Baltimore Center Stage has been in its historic Mt. Vernon home since 1975. In 2017, we completed a $28 million renovation to create more opportunities for art making and community building, with new public spaces to gather in before and after shows, and state-of-the-art performance spaces with the best in theater design and technology. Since then, we have hosted parties, company meetings, weddings, and performances for those in the Baltimore community.
Many of our spaces are available to rent for events, and all of our spaces are ADA-compliant. See below for photos and more information about individual spaces. Please complete this Rental Request Form and we’ll get back to you with pricing, availability, and other details and options. Download this Rental Information PDF for more information.
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Information about our spaces
The Deering Lobby
Our first floor Deering Lobby is a spacious open area with two bars, an open atrium, and our popular quote wall featuring memorable quotes from celebrated playwrights. This space can accommodate up to 400 people.
THE MARILYN MEYERHOFF Mezzanine
The second floor Mezzanine—the location of our in-house, pre-show dining space—overlooks the first floor lobby. This space can accommodate up to 150 people.
The Pearlstone Theater
Located on the first floor, our original theater is also our largest space, seating up to 541 people.
France-Merrick Board Room/Library
Our third floor conference room was originally the library when this building housed Loyola College and Loyola High School. This space became the costume shop when Center Stage acquired the building in 1975. However, original wooden cabinetry had been saved. Along with refurbished wainscoting, as well as other key elements, the space has been restored into a beautiful yet functional room for meetings. This space can accommodate up to 75 people.
The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Education Center
While this brand new space was designed with our Education Department in mind, the hardwood floors, TV screens, and large windows, makes this space is great for any small- to medium-sized event. This space can accommodate up to 100 people.
NANCY K. Roche Chapel
This historical room still features four beautifully painted glass windows from when this space was used as a chapel. It has since been de-sanctified and used as bar and gathering space. This space can accommodate up to 100 people.
The Deering Lounge (4th floor)
This newly-created, open space features comfortable lounge furniture, a bar, atmospheric lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Calvert Street. Enhanced lighting on the exterior of the structure draws attention to this dynamic area. This space can accommodate up to 200 people.
THE HEAD THEATER
Located on the fourth floor, our second theater seats up to 350 people.
THE JAY AND SHARON SMITH REHEARSAL STUDIO
The small, but brightly-lit rehearsal space can accommodate up to 100 people, but is ideal for small workshops, trainings, rehearsals, or meetings.
The Jay ANDRUS REHEARSAL HALL
Our main rehearsal area is a large, open, non-public space with basic lighting and sound capabilities. This space can accommodate up to 200 people.
How long is your event?
2 Hour Event: Includes 3 hours for load-in and setup, 2 hours for event, 1 hour for breakdown.
4 Hour Event: Includes 3 hours for load-in and setup, 4 hours for event, 1 hour for breakdown.
Full Day: Includes 3-4 hours of load-in and setup, 4-8 hours for event, 2-3 hours for breakdown.
Load-ins prior to 8am or load-outs beyond 2am are subject to an overtime fee.
What time can events start and end?
Load-in can begin no earlier than 8am, events finish by midnight, and load-out is completed by 2am. Early load-in and late load-out must be approved in advance of the date and may incur overage fees.
How do I book a space?
A space can be reserved by request in writing. To reserve a space, a contract agreement, a 20% non-refundable deposit, and a certificate of insurance. All spaces are subject to availability and are rented at the discretion of Baltimore Center Stage.
Are there any events you won’t rent to?
As a performance arts theater, we will not rent to other theatrical performances. Additionally, we will not rent to any religious events (excluding weddings and wakes), political fundraisers, activist groups, hate groups, or any other event we deem is in contrast to Baltimore Center Stage’s core mission and values.
What is parking around your facility?
The Baltimore Sun Garage is a 5-story parking garage diagonally across the street from Center Stage. On weekends and weeknights after 6pm, the garage is $5 to park. There is also street parking.
Do I have to use an approved caterer?
The Classic Catering People are our prefered caterer, however you are welcome to work with others. If your caterer is new to Baltimore Center Stage, a meeting and a tour of the facilities will be required before approval. All alcoholic service must be handled by Baltimore Center Stage.
Can I bring in my own alcohol?
Unfortunately, no. Baltimore City does require Baltimore Center Stage to handle all alcohol beverage service.
Can I use a third-party vendor for lights, sound, AV?
For any event in the theater, our staff will be required to be present involving any lights, sound, or AV. For any rental spaces, this will be decided on a case-by-case basis. DJs are acceptable.
Are there any restrictions on décor?
Décor that is not permitted includes, but is not limited to: fog, dry ice, bubble machines, helium balloons or objects that float, tossing of raw rice, seeds, or any food objects. Baltimore Center Stage will require a detailed list of all objects coming into the spaces.
Can I have a DJ, band, or live music?
A DJ, band, and live music are permitted as long as the sound does not bleed into other spaces that are occupied. Excessive volume will be determined solely by Baltimore Center Stage management and could result in the event immediately ending.
Can my group also see a show?
Yes you can and it is highly encouraged! We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more and our Group Sales Managers will be happy to help coordinate the ticket purchases.