by John Egan
Houston boasts a bounty of traditional meeting spaces at places like the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Hilton Americas-Houston and NRG Park.
But what if you want to hold a meeting in a smaller, more intimate setting? Try raising the curtain on one of Houston's applause-worthy venues. Here are five theatrical locations that can easily elicit a standing ovation from guests.
In addition to two stages, the theater offers terraces with views of downtown Houston, lobby spaces and function rooms. The Alley Theatre hosts an array of events, from sit-down dinners to company meetings to holiday parties.
Jones Hall, which opened in 1966, features a curving travertine marble façade, an exterior rectangle of eight-story columns and a brilliantly lit grand entrance.
But don't let Jones Hall's pretty face fool you. A lobby with 66-foot ceilings, scarlet carpet and teakwood greets visitors.
Aside from being a stunning venue for performances, Jones Hall provides space for corporate meetings, galas and other events. The venue seats more than 2,000 guests.
The Majestic Metro
It's not an active theater now, but in its heyday, this venue - then known as the Ritz Theatre - screened Hollywood's screen gems. Of all of Houston's theaters built before 1930, The Majestic Metro is the only one still standing.
Beyond weddings, The Majestic Metro hosts company parties, award ceremonies, training seminars, holiday parties and corporate dinners.
Miller Outdoor Theatre
One of Houston's most beloved cultural treasures, Miller Outdoor Theatre has been a favorite performance venue since 1923. It's also a marvelous venue for an array of business gatherings. The theater seats more than 1,700 people, and the lawn accommodates about 4,500 more.
The theater sits on about 7.5 acres at Hermann Park, which also is home to the Houston Zoo, the McGovern Centennial Gardens and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Wortham Theater Center
At Wortham Theater Center, dancers from the Houston Ballet and singers from the Houston Grand Opera entertain thousands of arts patrons every year. Wortham Theater Center also entertains thousands of guests at galas, meetings and other business events. Wortham's Brown Theater seats more than 2,400 people and its Cullen Theater seats 1,100.
Learn more about planning your next meeting or event in Houston at www.visithoustontexas.com/meetings.