Cleveland’s I-X Center Unveils Large-scale Performance Space

October 1, 2015

Cleveland’s I-X Center has added a unique component to its venue - a state-of-the art live performance space, where acoustically treated sound walls, elevated telescopic seating and custom staging all scales to various flexible configurations.

“Previously, our barriers attracting major concert promoters and national touring acts, included a lack of elevated seating and the sound quality in this industrial complex,” said Jeremy Levine, I-X Center vice president of Business Development.

He added, “We now offer a state-of the art performance space with remarkable flexibility and world class sound. The acoustical environment has already blown away expectations and will only get better as we tweak the room.”

The new space will have a 3,500-capacity theater or a 7,000-capacity arena.

Within the 2.2 million square foot convention center complex, this new performance space is a 300’ x 400’ enclosed area, defined by floor-to-ceiling acoustic drapery and mass loaded sound panels, that can be installed and dismantled with relative ease via truss and motors.

A vertical drape ‘canopy’ is flown from the ceiling at various heights over audience footprint, to absorb and deflect sound.

Custom portable telescopic units, featuring comfortable black naugahyde seats and cup holders, can move around to provide 2,592 elevated seats in various layouts. Combined with flat floor seating and/or standing room, audience capacities significantly increase.

What it all means is even if a trade show is staged on the floor in full swing, a large keynote session or any other performance can take place at the same time.

“I-X Center’s new transitional Arena/Theater is a wonderful addition to the facility that already hosts large trade and consumer shows, as well as, our growing portfolio of self-produced events,” Levine said.

He added, “We’re extremely excited with the capability to add live concerts, family shows, theatrical productions and corporate events to our calendar, while I-X Center continues to serve as an economic and entertainment engine for Northeast Ohio.”

I-X Center has engaged the services of VC Strategic Partners, a division of Venue Coalition, to develop content and introduce this new venue to the live performance industry.

Venue Coalition works with a group of leading venues throughout North America and acts as a booking advocate for these venues by reaching out to key decision makers including agents, promoters and producers in the live events industry.

The public will have a ‘sneak peek’ of the new space Oct. 22 for "Cleveland's Biggest Costume Party” at which bands will perform.

The venue officially will be available beginning spring of 2016 for graduations, corporate functions and ancillary events during the Republican National Convention, in addition to live concerts and touring productions.

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