Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Venue Showcase 28 An 1,800-pound Italian chandelier has hung in the Missouri Theater since its opening in 1928. Meeting at the Missouri Theatre is about more than just reserving a great space, and groups will have the chance to arrange exclusive backstage tours with a knowledge- able host before, during or after their events. The tour uncovers highlights like the artist's dressing rooms and gives details on little- known facts about the history of The Missouri Theatre is not only one of the most beautiful buildings in the state but also the hub of mid-Missouri's perform- ing arts. The theater has been called the cultural living room of Columbia, since it regularly draws visitors from at least a 50-mile radius to see names like Kristin Chenoweth, David Sedaris and Entertainment Ba stage the building, like how the central chandelier weighs 1,800 pounds and has more than 200 lightbulbs illuminating its sparkling crystal finish. After the tour, guests are ushered across the same wooden beams that have acted as the stage for many of the world's finest art- ists over the past decades. Kris Kristofferson light up the stage. There are events occurring at the theater year-round, and a schedule of upcoming events, concerts and more can be found at www.concertseries.org. For off- site entertainment, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau helps to arrange group activities, meals, entertainment and more.

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