For Immediate Release

June 18, 2014

Contact:  Kathy Summerlin

    June 24, 2013

    850-462-1256 office

    850-207-7944 cell


Saenger Theatre Rececognized as the No. 1 Theatre in the State of Florida for the Year


PENSACOLA, Fla. – The SMG-Managed Saenger Theatre has ranked No. 1 for the year in the state of Florida by industry publication Venues Today.  The award encompasses the period of April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 based on gross box office sales for venues 2,000 seats and under.


“Our staff and volunteers at the Saenger Theatre are proud to serve such a great community and look forward to continue bringing quality entertainment to Pensacola,” said Doug Lee, General Manager of the Saenger Theatre.


Other facilities on the list are:  No. 2, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater; No. 3, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers; No. 4 Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale; and No. 5, The Plaza Live, Orlando.


The Saenger shined above other cities with more than double the gross box office sales ($2.5 million) of No. 2 runner up, Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL ($1.2 million).


“The Saenger Theatre is a great asset to the quality of life for the Pensacola community,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward.  He continued, “We are very proud of the professionalism of the SMG staff and their ability to continue to keep the City-owned Saenger as an economic development engine for the City of Pensacola.”


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The Saenger Theatre is managed by SMG through a management agreement with the City of Pensacola.  About SMG - Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide.  For more information visit


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