Before it was built, there was no place in the city that could sit more than 2,000 people. The city decided to remedy this situation by constructing the auditorium, which had a seating capacity for 6,000 in the main theatre. Major renovations took place in 1967 when the large theatre was downsized and other changes were made. The name of the building was changed to its current one as well. Another round of renovations took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was during this time that the Civic Center attained its excellent acoustics.