Finn Hudson Auditorium (formerly known as The McKinley High School Auditorium and also The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion) is a location at William McKinley High School where the New Directions used to practice their musical numbers and was also used for Glee Club auditions. The auditorium was named after April Rhodes. April was the mistress of Buddy Leibowitz, who died, and his wife gave April two million dollars not to leak the affair to the press. With her "hush money" she bought the auditorium for the Glee Club. Then in Dreams Come True, Sue named the Auditorium after the late Finn Hudson.

New Directions' rivals (such as Jane Addams AcademyThe TroubletonesVocal Adrenaline and The Warblers) are sometimes invited here, either to perform or to watch the New Directions sing. 

It was the host venue of the 2011 Western Ohio Sectional Championship between the New Directions, The Troubletones and The Unitards, the 2012 Midwest Regional Championship between The Golden Goblets, the New Directions and The Warblers, the 2012 Western Ohio Sectional Championship between The Rosedale Mennonites, the New Directions and the Warblers, the 2013 Midwest Regional Championship between The Hoosierdaddies, the New Directions and The Waffletoots, the 2014 Western Ohio Sectional Championship between The Falconers, New Directions and Vocal Adrenaline 

The school musicals of Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Picture Show would have taken place here, had they both not been cancelled. In Season Three, the school musical of West Side Story took place here, with Rachel as Maria, Blaine as Tony, and other New Directions members cast as characters/minor characters. Later on in Season Four, the school musical of Grease took place here, with Marley as Sandy and Ryder as Danny. The rest of the New Directions and former member Santana, were cast as the other characters from Grease.


In the Season One episode Home, Sue claims the auditorium, giving Glee Club no place to practice. Will starts looking for a new place and comes to Rinky Dinks where he meets April Rhodes again. They were acquaintances in high school and reconnecting earlier in Season One (The Rhodes Not Taken).

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April has become a wealthy old man's mistress, but he dies of a stroke and April is given two million dollars by the man's wife to keep quiet about the affair. April pays a little of it to Principal Figgins in order to permanently claim the auditorium for the Glee Club. The auditorium is renamed The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion, dedicated to April for her generosity. Since then, Sue has not once interfered with the New Directions' auditorium time. In Dreams Come True, Sue re-dedicates the auditorium to Finn Hudson, naming it the Finn Hudson Auditorium.

In the Seasons, various songs are performed, whether that be by New Directions, New Directions members performing by themselves or with someone else, auditions or competitions. Sometimes, scenes take place in the auditorium rather than just performances.

List of Songs performed in the Finn Hudson Auditorium

Song Episode Sung by
Respect Pilot Mercedes
Mr. Cellophane Kurt
I Kissed a Girl Tina
On My Own Rachel
You're the One That I Want Finn and Rachel with New Directions
Leaving on a Jet Plane Will
Don't Stop Believin' Finn and Rachel with New Directions
Take a Bow Showmance Rachel with Mercedes and Tina
Taking Chances Preggers Rachel
Tonight Tina
Last Name The Rhodes Not Taken April with New Directions
Somebody to Love New Directions
No Air Throwdown Will's Group
You Keep Me Hangin' On Quinn
Keep Holding On New Directions
Proud Mary Wheels
I'll Stand by You Ballad Finn
Bootylicious Hairography Jane Addams Academy
True Colors Tina with New Directions
Express Yourself The Power of Madonna New Directions Girls
Like a Prayer New Directions with Church Choir
Home Home April with New Directions
One Laryngitis New Directions
Bad Romance Theatricality Kurt and New Directions Girls
Shout It Out Loud New Directions Boys
Poker Face Rachel and Shelby
Another One Bites the Dust Funk Jesse with Vocal Adrenaline
Give up the Funk New Directions
To Sir, With Love Journey

Song Episode Sung by
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead The Purple Piano Project Kurt and Rachel
You Can't Stop the Beat New Directions
Somewhere I Am Unicorn Rachel and Shelby
I'm The Greatest Star Kurt
Something's Coming Blaine
Spotlight Asian F Mercedes with Brittany and Tina
Cool Mike
It's All Over Booty Camp
Out Here On My Own Mercedes and Rachel
Fix You Will with New Directions
Candyman Pot o' Gold The Troubletones
Tonight The First Time Blaine and Rachel
A Boy Like That/I Have A Love Rachel and Santana
America Mike, Puck, Rory, Santana and Tina
One Hand, One Heart Blaine and Rachel
You and I/You and I Mash Off Shelby and Will
I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams New Directions
Rumour Has It/Someone Like You Troubletones
Buenos Aires Hold on to Sixteen Harmony with The Unitards
Survivor/I Will Survive Troubletones
ABC New Directions
Man in the Mirror
We Are Young
River Extraordinary Merry Christmas Rachel
Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin' Jack Flash Yes/No Artie with New Directions Boys and Will
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Tina
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Blaine with New Directions
Never Can Say Goodbye Quinn
Human Nature Mercedes and Sam
Black or White New Directions
La Isla Bonita The Spanish Teacher David and Santana
A Little Less Conversation Will
Chapel of Love Heart Hiram and LeRoy
I Will Always Love You Mercedes
Cough Syrup On My Way Blaine
Stand Dalton Academy Warblers
Glad You Came
She Walks In Beauty The Golden Goblets
Fly/I Believe I Can Fly New Directions
What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) Troubletones
Here's to Us Rachel with New Directions
Fighter Big Brother Blaine
Somebody That I Used To Know Blaine and Cooper
You Should Be Dancing Saturday Night Glee-ver Blaine, Brittany and Mike
How Deep Is Your Love Rachel
Stayin' Alive New Directions with Sue and Will
How Will I Know Dance With Somebody Mercedes, Kurt, Rachel and Santana
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) Brittany and Santana
It's Not Right But It's Okay Blaine with New Directions
My Love Is Your Love New Directions
The Music of the Night Choke Kurt
Cell Block Tango Brittany, Mercedes, Santana, Sugar and Tina
Not the Boy Next Door Kurt with Brittany, Mercedes and Tina
Don't Rain on My Parade Rachel
Big Girls Don't Cry Prom-asaurus Blaine, Kurt and Rachel
I Won't Give Up Props Rachel
Because You Loved Me Tina
Mean Beiste and Puck
Flashdance... What A Feeling Rachel and Tina
We Are The Champions Nationals New Directions
Glory Days Goodbye Finn and Puck

Song Episode Sung by
Call Me Maybe The New Rachel Blaine, Brittany, Tina and Unique
Busters Get Popped Stoner Brett
Never Say Never Jake
New York State Of Mind Marley
Chasing Pavements Marley with New Directions
Everybody Wants to Rule the World Makeover Blaine
Celebrity Skin Brittany and Sam
Barely Breathing The Break-Up Blaine
The Scientist Blaine, Brittany, Emma, Finn, Kurt, Rachel, Santana and Will
Hopelessly Devoted To You The Role You Were Born to Play Blaine
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) Marley and Unique
Juke Box Hero Finn and Ryder
Everybody Talks Jake and Kitty
Born to Hand Jive New Directions, Mercedes and Mike
Beauty School Drop Out Glease Blaine
Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise) Marley
There Are Worse Things I Could Do Santana and Unique
You're the One That I Want New Directions and Alumni
Heroes Dynamic Duets Blaine and Sam
Some Nights New Directions
Homeward Bound/Home Thanksgiving Finn, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Quinn and Santana
Whistle Dalton Academy Warblers
Live While We're Young
Over the River and Through the Wood/She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain The Rosedale Mennonites
Gangnam Style Tina with New Directions
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Glee, Actually Finn and New Directions
A Thousand Years Naked Jake and Marley
This Is the New Year New Directions
Diva Diva Blaine, Brittany, Tina and Unique
Make No Mistake (She's Mine) Sam and Santana
Girl on Fire Santana
Anything Could Happen I Do New Directions
Footloose Girls (and Boys) on Film
Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way Feud Finn and Will with New Directions Boys
Closer New Directions
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Guilty Pleasures
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) Blaine
Mamma Mia New Directions
More Than Words Shooting Star
You Have More Friends Than You Know Sweet Dreams Blaine, Marley, Sam and Unique
Outcast New Directions
We Will Rock You Lights Out
Longest Time
Superstition Wonder-ful Kurt, Mercedes, Mike and New Directions
For Once in My Life Artie with New Directions
Rainbow Connection All or Nothing The Waffletoots
Clarity The Hoosierdaddies
Hall of Fame New Directions
I Love It
All or Nothing

Song Episode Sung by
I Saw Her Standing There Love Love Love New Directions Boys
Something Tina in the Sky with Diamonds Sam
Let It Be New Directions
Seasons of Love The Quarterback Alumni and New Directions
Fire and Rain Artie and Sam
Applause A Katy or A Gaga Artie, Blaine, Marley, Ryder and Sam
Wide Awake Jake, Kitty, Tina and Unique
Roar New Directions
Blurred Lines The End of Twerk Artie, Bree, Jake, and Will
Wrecking Ball Marley
On Our Way New Directions
Honesty Movin' Out Artie
You May Be Right New Directions and Will
The Fox Puppet Master New Directions
Mary's Little Boy Child Previously Unaired Christmas Marley, Tina and Unique
Whenever I Call You Friend Frenemies Artie and Tina
Breakaway Artie, Blaine and Tina
Hold On Trio Artie, Blaine, Sam and Tina
Toxic 100 Brittany, Quinn and Santana
Keep Holding On Puck with Alumni and New Directions
I Am Changing New Directions Kurt and Mercedes
Don't Stop Believin' Alumni, New Directions, and Will
Lovefool Opening Night Rachel with Santana and Tina
NYC Sue and Will

Song Episode Sung by
Let It Go Loser Like Me Rachel
Mustang Sally Homecoming Roderick with Brittany, Quinn and Santana
Home Madison and Mason
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow/Head Over Feet Jagged Little Tapestry Jane and Mason
You Learn/You've Got a Friend Alumni and New Directions
Bitch The Hurt Locker, Part One Sue
Rock Lobster Vocal Adrenaline
Whip It
My Sharona The Hurt Locker, Part Two The Warblers
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
It Must Have Been Love New Directions
Father Figure
All Out of Love
Baby It's You What the World Needs Now Mercedes with Brittany, Rachel and Santana
Arthur's Theme Alumni Men and New Directions Boys
They Long to Be Close to You Sam
Alfie Santana with Alumni and New Directions
What the World Needs Now Alumni and New Directions
I Know Where I've Been Transitioning Unique with the Transpersons Choir
Lose My Breath Child Star Myron
I Want to Break Free Mason
Uptown Funk Jane, Roderick and Spencer
Break Free Myron, Rachel, Sam, Sheldon, Sue and Will
Cool Kids New Directions
Rather Be The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester
The Trolley Song Sue and Doris
The Final Countdown Sue and Will
Rise New Directions
Listen to Your Heart We Built This Glee Club Jesse and Rachel
We Built This City Vocal Adrenaline
Take Me to Church New Directions
Come Sail Away
Popular 2009 Kurt and Rachel
I Kissed A Girl Tina
Pony Artie
Don't Stop Believin' New Directions
Mr. Cellophane Kurt
Someday We'll Be Together Dreams Come True Mercedes with Church Choir
The Winner Takes It All Sue and Will
This Time Rachel
I Lived Cast of Glee


  • For Season One, they used a real auditorium, but to save time from rushing from place to place, they rebuilt the entire auditorium on the Paramount lot for the purpose of Season Two onwards. It is exactly the same with the exception of two rows of seats removed for the crane.
  • Le Jazz Hot, by Kurt was the first performance to be filmed in the new auditorium.

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  • Rachel performed the first and last songs in the Auditorium in Season 2.
  • The number of songs performed here have gone up every season.
  • McKinley's auditorium had not hosted a show choir competition until the 2011 Sectionals championship, the last time was 48 years prior back in 1963 as quoted by Finn in Hold on to Sixteen. It was used then in Hold on to Sixteen for Sectionals and then in On My Way for Regionals. It was used for 2012 Sectionals in Thanksgiving, and for 2013 Regionals in All or Nothing. It was used for 2014 Sectionals in We Built This Glee Club.
  • Excluding I Kissed a Girl, someone from New Directions has performed a song in every episode of Season Three in the Auditorium.
  • There were more songs sung here in the third season then there were in first two season combined. (S1: 21, S2:30, S3: 59)
    • Season Three had more songs in its first 12 episodes than Season 1 and 2 had in their entire seasons (each, not combined).
  • We Are Young uses the same background as Dog Days Are Over, both being group numbers of winning the Sectionals performance.
  • A Wedding is the only episode from Season Six where not one song is performed at the Auditorium.
  • Despite being purchased by April Rhodes specifically for usage by the New Directions, Finn was told in Swan Song that he could only book the Auditorium for about 5 minutes after New Directions lost Sectionals. It is unknown if April was informed of the loss.



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