Please wish our July babies a Happy Birthday:

07/12 Joe M.

07/18 Pat H.

07/23 Pat G.

07/26 Andy K.

07/26 Cheryl P.

07/27 Megan M.




What are Show Bucks?… you might ask. Well let’s get started.


As many of you know, our concession stands currently do not have credit card machines and we take cash only. In the past, we have told patrons that they can get cash from the ATM across from the downstairs elevators, if they would like to purchase concessions (and pay a ridiculous bank fee). Soon that will not be an option. In early July, the ATM machine is leaving our building. Since that is the case, we have a solution for cashless patrons. We are offering Show Bucks!

When patrons pick up their tickets at the Ticket Office (which has credit card machines), they can have the option of adding money to their purchase to use at concessions. So for example, they pay $7 for a movie ticket and ask to purchase $2 extra (or more), which will be given to them in Show Bucks. They will take the Show Bucks (which will look like a ticket, but say “Show Bucks” on it) and bring it to concessions. We will then gladly take their Show Bucks, give them food and send them on their way.

The Show Bucks will be sold in increments of $2. As this is the case, all concessions will again be $2, which includes popcorn. We know this might cause issue with those accustomed to that $1 price, so we are looking into getting a bigger box in stock so the $2 spent looks worth-while. Never fear ushers, your free popcorn perk remains the same!

Whichever usher is the Greeter for these shifts, please know you have an extra duty: pushing Show Bucks! Please let patrons know as they enter that they can purchase concessions vouchers at the Ticket Office. That way they could have concessions even if they do not have cash. Feel free to throw around the phrase “Show Bucks”, though at first no one will know what you’re talking about! However, don’t worry, it will catch on!

Show Bucks will be in effect on Wednesday with The Wizard of Oz. Let’s make them a success!

TIP OF THE WEEK: Summer Usher Outdoor Wear!

If you are working any of our outdoor events this summer, like this Thursday’s Jazz Ambassadors show, please feel free to dress a little more casually. The vest tends to get hot outside! Please feel free to wear a polo shirt or nice blouse with comfortable slacks (though not sweat pants!).

For those of you on the Rain Call for these shifts, if there is indeed weather that causes us to move into the Leighton, please plan on wearing the regular usher attire as the event would be indoors. This also goes for ushers who are on the regular shift. Since you are no longer working outdoors, the vest is back!

TIP OF THE WEEK 2: Summer Classics, now with Spanish Subtitles!

Just wanted to give you a heads-up that the Summer Classics screenings will all have Spanish subtitles at the bottom of the screen. The series is being co-sponsored by the local organization La Casa de Amistad. They have been reaching out to the Hispanic community and promoting the series. This series presents the opportunity for both English speaking patrons and Spanish speaking patrons to enjoy the films together at the Browning.

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Mandatory Summer Training!

Just wanted to give you all a heads up that our Emergency Action Plan Training for the year is coming up soon. As it is very important to keep all of us, both staff and ushers, up to date on procedures and prepared for a variety of different emergency situations, we are going to be having this training every summer. (New ushers who received this training in the spring, we request that you attend as well.)

Like last year, we plan for members of the Notre Dame Fire Department and Notre Dame Security Police to be on hand to run through various scenarios that can go wrong on a shift and how to deal with the emergencies as quickly and safely as we can. We will station ushers in all the available venues and run evacuation drills.

We stress that this again is mandatory, as we want everyone to be as prepared as possible if any incident were to happen during a shift. We are looking at an evening in early August to do this, so we can get the training in before the 2017-2018 season kicks off. We will let you know soon what day we have booked, as we are determining which day works best in the Center’s schedule.

You all did a terrific job at our previous training and we look forward to your participation again. Thanks!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Presenting Series!

The Presenting Series official landing page: performingarts.nd.edu/newseason is now up on the DPAC website. Please take a look to see what great programming we’re offering in the coming season and how we are getting our patrons excited for it. For a little insight into DPAC’s marketing strategy for the 2017-18 season, here is what our Marketing Department has to say about it:

We’re entering this next phase of the season launch timeline by providing insight into our new curatorial direction as well as describing the season’s artists, offering season ticket options, and inviting individuals to connect with us and our vision. The launch will culminate with our special event on July 22 where our guests will have the opportunity to connect with these ideas and embrace our purpose in a rich, rewarding way. Guests will receive their season book at the event while those not in attendance will receive their book via mail.

Marketing is developing the Presenting Series new campaign platform around “Come and See What’s Next.”

“Come and see” is the phrase used by the C.S.C. and other orders for those discerning a call to the priesthood, which is not only appropriate for Notre Dame’s 175th anniversary year but also is central to the University’s Catholic mission (also indicated subtly by the + in our brand) and the center’s alignment with that mission. It is also a colloquial phrase, one of invitation and a warm reception. 

Finally, “What’s Next” builds on the previous platform, “The Start of Something Big,” which supported current programming as offering significant artists to our audiences/community while presaging the new directions and ideas coming in the center’s next decade. 

We are truly moving on to what’s next in Presenting Series programming and the center’s future under new executive and programming leadership.

There you go! We’re super-excited about this season and hope you will be too!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT 2: Summer Classics 2017!


You may have noticed that the film titles in July are all really good, some would say “classic” films. That’s because they are the Summer Classics! Wednesdays in the Browning will be home to some of the greatest films of all time, the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen!


Here is our current schedule for the summer:

July 5thThe Wizard of Oz

July 12thRear Window

July 19th2001: A Space Odyssey

July 26thChinatown

August 2ndE.T.: The Extra Terrestrial

August 9thBig