Gaillard Center, Charleston

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Gaillard Center is a concert hall and performance venue in Charleston, South Carolina. It opened in 2015 and replaced the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. Both buildings were named after John Palmer Gaillard Jr., mayor of Charleston from 1959 to 1975. Constructing the new facility was a central priority of mayor Joe Riley's administration. The opening, planned for early 2015 in time for the city's Spoleto Festival, was delayed by six months due to budgetary overages. Yo-Yo Ma performed at the opening of the center.
The original structure, the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium and Exhibition Hall, opened in July of 1968. For over 40 years, it served as Charleston’s star venue for thousands of memorable performances and civic events. When it first opened, the contemporary Gaillard Auditorium was a symbol of ambition for Charleston’s economic prosperity, cultural growth, status, and civic pride.

With its 2,750-seat music hall and its large multipurpose exhibition hall, the Gaillard became Charleston’s largest performing arts venue. The Gaillard became home to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1980s, and with the founding of Spoleto Festival USA in 1977, it helped propel Charleston onto the world stage.
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  • This is a first class facility, whether for a SeWe Expo or a concert.....especially the latter. Sightlines are great; acoustics spot-on; staff friendly and helpful. Parking immediately adjacent a...  more »
  • We saw Little Big Town last night and it was fabulous. Staff was great..everyone from the gentleman I spoke with to order tickets to the bartenders. There were 4 of us and we sat in one of the second....  more »
  • Fabulous facility to hold an even more fabulous event. The Low Country Jazz Festival. A yearly event for us! Charleston has done itself proud.
  • Attended the Low Country Jazz Festival, Labor Day weekend 2019. Beautiful venue. One drawback, the sound quality for the opening artists was very poor.

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