Comcast Business is connecting the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, which is planning a major expansion beginning in 2020 to add another 400-seat theatre-in-the-round, public restaurant and enhanced box office and concessions to meet the needs of a modern audience. Comcast Business is providing Ethernet Dedicated Internet, Business Internet and a private WiFi connection for employees and visiting designers.
"Technology is the backbone of every production, and by choosing Comcast Business, we're now in the position to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation," said Mark Sylvester, managing director of Walnut Street Theatre. "No matter where they are, our designers can now share large design files within seconds, and when in the rehearsal hall or theatre during technical rehearsals, we're able to provide fast, reliable WiFi to the entire stage crew."
Walnut Street Theatre is also working with Comcast Business during the expansion project to determine and provide additional business services needed to support the theatre's continued growth.
"Even today's oldest theatres have had to undergo digital transformations to align with the industry's emerging shift in technology," said Michael Louden, vice president of Business Services for Comcast's Freedom Region. "Our work with Walnut Street Theatre is a prime example of how our leading technology solutions can help transform operations behind the scenes for an enriched audience experience."
The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is America's oldest theatre. It is also the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania and a National Historic Landmark. With two stages, more than 15 shows a year, and more than 50,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut Street Theatre is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world. The Walnut Street Theatre also has the largest education program of any regional theatre in the United States.