Thursday, May 17, 2012
AT&T Performing Arts Center will finally get its box office
With a coffee shop!
DOWNTOWN DALLAS Come May 2013, the Dallas Arts District will have its first true box office for patrons to buy tickets in-person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Since the center opened in October 2009, most patrons bought their tickets online or had to walk into the Winspear Opera House to purchase tickets.
The building is situated a few yards off Flora Street between the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear. For now, the space is fenced off while construction continues, but when finished, it'll be a glass cube with a glass roof -- in part because patrons at the Meyerson, Winspear, and on the balcony of the Wyly Theatre will look down on the building.
And no, the glass on the structure is not reflective. Seems the folks at the ATTPAC have been reading the news.
The box office will have free wi-fi and a coffee shop of a yet-unspecified brand. Because the two nearest Starbucks shops close at 4 p.m., spokesperson Chris Heinbaugh said he and many of his coworkers are stoked that they'll be able to get a cup of joe in the later afternoon hours at the new coffee shop. "We know it'll be a good brand," he said. "We're not going to do something cheap over there."
The building was designed by London firm Foster + Partners, which also designed the Winspear. The architect is Dallas company Good Fulton & Farrell. The building costs $3.9 million, paid for with private money.
The box office will also have a multimedia feature, seen the blue screens in the photo at the top. Not intended to be an advertisement, representatives at AT&T will design it, Heinbaugh said.
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