carol
1983: National Theatre of Performing Arts
1977: Lear & Stewart
1947: Efrem Zimbalist
1947: Alicia Markova & Anton Dolin
1944: Wrestling
1942: W.I.S.
1941: Elks Dance
1940: Boxing
1939: Wrestling
1934: Brown Skin Models

 

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