20 Aug Venue Spotlight: Alcatraz Island
Did you know that Alcatraz Island is available for special events and corporate receptions?!? As Alcatraz’s preferred lighting design vendor, we at Got Light are excited to be part of the mysterious ambiance!
Melons Catering & Events is the Event Manager for Alcatraz Island and the exclusive caterer for the site. Their detailed planning, impeccable service, and sense of scale and balance on every plane brings out the unforgettable, revitalizing the halls and cells of Alcatraz resulting in an intriguing ambiance.
Named “one of this year’s most important art exhibits internationally” by SFLuxe, it provides Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s sculpture, sound, and mixed-media installations in four previously restricted locations in the former prison.
Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al “Scarface” Capone, and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud helped to establish the island’s notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world’s most legendary prisons.
Alcatraz Island is frequently the site of celebratory, large-scale special events such as corporate receptions, parties, dinners, and premiers. There’s even dancing!
Visiting Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
The island has been the subject of a long list of Hollywood movies, television shows and documentaries, and it remains a popular location for commercial photography and filming. Alcatraz Island is also available on a limited basis for private evening events and tours.
When Fox television hosted the premiere for its new show, Alcatraz, the show’s premiere screened in cellblock D, where the worst-offending prisoners were housed and solitary confinement took place. Guests dined in the former mess hall on food from Melons Catering & Events that included chicken and rice, and other dishes that were popular in the ’60s. The menu was posted on foam menu boards, identical to the ones used in 1963 at the facility with servers dressed in period uniforms inmates wore when they were on kitchen duty.
Requests for special event or film permits for Alcatraz Island should be directed to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Office of Special Park Uses.
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