The college’s auditorium has hosted graduations, entertainers and political campaigns
of former Presidents.
The SBVC Auditorium has been the architectural gem of the campus for more than 70
years. Former President Richard M. Nixon and former First Lady Hillary Clinton participated
in U.S. Senate campaigns in 1950 and 1996 inside the 650-seat venue. Famed comedian
Bob Hope, joined by actress Dorothy Lamour and comedian Jerry Colonna, staged a live
broadcast of his show in 1947.
A historical perspective
When SBVC opened its doors in 1926, the Auditorium was about a decade away from being
built. Construction began in 1936 but it took three years to complete due to a skilled
labor shortage and federal restrictions. The Works Progress Administration project
cost $168,000. The auditorium underwent a major renovation and restoration from 2004
to 2006, retrofitting the visual icon and adding new seats, paint and lighting.
A room for rent
Organizations wishing to rent the auditorium for a special event may call (909) 384-4400.