Today, we're talking about: The TimesCenter
Venue name: The TimesCenter
Location: 242 W. 41st St., New York, NY 10019
Venue Website: www.thetimescenter.com
Give us your best elevator pitch for the TimesCenter?
The TimesCenter’s modern, user-friendly spaces offer a dramatic and welcoming aesthetic. When you rent The TimesCenter for your event, you get a modern venue with unobstructed sight lines plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting and digital projection; wireless Internet throughout the space; a convenient midtown location; kitchen prep areas; a Green Room/dressing room/production office suite; coat-check room; large restrooms; wheelchair accessibility; street-level loading dock; and a professional production staff.
The TimesCenter is comprised of three separate spaces: TheStage, TheHall and TheGallery. These are available for rental either individually or in combination, making The TimesCenter an ideal venue for a wide variety of events. TheGallery is our light filled, inviting lobby space with an open, two-tiered design. TheHall is a versatile, 5,000-sqft banquet and trade show space. And TheStage is our striking, 378-seat theater with a stage measuring 65’x15’ that can be transformed into a digital screening room.
What would you say is the TimesCenter's most unique offering?
The most unique aspect of the venue is audience/attendee’s view while seated in TheStage - the back of the theater is a 30’ tall by 60’ wide, glass curtain wall which looks out onto The New York Times Building’s moss- and birch-filled atrium. This state-of-the-art, intimate and unforgettable space is perfect for a wide variety of events including conferences, galas, press events, screenings and performances.
What do you think would surprise most planners to know about your space?
The TimesCenter has complete, state of the art A/V in-house, all of which is included in the custom quotes we prepare for any rental of the venue. Also included in the cost of a rental are technical, front of house, security and custodial staff in the effort to provide our clients with a complete sense for the cost of producing their event here from their initial quote.
What is one thing you wish more event planners knew about your space?
That we are one of the most unique, flexible, turn-key and full-service venues in the city. To that end, our rates are highly competitive given the all-inclusive nature of our rentals.
What is the most memorable thing you've seen an event do with your space?
We have seen the entire venue turned into a Caribbean holiday; our ToyFair client transforms the entire space into a giant toy wonderland; and we’ve hosted Red Carpet Screenings for some of the most well-known personalities in the world. As we like to say, “Anything Can Happen At The TimesCenter!”
If you could throw one dream event, what would it be?
We love hosting a wide variety of clientele in the space, from high-tech conferences to Fortune 500 investor meetings and small arts organizations -- the dream is to make every event in our venue the best event that particular client has ever produced.
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