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Best Way to Name (But Not Claim) a Theater Seat: Aronoff Center for the Arts

Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall

The Aronoff Center for the Arts celebrated its 25th anniversary this past year. And the Cincinnati Arts Association — the nonprofit that oversees the Aronoff, Music Hall and Weston Art Gallery — wanted to take the opportunity to thank those who have been supporting the center for a quarter-century with the Name-A-Seat drive. (Like most arts organizations, the CAA also had to cancel hundreds of events due to COVID-19, resulting in an unexpected economic hit, which the drive hopes to offset.) For a certain donation amount, patrons can purchase a brass plaque attached to the arm of a seat in Procter & Gamble Hall. You can name the seat after yourself, a loved one, a pet, a child, a business — basically anything with a name — for $1,000 for a front orchestra seat, $750 for a rear orchestra seat and $500 for a loge seat. But naming rights don’t come with claiming rights; just because your name is on a chair doesn’t mean it’s reserved for you. However, any time you purchase a ticket to a future Aronoff event, you can ask if your seat is open.