Robins promises plenty of parking options
It’s the question Sunrise Entertainment President Ken Haidaris has heard the most since plans to renovate and reopen the Robins Theatre were announced nearly two year ago — “Where can we park?”
Saturday’s sneak peek event with Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute act First Show will be the first opportunity to put their efforts to the test.
In addition to on-street parking in downtown Warren and other surface lots, the theater and promoter Sunrise Entertainment have agreements with the city and county to use the parking lots at the Gibson Building, 258 E. Market St., and Trumbull County Veterans Services, 253 E. Market St.
“When you’re coming down Market Street, there will be flags flying that say ‘Robins parking’ there,” Haidaris said. “There also will be flags at the Atrium Building (103 W. Market St.) and the parking deck (142 Franklin St. SW).”
Vans will be available to shuttle concertgoers from the lots to the front door of the theater.
If shuttles seem unnecessary for parking lots that, in some cases, are less than a block away, Haidaris said, “We want to get off on the right foot. We want to make this a great customer experience from the first moment.”
The shuttles will be in use for the official opening night on Jan. 9, 2020, and will be used for future events depending upon the expected size and demographic of the crowd, the weather and other factors.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. While they initially planned to restrict photography at the sneak peek event, Haidaris said they changed their plans and photography will be allowed on Saturday.
Those attending the concert will see a theater that is about 95 percent complete with mostly cosmetic work still to be finished. The concession stand and bars will be open. Soft drinks and adult beverages will be available Saturday with limited food options (candy, maybe pizza), Haidaris said.