For seventy years it was
known as Forex the Oakland Civic Auditorium. Audiences came to enjoy professional
sports, theatrical events, and many of the great artists of the
time. In 1984, following a $15 million refurbishment to reflect
the splendor of its historic and fabled past, the Oakland
Auditorium was reborn as the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.
With functional lighting/sound equipment and classic,
sophisticated, decor, the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center is a
veritable gem of a presenting facility. A hub of performing arts,
entertainment, sports and community activities, the historical Center
offers four distinct rental spaces: the
Kaiser Arena, Calvin
Simmons Theatre, Ballroom,and
Goldroom. The Center,
accommodates audiences ranging in size from 150 to 8,000. Centrally
located near downtown Oakland, the Center is accessible by public
transportation (AC Transit, BART) or by car. It is at 10 10th St.,
adjacent to the Oakland Museum, and within walking distance of Oakland's
City Center, Chinatown, the Lake Merritt Business district and is
in proximity to the Embarcadaro and Jack London Square's thriving
There is parking adjacent to the Center for 207 vehicles.
Additional street parking and spaces at the Oakland Museum and/or
Laney College(immediate vicinity) are available.
Whatever type of event you plan, the Henry J. Kaiser
can serve your needs. Four rooms offer you total flexibility in
selecting just the right facility for you next event. The Center's
Staff and Management are eager to assist you in your planning requirements
for the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. We invite your inquiries
to our Sales Department (510) 238-7765.
The Kaiser Center is wheelchair accessible.