Host a Business Launch at Meydenbauer Center

Business Launch

Planning a launch party can be a stressful event- there are so many details to consider. Tons of sites offer helpful hints, tips, and even spreadsheets on how to throw the best launch party, but what good is the planning without the perfect venue?

Meydenbauer Center has hosted thousands of events over the years, so why is it such a preferred spot and why should you throw your Business Launch party here? At Meydenbauer, we’ve got your bases covered. Many of the sites out there talk about the importance of finding the right space for your launch and we know that finding the perfect venue for a business launch allows everything else to fall into place.

Spaces Tailored to Your Needs

 Convention Center

With multiple floor plans available, Meydenbauer can be used for varying types of launches. Whether you’re looking for a space to dance the night away or a more educational setting, we can accommodate you. Our floorplans offer a variety of layouts that can be changed based on the event.

Our Center Hall Ballroom offers 36,000 square feet of column-free space that allows for ample creativity in designing your event’s space, or our meeting rooms allow for a more intimate gathering for groups ranging from 30-600 people. If you want to really put on a show our 410-seat theatre might be just the place. If you aren’t sure what space will best meet your needs, then feel free to ask us. We’ll be happy to give you ideas for layouts or show you examples of how the space has been used before.

One Stop Shopping

 Meydenbauer Business

 One of the best parts of planning a business launch with Meydenbauer is that you are assigned a Guest Services Manager who is there to help make things easier. Your Guest Services Manager is your point of contact for anything and everything. Have questions about audiovisual aspects? Looking for help with catering? Need Wi-Fi? Not sure about where to have trucks park for load-in? All these questions and more can be handled by your Guest Services Manager and with the help of our handy meeting planning resources. Our Guest Services Team knows exactly how hard it is to nail down to every last detail and they are happy to help.

Besides the Guest Services Team, we also have a number of services available to help simplify your planning. If your launch needs a great meal to accompany it, then our catering services are here to provide you with memorable menus to help make the launch pop. If you want to spice things up with a great audiovisual presentation, then we can help. We partner with AV Factory to help bring that extra pizazz to your launch. Our facilities offer great parking, wi-fi capabilities, great location and more!

If you’re planning that great business launch, then give us a call to discuss how we can help the party go off without a hitch. Our team is available to answer questions by phone (425) 450-3723 or e-mail,

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Event Planning: Using Theatre Space

View from stage of Theatre at Meydenbauer, Bellevue, WA

Performances of the arts, industry seminars, and academic presentations are a great match for theatre space. Learn more about theatre event planning in a venue like Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer Center and how to take your event out of the standard meeting room or banquet hall and bring it to the stage.

Event Planning with Theatre Features

Put the spotlight on a keynote speaker, set the scene for a casual panel discussion, or host a pre-performance reception on the stage. Unlike an open event hall, sloped theatre seating allows every ticketholder to receive the same experience.

The Theatre at Meydenbauer has 410 seats and spans over three thousand square feet for a size that offers both closeness and a high-quality sensory experience from every angle.  From community theatre events to corporate affairs, many different groups enjoy the intimate and flexible environment.

Catering and Concessions

Take advantage of a private area devoted to your event. The theatre and lobby are the only spaces located on the second floor of Meydenbauer Center, giving special events exclusive access to both. Host a pre-event cocktail reception or a special VIP dinner on the stage.  Meydenbauer Center offers full-service catering and reception packages or simple concessions for a quick snack option. Click here for  catering menus.


Dressing rooms can be used for more than a quick costume change—they’re perfect as staff break rooms or presenter-ready areas and can accommodate up to 75 people. Prepare rooms in advance for presenters to access for quick breaks during seminars, and offer them to additional staff involved with event production.

The Theatre at Meydenbauer rental includes access to a green room and kitchenette too. Planning tip: Creating backstage areas for specific groups can help cut down on high traffic behind the scenes; post signs to let everyone know which space is theirs.

Pitch Perfect Sound
UW Foster School of Business Theatre at Meydenbauer Reception

Sound is paramount, and if your event calls for perfect pitch, theatres are capable of disseminating audio without losing a beat. Take advantage of professional in-house lighting and sound technicians who will help design and execute your program.

The necessity for superior sound is not limited to musical performances: a speaker’s impact can be greatly enhanced by clear sound quality as listeners catch every word. Similarly, effective lighting can help keep an audience’s focus onstage.

Professional lighting and audio technician services are included in The Theatre at Meydenbauer rental, with an acoustic shell and piano tuning as available add-ons.

Go on Tour

Before you choose to book a theatre space, view it in person. Sample the seating throughout the auditorium, walk the stage, and look at the lighting options. Also ask to see backstage to determine how it will accommodate any props or pieces your event will need.

Tour The Theatre at Meydenbauer by calling 425.450.3810 or email to set up an appointment. Find theatre event planning resources, including a seating chart, here.

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Top 5 Reasons for Hosting Your Next Event at Meydenbauer Center

Where will you hold your next big event in Washington? As you plan your upcoming conference, training, or benefit dinner, take a look at why Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Convention Center is an optimal choice. The biggest benefit of hosting at Meydenbauer Center is convenience. Think great location and great amenities all in one space.

Bellevue skyline

1. The perfect proximity

Enjoy the ease of being close to Seattle and in the heart of the Puget Sound Region.  Sea-Tac airport is only 17 miles away, so traveling professionals can quickly reach the event venue. Accommodations are a breeze to find, with 2,500 nearby hotel rooms in downtown Bellevue to choose from.

Meydenbauer Convention Center is located in the hub of downtown Bellevue. Event attendees will have access to The Bravern’s luxury shops and restaurants, Bellevue Square’s premier retailers, and an array of restaurants. In between presentations, attendees can unwind in downtown Bellevue’s 20-acre park with a peaceful waterfall.

2. In-house tech teams and one point of contact

You don’t want a detail to go unnoticed at your event. Meydenbauer’s power and internet team and audiovisual team are both in-house, so you have go-to resources that are efficient and responsive. Working with in-house teams means access to technical professionals who not only know their industries—but they’re well-versed in your venue. You can rely on them to not miss a beat of your production plans, from internet to overhead lighting. Your Guest Services Manager will function as your first point of contact, so you can spend less time tracking down solutions and more time watching your event come together.

Pan seared chicken, roasted fingerlings, brussels sprouts

3. Discounts that tie in food and room costs

Meydenbauer Center’s savings will help your event budget: 20% of the amount you spend on food and beverages will be subtracted from your room rental. And with a full menu by in-house catering that sources many items locally and features Washington and Oregon wines, you’ll be able to select just the right flavors for your event—while saving on convention center space rates.

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4. Versatile floor plans

Meydenbauer Convention Center has 54,000 square feet of event space to choose a floor plan from. We’ll help you analyze floor plans, seating and room layouts and recommend which space is the best fit for your event, whether it’s an annual kick-off meeting or a new training.  If you want to add an elegant touch, there’s also a 410-seat performance theatre. With the help of Meydenbauer’s technical teams, you can continue to customize your event space with visual elements like lighting.

5. Ample parking

You’ll likely need accessible areas for supply load-in, and you’ll definitely need parking for your event’s attendees.  Meydenbauer Center’s garage has 434 stalls, with six overflow lots in downtown Bellevue available if the convention center reaches capacity.

When is your next event? Take a moment let to our team know how they can help and what type of space you’re looking for. You may not have all the answers yet, but we’ll help you find them so your conference, trade show, training, or presentation fits your vision.

(Bellevue skyline photo by Marv Heston via Meydenbauer Center)

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