Since its opening in 1929, The Civic has been Akron’s “Jewel on Main Street.” Conceived by entertainment mogul Marcus Loew and lavishly designed by acclaimed theater architect John Eberson, the opulent atmospheric theater was built to accommodate the entertainment needs of Akron’s growing population. In 2001, the theater underwent a $22.5 million renovation/expansion and re-opened to universally positive reviews. In 2010-2011, The Civic was host to 120 public events drawing 107,412 people to the heart of downtown Akron.
Significant Milestones and Achievements:
The Akron Civic Theatre is home to Ballet Theatre of Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, Children’s Concert Society and host to performances by the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
In keeping with the Board of Trustees’ strategic focus, SMG has worked to program a mix of local and regional attractions while more than doubling the number of national shows presented in a competitive market that includes another significant performing arts venue in Akron and multiple major venues in Cleveland.
National events recently presented at The Civic include Bill Cosby, Gabriel Iglesias, Buddy Valastro, Celtic Woman, Alice Cooper, Earth Wind and Fire, David Gray, Todd Rundgren, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Temptations and The Four Tops, Ledisi, The Imagination Movers, Yo Gabba Gabba, Rob Zombie and Widespread Panic, among others.
Tickets are made available for many of the theater’s in-house events through its highly successful All Access program, through which tickets are distributed to clients of Akron Child Guidance, Urban Ounce of Prevention, Girl Scouts of NE Ohio, Big Brothers & Sisters, West Headstart, Summit County Children’s Services, Community Drug Board/Kid Space, Community Health Center, Battered Women’s Shelter, Better Connection Life Center, Life Skills Center of Akron, ACCESS, Inc., Child Guidance & Family Solutions and United Disability Services, and other social service agencies.
Operating as Akron’s community-focused performing arts venue, SMG works extensively with local non-profit arts and non-arts organizations to make it possible for them to produce events at the theater. These partnerships increase engagement and help make the case for broad based community support for the theater and the participating organizations. Active and ongoing partnerships include:
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
Akron General Hospital Foundation
Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts
Firestone High School
Cleveland International Film Festival
Council of Summit County Italian American Societies
Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop
Landmark Theater and Richmond CenterStage
Located across from historic Monroe Park and nestled in the midst of the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, the lavish Landmark Theater originally opened its doors as a Mosque in October 1927.
Designed in Moorish Revival style by Marcellus Wright Sr., Charles M. Robinson and Charles Custer Robinson, exotic features include: over 100,000 square feet of gold and aluminum leaf in the Theater’s dome; Arabian paintings which border the proscenium arch of the stage and ornamental tile, lush carpets and silken curtains imported from Spain, Italy and Tunis.
One of the best known and most striking buildings in Richmond, the Landmark is also the largest theater between New York City and Atlanta.
Known for its excellent acoustics, the Landmark has seating for 3,565. The Landmark’s ballroom is also host of numerous gala affairs and the ballroom has a capacity of 1,100 and a seated capacity of 800.
Richmond CenterStage is the region’s new performing arts complex right in the heart of downtown Richmond. This 179,000-square foot facility includes three performance venues: the historic Carpenter Theatre, Rhythm Hall and Gottwald Theater; a visual arts gallery and an interactive education facility.
The cornerstone of this downtown Richmond performing arts complex is the fully renovated, historic Carpenter Theatre. This grand Theater has nearly 1,800 comfortable, spacious seats, state-of-the-art acoustics and brilliant lighting, including new fiber optics that enhance the ceiling’s sparkling stars.
3,565 – Capacity for Landmark Theater
1800 – Capacity for Carpenter Theatre
200 – Capacity for Rhythm Hall
175 – Capacity for Gottwald Playhouse
Significant Milestones and Achievements:
The Landmark Theater is known by local citizens as the “people’s venue”, because of it wide demographic base and the number of communities that it serves. Neil Young, Anita Baker, James Taylor, Prince, Paul Simon, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Beverly Sills, Leontyne Price, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, James Brown and Rod Stewart have all graced the Landmark’s stage.
CenterStage Foundation, and resident companies including Richmond Symphony, Virginia Opera, Richmond Ballet, Richmond Shakespeare all call Richmond CenterStage their home.
Both the Landmark and Carpenter Theatre are home of the wildly successful Broadway in Richmond series which has presented two runs of Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles South Pacific, Mannheim Steamroller, Straight No Chaser, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Blue Man Group and 32 performances of Disney’s The Lion King.
Community partnerships are key for SMG and we are proud to partner with such organizations as the City of Richmond ENRichmond, City of Richmond Police Ambassadors Program, City of Richmond Cultural Affairs and Parks and Recreation Department, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond CenterStage Foundation Education Department, Resident Company Association members including Richmond Symphony, Virginia Opera and Virginia Ballet, Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Leadership Council and Student Veterans Association, Toys for Tots and SPCA.
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Opened in November 2011, the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is a spectacular new $81 million venue. Owned by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB), the Main Theater opened with a sold-out gala performance by Rod Stewart. The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is fast becoming the premier facility for the arts in West Texas and is scheduled to host more than 150 events each year. Events include concerts, Broadway shows, Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale performances, Midland Festival Ballet performances and UTPB Music Department concerts.
1,824 Capacity for Main Hall
200 Capacity for REA-Greathouse Recital Hall
200 Capacity for Mason Rehearsal Hall
Significant Milestones and Achievements:
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is home to the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.
SMG took over management of the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in October 2011. In that short time frame, the event schedule booked by SMG has tripled the number of bookings for the venue. The versatility of the venues will allow such programming as Dinner & a Show, which will highlight local musicians in the Midland and Odessa communities.
This facility is home to the only Broadway Series in West Texas and is scheduled to host major Broadway touring shows including Stomp, Lord of the Dance, Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain and The Rat Pack is Back.
SMG, along with our event partners, will successfully provide exceptional programming for children. From a free performance of Miracle on 34th Street to Sesame Street Live and other family programming, SMG has made events for children a priority.
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is home to the only purpose-built Symphony concert hall in West Texas. Additionally, REA-Greathouse Hall offers impeccable natural acoustics in an intimate setting.
Community Outreach is key for SMG and in conjunction with the UTPB; a reduced rental program was established to assist non-profit organizations with the costs associated with hosting events at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. The SMG staff will be participating in many local charitable and community organizations including:
International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM)
IAAM’s Public Assembly Facility Managers School
Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Odessa Chamber of Commerce
SMG is located in suburban Philadelphia at: 300 Conshohocken State Rd. Suite 450, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 • (610) 729-7900