The Civic Auditorium houses the Administrative Offices of Kingsport Parks and Recreation along with the Athletics Office. The Civic Auditorium was opened in March 1940 and is open for rentals of the auditorium and meeting/party rooms.
In December 1938, the City took two important steps in the development of a Parks and Recreation program. First, the Board approved a preliminary estimate of the proposed Kingsport auditorium (the armory and recreation building). Plans for the estimated $100,000 structure were prepared by Allen Dryden, architect. Second, the Board approved the committee’s report to buy the Legion swimming pool and equipment. By votes of 5-0, the Board approved these items, including the filing of bids for the construction of the auditorium, the awarding of the contract to Mr. Dryden, and a resolution to issue bonds for the acquisition of land and the construction of the auditorium (Minute Book, 20 December 1938, page 1829).
The Administrative Offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 p.m.
The main auditorium measures 110 ft by 70 ft., with a 40 ft. ceiling and 21 ft. x 32 ft. raised stage. The auditorium holds a capacity of 800 persons theatre style seating or standing, and 560 persons dinner/dance seating.