Municipal Auditorium

801 N. Tamiami Trl.
Sarasota, FL 34236-4052
Municipal Auditorium - An icon in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s cultural district, the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium stands out as a premier event space for formal and corporate events.
Municipal Auditorium - An icon in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s cultural district, the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium stands out as a premier event space for formal and corporate events.

SARASOTA’S ORIGINAL MEETING PLACE

The Historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium is “The” place in southwest Florida for all of your business and promotional activities.  Promise your guests the scenic waterfront beauty of Sarasota Bay while spending time in a city that is known for its cultural excellence.

Listed with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it is frequented by more than 100,000 visitors annually. Historically renovated in the late 1990’s and again in 2018, the stunning hardwood floors and tall ceilings provide great acoustics and the right atmosphere for all of your activities.  From weddings, concerts and banquets, to exhibits, business meetings, trade shows and fundraising events, the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium will help you make your event a memorable success.

Built in 1938, it’s Art Deco and Modern design is a community landmark.  Designed by Chicago architect, Thomas Reed Martin and Clarence A. Martin, the auditorium has become a focal point for Sarasota’s cultural scene as well.  During World War II, the auditorium served as the Army and Nay Club for Sarasota’s service men and women.  Throughout history, the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium has hosted the Florida West Coast Symphony, Sarasota Youth Orchestra’s Debutante Ball, the Miss Florida pageant and countless area high school and proms.  Prior to the Van Wezel opening, the SMA was the premier concert hall and showcased a variety of musical performances from Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong to “Earth, Wind, & Fire.”

 

“The Municipal Auditorium is one of less than a handful of Art Deco gems left in Sarasota.  It was built by the people, for the people with funding from President Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration program in 1937.  The auditorium played a role in lifting Sarasota out of the Great Depression and continues to serve us through good times and bad as a center for both commerce and entertainment.” – Lee Gaines, Creative Director, Sarasota History Alive!

 

So, when you think about where you are going to host your next event – think about the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium – “The” premier facility of Florida’s Suncoast.