Love the theater? Take your seat!

December 29, 2017 | UHCL Staff

Love the theater? Take your seat!

The Bayou Theater at University of Houston-Clear Lake has been a campus and community focal point for 40 years. But just as an actor needs to retouch his makeup before making his entrance, and a musician needs to tune his instrument before the show, the Bayou Theater is showing signs of needing to renovate and revitalize, so the show can keep going on.

“The theater’s audience area has remained almost unchanged over all these years and we’re beginning a transformation process,” said Bayou Theater Managing Director Alex Malone. “With the incredible expansion of our programming, and support of the arts in university leadership and in the community, now is the perfect time to revitalize and renovate the seats and entrance area to benefit all of the theater’s constituents and patrons, for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.”

Malone said that the seats and entrance to the theater need to be updated. “We need everyone’s help,” he said. “The ‘Take Your Seat’ campaign gives patrons and theater enthusiasts the chance to show their support for the performing arts at UH-Clear Lake by purchasing a seat.”

With the purchase of a seat, patrons may create a personalized inscription, which will be displayed on the arm of the seat for the life of the seat—perhaps another 40 years or even longer. “It’s a great way to honor a friend or loved one on a named seat in the Bayou Theater,” he said. “This is a great way to show your personal or businesses’ support of the arts in Clear Lake. Not only is it a personal declaration of support, but also a wonderful marketing opportunity for local businesses.”

    Annually, over 25,000 patrons come to the Bayou Theater. “Students, regional business leaders, regular patrons of the arts and first time attendees, families, couples, groups from down the road and around the country come through the Bayou Theater for our wonderful presentations, rentals, university orientation and community partnerships,” Malone said.  “This permanent marketing and naming opportunity will be seen for the life of the seats, for generations to come.”

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