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Concert venue in the middle of NYC
  • $1500/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • New York, NY
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Mick Jagger's Den meets The Fillmore
  • $850/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
  • 1
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Los Angeles, CA
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Private Event and Theatre Venue
  • $950/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Vancouver, BC
SuperHost
150-Seat Theater with Art Deco Bar and Lounge
  • $200/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Santa Monica, CA
SuperHost
Venue, Lounge, Haunted House Rooms, Field
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Hauppauge, NY
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Expansive Event Venue with Large Dance Floor
  • $300/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • St. John'S
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What people say about Theater on Giggster

Eleni R.
$ 250
5 hours
30 people
10 months ago
This is such a great location. We held a screening and it was a really nice time. They had everything you needed there, privacy, etc. Highly recommend!
Changing Lives P.
$ 488
4 hours
30 people
a year ago
Great location for shooting a video. Thanks to the host who is very accommodating.
Farah M.
$ 440
4 hours
15 people
2 years ago
The owners are so helpful and accommodating! Really love this spot. So unique and beautiful. A pleasure to film in!
Brian B.
$ 525
5 hours
5 people
2 years ago
This was a lovely little theater. Very charming. We used it for a photo shoot but I would love to do a show there.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an average Theater space cost to rent?
Theater space rates typically average $561 per hour.
What is the attendee limitation of average Theater spaces?
Attendee limits often vary with the size and features of a Theater space, but average 347 people per booking.
What is the average hourly minimum of Theater spaces?
The average minimum booking time for Theater spaces is 4 hours.
What is the average square feet of a Theater space?
There's a great range of Theater spaces available, with an average size of 10944 square feet.
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About Theaters

A theater is an arena for the performing arts, a place where plays, concerts, ballet recitals, and many other artistic events enthrall and amuse audiences. Theater spaces are as varied in form and scale as the performances themselves, with some venues featuring a thrust stage that extends into the audience, creating a more intimate experience, or an arena stage, where the audience seating surrounds the performance area, offering a 360-degree view.

Some theaters are opulent and magnificent with a proscenium stage, where the audience faces one side of the stage directly, often framed by a proscenium arch, enhancing the visual experience. Others are small and personal, allowing for a deeper connection between the actors and the audience, especially when an actor standing center stage can engage directly with viewers almost in arm's reach. End stages, where the audience sits on one side facing the width of the stage, offer a dynamic viewing experience, combining elements of depth and intimacy.

Selecting the ideal theater for your performance can be challenging, with so many possibilities. Whether you're looking for a grand space with a traditional proscenium arch, a dynamic end stage, or a more unconventional outdoor setting, the choice of venue can significantly impact the performance's reception.

Discover the ideal theater for your next show with these pointers and recommendations, considering the unique features of thrust stages, arena stages, end stages, and the intimate setting that only a small theater can provide.

The Best Theater Venues

The best theater venue for you is one that matches you, your performance, and your audience. Some shows are grand occasions, like a world-famous rock group playing in front of a sea of adoring fans on an arena stage. Others are much simpler affairs, such as a one-woman show in an intimate theater space with a thrust stage, offering close interaction with the audience on stage. It all depends on the type of show and experience you want to create. For traditional theatrical performances, a proscenium stage is a popular option, providing a classic frame for the action on stage. So, here are a few of the more popular theater venue options you might like to consider, each offering a unique setting for your performance on stage.

Community Theaters

If you’re hosting a small play or even an intimate comedy show, look for a simple but character-filled community theater space with a thrust stage. The natural lighting and cozy environment in this small theater make it ideal for an independent play. The thrust stage, part of the performance space, extends into the audience, offering a closer connection with the entire audience. Unlike a traditional proscenium theatre, where the audience is separated by a frame, this setup creates a more intimate and engaging experience.

Open-air Amphitheaters

Some musical performances and stage productions call for a grand setting, and what could be grander than the beauty of nature? Open-air theaters feature a thrust stage design, where the stage extends into the audience, creating a unique theatrical space that blends the natural environment with man-made elements. This design enhances the audience's view, much like a picture frame opening, allowing for a panoramic embrace of the performance. Furthermore, with the audience surrounding the stage on three sides, it creates an intimate setting for theater enthusiasts to enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars.

Opera Houses

Acoustics are an essential feature of any show, particularly any live musical performance. So if you’re staging an opera in a thrust theatre, hosting a symphony orchestra in a theatre with a vast stage area, or just looking for a majestic theatre venue like the iconic Globe Theatre, it’s hard to go past an opera house's beauty and focused design. With its end stage that draws the audience sitting closer to the performers, enhancing the intimacy and sound quality, and a theater box office that welcomes hundreds eager for a cultural feast, the opera house embodies a perfect blend of form and function in a theater.

Playhouses

Would you like to bring a little bit of Broadway wherever you are in the globe? A suitable venue for a dance or theater production is a playhouse, often designed as a thrust theater, where the audience surrounds three sides of the stage area. These places typically have seating for a few hundred people, ensuring that every spectator has an ideal perspective of everything happening on stage. With audience members placed close to the action at the front of the stage, end-stage, or on platform stages, the immersive experience is heightened, allowing for a more intimate connection between performers and viewers.

What to Look for in Theater Spaces

Choosing a theater venue is a little more complicated than you might expect. No two venues are the same, and the needs of organizers vary greatly depending on the type of show you’re hosting, the size of the audience, the sort of ambiance you want them to enjoy, and the availability of amenities like a green room. Here are the key factors you need to consider when comparing theater spaces.

Ease of Access

The best theater space for your needs is one that’s in a convenient location, ideally in the heart of the city, akin to a central sports arena or at least in the heart of an area’s dining and entertainment precinct, similar to where you might find an arena theatre. Consider factors such as proximity to public transport, the presence (or lack) of parking nearby, and whether there are bars and restaurants within easy reach for theatergoers.

Size

The size of the venue determines how many people can come to your show and enjoy an entertaining but comfortable evening where the audience sits at the same level as the stage extends. Second, the size also determines the ambiance — not just in terms of how far audience members are seated from the stage, but also how it affects a particular show's atmosphere. The presence of dressing rooms and stage left areas can enhance the overall experience for performers, allowing them to prepare for their theatrical activities in privacy.

Atmosphere

Speaking of atmosphere, some performances deserve an intimate setting, others something grand and extravagant, and plenty more are better suited to something in between. Look for narrow spaces that can be transformed or a found space that resonates with the essence of your theatrical activity. Additionally, a scene shop can be a valuable asset for customizing the environment. When you find a venue that has the right vibe to match your performance and accommodates these integral components, you'll know right away.

Key Facilities

Next, take some time to think about all the amenities and facilities that a theater must have for your show to be a raging success. Ensure the stage is large enough and the right kind for your needs, if it has an orchestra pit, if there's a trap door, and if it has backstage space, dressing rooms, and bathrooms. Consider if the theater offers tiered seating for better audience visibility and if the architectural frame allows for natural light, which can be essential for specific productions.

Audience Experience

Finally, don’t forget to think about the overall experience you will offer to the average audience member. For example, is the seating area easily accessible, do they have refreshments, and is there a place for guests to mingle before the audience enters and after the show? Additionally, consider the stage features like the fly loft and how actors enter and exit away from the audience, ensuring a seamless experience that maintains the fourth wall. Answering these questions will help you find a theater space that ticks all the boxes.

Theater Inspiration

Are you trying to find your perfect theater area for other events and need creative ideas? Just a handful of the many possibilities to think about, including influences from ancient Greek traditions, options for actors, and setups focused in a single direction, are listed below.

Perfect Plays at Historic Theaters and Playhouses

Certain theaters claim a rich and fascinating past. As soon as you enter the room, you wonder which well-known names have walked these boards before. Hollywood luxury from the past is on display in this stunning Art Deco theater located in the center of Los Angeles.

Amazing Alfresco Amphitheaters

It doesn't matter if you enjoy hip-hop, rap, or classical music—seeing one of your favorite performers play under the stars is just beautiful. For this reason, outdoor, open-air theaters with their spacious main floors and expansive acting areas are a terrific option if you want to put on an unforgettable concert. The playing area in such theaters offers actors and musicians alike the perfect stage to connect with their audience, turning the entire experience into something truly magical.

Black Box Theater: Simplicity at its Finest

In the contemporary performing arts scene, these theaters—so-called because they resemble a black box—are a common option. They are excellent practice rooms with a back wall that also guarantees an engaging and participatory experience for the audience. The main floor of these black box theaters serves as the acting area, emphasizing the flexibility and intimacy of the space.