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
2017: SoSo Summer 17
2007: Cardinal Newman Graduation
2007: Ron White
2001: Message in Our Music Project 2001
1994: Phat Justice
1989: Gospel Talent
1985: Gospel Keynotes
1984: Calvert Brodie Dance Recital
1982: A Chorus Line
1944: Dreher Commencement
1939: Booker Washington Commencement