300seats brings culture and creativity to the Capitol City

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POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 12:41pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:51pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: 300seats is holding its second screening on Thursday, Aug. 18. Tonight’s event starts at 7:30 p.m. and is being held at City Club of Baton Rouge located at 355 North Blvd.

ORIGINAL STORY (posted on 06-10-11) A group of entrepreneurs are bringing something different to the capitol city. A new company will introduce creative culture from all over the world right here.

Right now, the 6,000 square foot room in the Kress building is empty, but next week, it will look and feel entirely different. "This is a very raw space," says 300seats founder Manuel Valencia. "We come in and we transform it for a night, or a weekend, or even a week, and give it life."

Saturday, June 11th, it will be a pop-up theater, showcasing two award-winning independent films fresh from famous festivals. Director Vinz Feller will show "Down this Road" for the first time in Baton Rouge. It was selected for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. "Gun Hill Road" will also make it's capitol city debut. It was directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green and was selected earlier this year for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

After that Saturday, the space could host a variety of different events. "The next thing we want to do after our film screenings is a pop-up restaurant."

300seats is a start-up company, the first of it's kind in Baton Rouge. The concept is to take an empty space and use it for a variety of different events.  300 seats could provide an evening of art art and performances or film and food.

The idea is to provide residents with a dose of art and culture that they wouldn't normally find here. "I think this is necessary for Baton Rouge," says SeNsE founder Sean Simone. "For people to just escape the LSU football games and the crawfish boils and the three things that we do in this city. There's a lot more going on in the world."

It's one way to breathe new life into the city. "It's going to allow people to be more creative, more social," says Simone. "Overall, it's going to be more energy for the city."

300seats hosts its first event Saturday June 11th at 7pm at the Kress Building (447 Third St) downtown. You can get tickets for the show at http://300seats.eventbrite.com

Also check out their website at www.300seats.com. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all their updates.
 

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