Opened in Bend, Oregon, in 1940, the historic Tower Theatre has a unique connection to Paramount Pictures: Its first manager, Ken Hodkinson, was the son ofParamount’s founder W.W. Hodkinson.

Following the introduction of multiscreen movie theaters, Tower Theatre closed in 1994 and was sold to a group of owners interested in redeveloping the building as retail and office space. In 1997, a group of preservation-minded Bend residents founded the Tower Theatre Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the building. Under the campaign “Encore! The Return of Tower Theatre,” the group raised the capital for renovations, which began in 1999 and included expanding the interior space from 10,432 square feet to 13,630 square feet, installing new box seats, expanding the lobby, and adding high-quality sound, lighting and video projection systems.

Reopening in 2004, the 460-seat Tower Theatre is enjoying its second act as a host venue for film festivals, ballets, concerts, plays and stand-up comedy, as well as fundraisers, weddings and business conferences.

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!


The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.


Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.