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Houston Venues Light Up in Red in Support of Live Events Industry

Houston • Sept. 1, 2020


WHAT:                          On Tuesday, September 1, Houston is joining cities from coast to coast and turning

                                      its entertainment venues “red” in support of the live events industry.  The

                                      worldwide pandemic has had a devastating impact on the live events industry.

                                      As operator of the finest city-owned convention and entertainment venues,

                                      which includes Wortham Theater Center, Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing

                                      Arts, Miller Outdoor Theatre and the George R. Brown Convention Center,

                                      Houston First Corporation understands firsthand the plight of the estimated 12

                                      million people in the live events and entertainment industry who are currently

                                      unemployed because of COVID-19. The facilities managed by Houston First 

                                      house the city’s world-class Opera, Ballet and Symphony, which have all been

                                      hurt by the virus. 

                                      In support of the live events industry and to help raise awareness about the 

                                      #RedAlertRESTART campaign, Houston First will light up in red all of its

                                      venues, starting Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. until midnight.

                                      Organizer of the nationwide effort, #WeMakeEvents, is a national coalition of

                                      entertainment industry professionals calling on Congress to pass the               

                                      RESTART Act which would offer economic relief to those in the Live Events

                                      Industry, many who have not worked since venues were shuttered in March

                                      because of COVID-19.

VISUAL:                       Media and influencers are invited to get pictures of the various local venues lit up            

                                      in red and share with their audiences on social media, online, print or broadcast.

                                      The proscenium, stage house, and the hill at Miller Outdoor Theatre will all be

                                      washed in red and display a Red Alert logo. The front of Jones Hall and

                                      Wortham will be washed in red, and also display a Red Alert logo. The front and   

                                      back of the GRB Convention Center will be washed in red.    

WHEN:                         Tuesday, September 1, 2020

                                      9:00 p.m.    Midnight

WHERE:                      Houston First operated venues:

                                    Wortham Theater - 501 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

                                    Jones Hall for the Performing Arts - 615 Louisiana, Houston TX 77002

                                    Miller Outdoor Theatre - 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

                                    George R. Brown Convention Center - 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston,      

                                         TX 77010

                                    Partnership Tower -701 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010


About Houston First 

Houston First is the official destination management organization for the city of Houston. In addition,

Houston First owns the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, manages the George R. Brown Convention

Center along with 10 city-owned properties, and developed the Avenida Houston entertainment district.

For more information go to HoustonFirst.com and VisitHouston.com.