25 November 2011 by Web Bureau
The Grand Opera House Belfast is a well known theatre in Northern Ireland situated in Belfast city centre, but up until a few months ago, we only thought of the Grand Opera House as being a show venue. After a recent tour of the facilities, where we met some of its enthusiastic team members, we have a totally new perspective of the Grand Opera House Belfast!
The Web Bureau has been working with the Grand Opera House Belfast and its box office system partner for a number of months on the launch of its new and improved website so we thought it was time for our internet marketing team to get inside Belfast’s oldest theatre venue to find out a bit more about what The Grand Opera House Belfast has to offer the people of Belfast, Northern Ireland and our overseas visitors.
The Grand Opera House presents a wide variety of shows in many genres, including drama, comedy, musicals, family shows, opera and dance. At the minute, the upcoming highlight will be the extremely popular annual Christmas pantomime, which this year is Jack and The Beanstalk.
As a theatre venue, The Grand Opera House Belfast has a lot of history and character. Whilst standing in the empty auditorium, looking down from the corporate boxes or the upper circle, we got an insight into how your experience of watching a show can differ depending on where you are seated. Looking up, we also developed a new appreciation for the intricacy of the building’s design from its ornate roof to the elephant and Buddha characters which are contained within the design. There is much to see that is simply missed during the hustle and bustle of a show night, where the lighting is dimmed and your focus is on the stage rather than the surroundings. The Grand Opera House Belfast is certainly a unique venue and one that is well worth a tour.
If you are a regular show-goer, you may be familiar with the Hippodrome Restaurant at the Grand Opera House Belfast, which seats approximately 70 people and is available for pre-theatre dinner booking for ticket holders. This L shaped restaurant in Belfast city centre overlooks Great Victoria Street and internally, it is situated on a balcony overlooking the entrance to the Baby Grand and Lucianos Cafe Bar, a more recent and modern development to the Grand Opera House Belfast.
Many of us enjoy eating out in Belfast, especially during a shopping trip, work lunch or simple just to have a catch-up with friends. Lucianos Cafe Bar is definitely a lunch or afternoon tea venue in Belfast that should be added to your ‘favourite places to eat in Belfast’ list and we can highly recommend the cheese burger with salsa and fries!
The events, conferencing and meeting room facilities at the Grand Opera House Belfast are perhaps better known in Belfast’s business community. From the auditorium to the Baby Grand to the Shakespeare Rooms and Boardroom, the Grand Opera House caters customers who require for meeting rooms, conference venues, corporate hospitality and graduations and awards ceremonies in Belfast, to fashion shows, private parties, murder mystery nights, burlesque nights and is even a wedding venue and wedding reception venue!
If you are looking for an unusual wedding venue in Northern Ireland, somewhere that bit different from all the other wedding venues you have been to, the Grand Opera House Belfast is definitely one of the best wedding venues in Belfast for your wedding ceremony, wedding reception and wedding photos. The hospitality team also offer a range of catering packages to suit each customer’s preferences.
I hope this gives you a greater insight into what our local theatre in Belfast has to offer as it did for us!