Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

This renovation and expansion of the San Antonio’s historic Municipal Auditorium celebrates the venue’s unique character while providing a state-of-the-art facility for San Antonio’s cultural arts groups. While the familiar and beloved exterior remains, the Center‘s interior has been reconfigured to house a 1,750-seat theater, a second smaller theater, rehearsal facilities, educational spaces, and offices . It serves as the permanent home for San Antonio’s major performing arts organizations, including the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet, and Opera.  A striking feature of the project is the technology that allows it to transform from a nearly 1,800-seat performance hall into a flat floor ballroom space. This flexibility enhances the hall’s use for music and special events, and helps to generate additional revenue for the Center.

Project Location: San Antonio, TX

Client Name: Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation

Project Name: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Architect: LMN Architects / Marmon Mok Architecture

Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates

Project Year: 2014

Project Size: 1,750-seats

Project Cost: US $107,000,000



  • IAVM Venue Excellence Awards for Performing Arts Centers, 2016
  • AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Award of Merit, 2016
  • AIA San Antonio, Honor Award, 2016


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