Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts January 2000
Short Cuts:Preferred seating
Suite service: D.C.'s Warner Theatre
Peanuts, Cracker Jack...caviar? Corporate
season ticket holders have long monopolized the best seats at local
sports venues, and now many of them are taking their penchant for
skyboxes to the symphony.
Growing in popularity are suites and boxes with first-class
service at some of the nation’s most beautiful halls. For example,
the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., has 26 Grand Suites that
hold four each and feature seat-side wait service. “Tickets can be
delivered in advance with parking and beverage coupons,” says Vicky
Radke, the theater’s director of marketing. This way, corporate
sponsors not joining their guests can rest assured they will be
well cared for.
At the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, 24 boxes,
for six to 14 guests each, are connected to salons via private
hallways. They are elegantly appointed, and service is top-notch.
Each has a wet bar, TV and a refrigerator. Clients can fax food
orders in advance; smoked salmon, capers and cucumbers served with
crackers will run $26 for six people.
Among the other halls that feature exclusive boxes are the
Sanger Theatre in New Orleans; Kentucky’s Louisville Palace and the
Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.
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