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.
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.