GESA POWERHOUSE THEATER
A 120-year-old building in the center of Walla Walla, Washington, the Gesa Power House Theatre, provides the location for a memorable seminar, conference, meeting or special event. Originally constructed to supply coal gas that was piped throughout the city to light the streets, businesses and homes, the venue has been converted into a renowned performing arts venue.
Recently, the interior of the building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art performance venue. The interior design was inspired by the world famous Blackfriars Theater in London, England, however the 19th-Century exposed brick walls harken to the building’s industrial beginnings. While the theater is renowned for performance art, it can also host meetings or events. Its central location provides easy access to all downtown Walla Walla’s dining and lodging.
With seating for 300, the main theater is the ideal setting for a seminar, training session or demonstration. The comfortable seating also makes it a good option for a conference. The upstairs Electric Lounge is a multi-level space that is ideal for receptions, meetings or sit-down dinners. For a unique experience, you can conduct a business meeting or formal dinner on the stage with the auditorium seating as a backdrop. In the first-floor lobby area, large doors make it easy for groups to enjoy the region’s mild climate with an indoor-outdoor event.
The Gesa Powerhouse Theatre is located only a few blocks from the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. Groups meeting at the Marcus Whitman, or one of the other hotels in downtown Walla Walla, will find the Theatre an attractive location for an offsite gathering. An evening reception or an afternoon meeting will add a special touch to any conference.
The venue’s event staff will help you find the right outside vendors, such as catering and entertainment, to make your event a success. WiFi is available throughout the building and parking is easy.
Even though it is a compact city, Walla Walla, provides plenty of options for group activities. Downtown Walla Walla has boutique and vintage shopping in a relaxed environment. A thriving arts and culture scene features art galleries, interesting museums, and year-round symphony and stage performances.
With a mild and dry climate, Walla Walla offers a variety of outdoor activities. Several highly-regarded golf courses challenge golfers of any level. Casual cyclers can meander through the bike paths and rural roads past wheat fields and vineyards. The nearby Blue Mountains have a more challenging cycling environment. During the winter, Walla Walla makes a great base camp for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter adventures.
Located in the heart of the Northwest, Walla Walla is easy to reach. Drive times on major highways are nearly equal from Seattle, Portland, and Boise. Alaska Airlines provides three direct flights a day to Walla Walla from Seattle. The Tri-Cities airport, about a 50-minute drive from Walla Walla, offers connections to a variety of major U.S. cities