Thank you for your interest in renting space at the Colonial Theatre! Our three theatres are available for rental by outside groups on a limited basis given the busy programming schedule already in place. Priority is given to renters who present programming that is open to the public and reflective of the mission of the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT). Typically, the theatres are NOT available for rentals that interfere with our film schedule November thru March or for private events (except before noon). Our event spaces (the Garden Suite & Rooftop Deck and Screening Classroom) have greater availability and are available for private events.
We strongly encourage you to read all of the information on this page and accessible from the links below before calling or emailing us with questions. Due to the number of rental requests that we receive and the uniqueness of each event, we cannot give you a cost estimate until you fill out an online Rental Application, linked to below.
Theatres & Event Spaces
THEATRE 1, the Colonial’s historic 1903 auditorium has 658 seats – 473 on the main floor and 185 in the balcony. There are 4 wheelchair spaces and 3 transfer seats (one arm of the seat flips up) on the main floor. Theatre 1’s screen is 12’5” high x 30’ wide and this theatre is equipped for 35mm and 2K digital projection. Row A is approximately 4’ from the stage and 22’ from the screen. The stage is roughly 18’ deep x 25’ wide. View a seating chart and more details here. Base rental rates range from $300 – $1,200 for a four hour rental and are dependent on the day of the week and time of day of the rental.
THEATRE 2, the Colonial’s blue mid-size theatre, has 174 seats including 5 wheelchair spaces. Theatre 2’s seats are retractable allowing for a flexible space that can be used as a black box theatre in addition to a traditional auditorium. There are 49 seats in the fixed balcony and 125 seats in the stadium-style retractable section. Theatre 2’s screen is 10’2” high x 24’ wide.Theatre 2 is equipped for 2K digital projection only. Row A is approximately 12’ from the screen. View a seating chart and more details here. Base rental rates range from $250 – $525 for a four hour rental and are dependent on the day of the week and time of day of the rental.
THEATRE 3, the Colonial’s red luxe theatre has 65 seats including 4 wheelchair spaces. Theatre 3’s screen is 6’4” high x 14’4” wide. Theatre 2 is equipped for 2K digital projection only. Row A is approximately 2’ from the stage and 9’ from the screen. The stage is approximately 9’ deep x 20’ wide. View a seating chart and more details here. Base rental rates range from $225 – $475 for a four hour rental and are dependent on the day of the week and time of day of the rental.
THE GARDEN SUITE & ROOFTOP DECK are available with greater flexibility than the theatres and are ideal for business meetings, private parties, multimedia presentations and community events. The base rental rate for these spaces ranges from $100 – $150 per hour.
THE SCREENING CLASSROOM is ideal for children’s birthday parties, informal events and screenings (DDV/blu ray only). Capacity for this space is between 50 people for a film screening and up to 80 people for a cocktail party. The base rental rate for this room is $75 per hour.