National Comedy Center Assumes Operation of Gateway Train Station, Extends New Rentals


Gateway Train Station

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The National Comedy Center, Inc., has assumed operation of the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, and has announced it will extend new event rental opportunities through 2016.

The use of the facility for events will now include the new Comedy Center Park and Patio, newly constructed components of the site that were developed in 2015 using National Comedy Center grant funds.
Additionally, the construction planning for the site has been updated to allow rentals beyond the prior June 30 cut-off.

“As we have moved through the final design process, we have gained more visibility on the construction plan”, Tom Benson, NCC Chairman said. “As a result, we have been able to extend the timeline for the rental of the entire Gateway Station Facility through all of 2016”, he added.
The train station will also remain open to the public Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Looking ahead to completion of the National Comedy Center exhibit experience, officials say the facility will remain available for event rental.

“Museums have become a unique, thematic venue option for weddings and other events, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to our own Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which has hosted dozens of weddings and parties in the last five years. This will continue when the National Comedy Center opens. Guests enjoy an atmosphere of mingling over the exhibitry – whether for its historical value, local flavor, sophistication or, soon – sense of humor,” said Executive Director Journey Gunderson.

In addition to event rentals at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, the National Comedy Center currently operates all private events and rentals at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Tropicana Room, a re-creation of Ricky Ricardo’s Manhattan night-club.

The train station has been leased by the National Comedy Center since January 1, 2016, for the purpose of housing the new visitor attraction based on the celebration of comedy. The exhibit experience has been designed by Jack Rouse Associates with input from Local Projects, and is described as an immersive, interactive exhibit experience that celebrates comedy’s past, present and future in all of its forms.

The National Comedy Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

For more information on how to rent the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, Comedy Center Park & Patio, or the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, contact Dallas Thurn at or 716.484.0800.