We had our #LVPBeyond conference last month, and November is prime conference booking season. We wanted to talk about the auditorium and tiered sitting venues and whether they are suitable for this event.

Auditoriums were designed to offer the best acoustics possible for the audience. Origin: “early 17 thcentury” (originally in a general sense of ‘a place to hear’: From Latin, neuter auditorius relating to hearing’). They are similar to old theaters, which were designed to allow everyone to see the stage. This should not be a problem when it comes to making sure all guests have a clear view.

Auditoriums may have limited capacities because of the planned seating arrangements. However, there are some spaces like Twickenham Stadium or ExCeL that can offer retractable auditorium space. This allows event planners to customize the room to meet their needs. This is also true for the Queen Elizabeth II Centre. It has a bright, airy auditorium where you can choose the number of seats installed for your event.

Many of us associate auditoriums with exciting memories of the theatre. These rooms have a grandioso feel that helps to create a special atmosphere. They are not limited to conferences. They can be used for product launches, award ceremonies, larger training days, AGMs, and seminars. Large-scale visuals can be projected onto the stage.

Lime Venue Portfolio has many venues that can be used for your next event. Kettering Conference and Leisure Village are well-equipped with the Lighthouse Theatre. It offers 560 tiered seats, high-spec lighting, and sound equipment. This makes it a great venue for large-scale celebrations and award ceremonies.

The Wellcome Collection is conveniently located in Central London, just a short stroll from Euston station. It boasts the Henry Wellcome auditorium. This auditorium spans two floors and provides tiered seating for 154 persons. Beaulieu in Hampshire has a purpose-built lecture theatre, which can hold up to 220 people, while Bristol Zoo Gardens seats up to 119 people in tiered seating.

Most auditoriums and theatre-style rooms offer a reception or breakout space that allows for networking before the event starts, refreshments throughout the day, or post-event winddowns. These areas can create the perfect atmosphere for any event: a learning environment, an awards ceremony, or even a product launch. If you haven’t yet considered an auditorium venue for your event, you should. We’re not saying that auditoriums can only be used for conferences. The events industry is innovative. Many people within it are changing the way they approach events.

The West End is a shining example of how we can change the way that we view events. You’ve probably seen The Lion King in theatres. You should be able to recall the cast moving through the aisles, large giraffes, and dancing antelope as they made their way up the stage through the crowd. We #eventprofs should consider this element of surprise and immersion in the show. Imagine your guest speakers being immersed in the audience and interacting with the delegates, asking them questions on the aisles. You’ll need to plan logistics, but we only ask that you consider the expectations of your audience as well as the space for the event and then experiment.

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