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45th Anniversary of The Phoenix Convention Center45th Anniversary of The Phoenix Convention CenterPCC-45th-Anniversary/pdf/PCC%2045th%20Anniversary.pdf<p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000"><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Forty-five years ago, </font></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000">Phoenicians went into the event business by opening the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Symphony Hall to host conventions, concerts and events.  On Sept. 28, 1972, the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Symphony Hall welcomed its first guests for grand opening celebrations and has served as Arizona’s premier gathering place for local and out-of-town group activities ever since.</font></span></p><p>In the early 1960's, local leaders envisioned a center for cultural and theatrical performances that would grow our convention and tourism business and be a driving force for downtown revitalization.  Due to the dedication of early thought leaders, the Phoenix Convention Center & Venues continues to thrive nearly five decades later.  Since opening in 1972, the center has expanded three times with the largest expansion project being completed in 2008.  The latest expansion nearly tripled the size of the venue, which allows Phoenix to attract more conventions with more delegates and host large/high-profile events that place the City and State in the international spotlight.   </p><p>When the Phoenix Civic Plaza opened, the average conventioneer was expected to stay in Phoenix for four days and spend approximately $50 per day for an average direct spending impact of $200 per convention visitor.  Today it is estimated that the average convention attendee will spend approximately $1,498 during their stay, which includes dining out, shopping, visits to local attractions and excursions to the Grand Canyon and other parts of the State.  </p>9/28/2017 3:23:05 PM2017-09-28T07:00:00Z
Father John MistyFather John MistyFather-John-Misty/pdf/Father%20John%20Mistry.pdf<p>​​<span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" id="ms-rterangepaste-start" aria-hidden="true"></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="color:#222222;font-size:9pt;">Father John Misty has scheduled 2017 international headlining tour dates this fall in support of </span><em class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span style="color:#222222;font-size:9pt;">Pure Comedy</span></em><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="color:#222222;font-size:9pt;">, out this Friday on Sub Pop and Bella Union.  The new round of dates includes a stop at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Early pre-sales for these new shows begin April 10th at 10am (local time), with tickets on sale to general public on Friday April 14th at 10am </span></p>4/10/2017 3:48:45 PM2017-04-10T07:00:00Z
In Memoriam of Gary Herberger, The Herberger Theater to 'Dim The Lights'In Memoriam of Gary Herberger, The Herberger Theater to 'Dim The Lights'In-Memoriam-of-Gary-Herberger-The-Herberger-Theater-to-Dim-The-Lights<p>​Phoenix, March 8, 2017 - In honor of architect, businessman and philanthropist Gary K. Herberger, who passed away on February 28 at the age of 79, the Herberger Theater Center will turn off the marquee lights outside its doors and sign on the fly towner for one minue before the Arizona Young Artists' Competition Finals on Saturday, March 11 at 6:50pm.</p><p>     The simultaneous dimming of marquee lights on Broadway in recognition of the passing of a noteworthy individual of the theater has become a long-standing tradition.  Since Gary's legacy reaches beyond the Herberger Theater Center, cultural institutions and theaters throughout the Valley have been invited to join in the silent remembrance.  Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Center for the Performing Arts plan to participate.  The City of Phoenix has indicated that  Symphony Hall and the Orpheum Theatre will also participate.</p><p>     "Throughout the design, construction and early years of the Herberger Theater, Gary was involved in many ways, including as a board member," said Mark Mettes, president and CEO of the Herberger Theater Center.  "I was fortunate to get to know him over the years.  It is with heavy hearts that the Herberger Theater family joins the Valley in remembering his innovation and creativity, passion for architecture and the arts, and commitment to community through generous philanthropy."</p><p>     Gary is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and brother, Judd.</p>3/10/2017 11:07:27 PM2017-03-10T07:00:00Z