When ‘Without A Cue’ made its move to the City of Brotherly Love last year, immersive mystery experiences were performed throughout the city, but without a central home. That is about to change.
It was recently announced that Keystone Development + Investment has signed a 3,346-square-foot, long-term lease with Without a Cue, to bring the tech-enabled dinner theater to Center City Philadelphia and The Curtis in Washington Square West.
In past performances in Philadelphia, the local production company utilized theatrical elements, technology, comedy, and hospitality for different murder mysteries, including ‘A Golden Girls Murder Mystery: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher’ which played at Craft Hall for a few weeks in March of this year. In the very beginning there were also historical walking tours that played regularly at night.
“We are on the move, pivoting the best we can, and my goal is to support dozens of actors and crew members as we get back to doing what we love the most. Philadelphia, thank you for being a friend. We are thrilled to expand and we can’t wait to meet everyone and get involved in the city’s theatre and entertainment community,” said Without a Cue Productions’ Founder and Executive Director Traci Connaughton in a statement at the time.
Now, that pivot has paid off.
To continue with their creative endeavors, the shows from Without A Cue will all have a home of their own. Expected to open to the public by November, Without a Cue will offer appetizers and branded spirits to seated guests at cocktail tables during shows with food and drink being made available. The company’s unique events are immersive and hilarious, from murder mystery dinner theaters to private parties.
“The Curtis offers Without a Cue rare accessibility with proximity to existing tourism and entertainment options, in an iconic public space with the flexibility to use a portion of the West Lobby for their guests before shows and during intermissions,” says Keystone’s Rich Gottlieb, President & COO in a statement. “Without a Cue brings something new to the building and neighborhood with the potential to be a draw for years to come.”
According to a release, Keystone purchased the 12-floor, 912,245-square-foot building that once housed Curtis Publishing in 2014. The firm revitalized the property with a ground-floor streetscape and building atrium, the conversion of existing office space to residential units, and the conversion of former printing press space to wet lab space for life sciences companies like BioLabs, Imvax, Vivodyne, and Aro Biotherapeutics.
Without a Cue’s new home will complement other neighborhood attractions, including P.J. Clarke’s, Independence Beer Garden and the soon to open Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums. An onsite parking garage with more than 300 valet spaces will also be in place.
Currently, the local entertainment company has mystery shows, Philadelphia walking tours and more throughout the area, leading all the way to the shore (in Atlantic City you can catch the ‘Golden Girls’ mystery if you still haven’t yet). The company can also personalize the experience a bit more with in-home murder mysteries, private events and more.
To learn more about the new building and Without A Cue productions, visit withoutacue.com