Temperature management in a large, four-story-high open room and lobby filled with 1,500+ guests, all with varying perceptions of comfort is a complex challenge. Our temperature settings are adjusted to achieve a goal room temperature of typically 70-72 degrees, while taking into account the size of the audience, body temperatures, heat from theatrical lighting, humidity, etc.
In analyzing our guest survey feedback, less than 2% of guests tell us that temperatures could be improved at the Wilson Center. Of those, about half said temperatures were too warm and the other half said temperatures were too cool. As you can see from this survey data, meeting everyone’s sense of the perfect temperature is a complicated part of managing a large public assembly building like the Wilson Center.
Our recommendation is to dress comfortably for being in a large crowd, taking your own temperature sensibilities into account. If you are susceptible to cold, just bring a sweatshirt, light jacket or sweater just in case. Likewise, if you are frequently warm in an assembly, dress in lighter layers. We wish the temperature could be perfect (and adjustable) in each and every one of our 1,500+ seats, but that technology just does not yet exist.