Venue Report


Movie Theaters set the stage for Oscar-worthy events

Looking for a two-thumbs-up for your next meeting or event? You might want to consider a movie theater as your venue. The large screen and comfy seats provide a unique setting suited to professional and celebratory gatherings. Here are a few movie theater venue options from around the Northwest.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
CAPACITY: 14 auditoriums with 65 to 300 seats each; 1,855 seats total

Gallery One's Space Provides the Perfect Frame for a Memorable Occasion

Gallery One Visual Art Center opened in Ellensburg, Washington, on Aug. 29, 1968, as the Ellensburg Community Art Gallery. For the next 30 years, Eveleth Green served as the gallery director, and in 1994 the name was changed to Gallery One Visual Art Center. In April 1972, the gallery relocated to the second floor of the Stewart Building.

Washington State Convention Center Announces Plans for Additional Facility

The Washington State Convention (WSCC) has announced a deal with King County Metro to buy four acres in downtown Seattle for construction of an additional convention facility one block north of the existing convention center.

This site, augmented by adjacent properties, could yield a facility large enough to attract major national conventions and help the city better compete with Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Vancouver, B.C., all of which currently have larger convention centers.

Flashback: Mark Spencer Hotel

The Mark Spencer Hotel has been immersed in art since it first opened its doors as the Nortonia Hotel in 1907. Located in the middle of Portland, Oregon’s West End district, it has welcomed artists such as Louis Armstrong, Spike Jones, Billy Barty and Sammy Davis Jr. In 1966, the Nortonia was remodeled and renamed The Mark Spencer Hotel. The oldest operating hotel in Portland’s metro area, it continues to showcase creativity. “Each floor is a nod to a different art form,” says Cydelle Higa-Johnston, director of sales.


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