The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
With this deal, movie buffs can scarf down popcorn while watching action-packed celluloid at one of seven different locales, including Cleveland Heights' Cedar Lee Theatre, which won a Scene magazine readers' poll for Best Movie Theater. Arty cinephiles can catch an independent or foreign film at this theatre, where the concession stand slings out tasty baked goods, sandwiches, specialty coffees, and more. Catch a flick at the historic Capitol Theatre, nestled in the Gordon Square Arts District, a renovated three-screen spot featuring Hollywood, specialty, and 3D films. Many of Cleveland Cinemas' other theaters boast multiple screens, digital sound, a Groucho Marx robot that quips one-liners from the balcony, and stadium seating for ideal movie gawking.
The City of Mentor fills three aquatic basins to cool off revelers' sun-soaked skin and float fun-seeking families. Visitors can enter any of the heated pools via diving platforms, drop water slides, or VIP access when accompanied by a performing dolphin. Baby pools present a pond that's more manageable for little ones, and stomachs waiting 45 minutes to swim after visiting the on-site snack bar can amuse themselves by watching bouts of tetherball, water basketball, and sonar-equipped Marco Polo. Further amenities include showers, lockers, changing rooms, and restrooms, so guests can easily change into business swimsuits before attending water-based company meetings.
Extreme Laser Tag sets the stage for space-age combat with its labyrinth of smoky corridors, ramps, and neon-lit walls. Equipped with Nexus Generation laser-tag technology, the arena can host up to 60 vested combatants as they split into teams and vie for points by scoring chest shots on their opponents.
Large plasma monitors outside the arena display the hectic battles in real time, with beam-by-beam battle stats showing who is the scoring leader and who has been melted into plasmic goo. The facility frequently accommodates birthday parties, large corporate gatherings, and fundraiser groups; everyday customers and private partiers often join in battlefield alliances, exacting laser-powered revenge on bosses and double-crossing imaginary friends.
Washington Golf Learning Center welcomes fore-shouters for a full tour of the Washington Golf Course, an aim-challenging nine-hole, par 29 golf course, designed by Brit Stenson of IMG. Rediscover your swing by driving three buckets of planetoids at the 30-station driving range before heading out onto the course. Plaid-hatted pros will relish challenging sand traps and water hazards, and newcomers will still enjoy a pleasurable play-through and an afternoon away from an overly clingy vice president. Washington Golf Course was designated as an Audubon International Certified Gold Signature Sanctuary for its high environmental standards in course design and maintenance.