January 01, 2000
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D.C.'s Warner Theatre
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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