As early as the beginning of the 20th century, citizens of Greenville were keenly aware of the need for an auditorium, a gathering place for all citizens. At the end of World War I, a proposal was made for such an auditorium dedicated to the men of Greenville and Hunt County who had served in the US Army. This plan never materialized and it was not until the late 1930’s that the dream finally became a reality.
The Municipal Building was built in 1939 as a public works project of the Roosevelt administration. The Auditorium has 1,734 theatre-style seats and has hosted a wide variety of artists over the years from Elvis Presley to Duke Ellington.
Today the Auditorium hosts a multitude of events ranging from symphony concerts to country shows. Several different volunteer groups put on series each year. The Greenville Entertainment Series brings in a host of artists including classical, country, big band and many other types of performances. The Auditorium also has the pleasure to welcome the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for three performances each year as well. This is a unique opportunity as Greenville is the only city around to have this exclusive deal with the DSO. Lastly there is the Kenneth Threadgill Series that continues to bring acts in the genres of country, Americana, bluegrass and folk music. These three series bring a unique set of performances that the city of Greenville are blessed to have.