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The Civic Theatre

Downtown Kalamazoo Community Theater (1931– current)

Southeast corner of South Street and Park Street (329 South Park Street).

The 537 seat Civic Theatre was built in 1931 as a non-professional community theater employing amateur talent, and continues active. The relatively small stage was fully configured for dramatic presentations.

Visit The Civic Theatre website for a brief history of the Civic.

View the Kalamazoo Civic Playbill Archive (1929⁠–⁠2019)

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, c.1931. F. Neifert photo (The Civic).
Kalamazoo Civic seating chart (Civic)


Information originally compiled in 1995 by J.P. Jenks. Additional information was later added by library staff. Information compiled from Kalamazoo City Directory listings, details obtained in researching newspaper reports published at the time by the Kalamazoo Gazette and Kalamazoo Telegraph Press, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, Kalamazoo County Warranty Deeds and numerous other sources.

Updated March 2019.

Additional Resources


A history of theater in Kalamazoo
Pixley, Jorge V., 1958
H 792 P694

Theater in Kalamazoo from 1860–1890
Johns, Marion, 1955
H 792 J65

Local History Room Files

Subject File: Theater

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