Theater Rental

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts plays host to over 200 theater rental events each year. Washington Performing Arts presents several world-renowned orchestras, critically-acclaimed soloists and chamber ensembles in the Concert Hall throughout the season; in addition, many smaller organizations, such as the Vocal Arts DC and Young Concert Artists, present soloists in the more intimate Terrace Theater.

The Kennedy Center offers the following theaters for rent,
when available:
Locations Capacity
photo: Concert Hall
Concert Hall
2,462 capacity
photo: Opera House
Opera House
2,364 capacity
photo: Eisenhower Theater
Eisenhower Theater
1,161 capacity
photo: Terrace Theater
Terrace Theater
Under renovation and will re-open in the fall of 2017.
photo: Theater Lab
Theater Lab
388 capacity
photo: Family Theater
Family Theater
320 capacity
photo: Terrace Gallery as Jazz Club
Terrace Gallery
160 capacity

View the theater rental rates webpage for information.

If you are interested in renting one of our theaters for your event, please complete the Theater Request Application and include detailed information and supplements, as requested.

The raising of contributed funds on Kennedy Center property, for non-profit organizations other than the Kennedy Center, is prohibited, except in very limited circumstances and only with the prior approval of Kennedy Center management. Under no circumstances will fundraising for political campaigns or Political Action Committees be permitted. For more information, please contact the booking office.

For more information on or questions regarding renting a theater, please contact the booking office at 202/416-8032 or hweil@kennedy-center.org.

We look forward to working with you, and thank you for your interest in renting a theater at the Kennedy Center.

2016-2017 Rental Rates
*Subject To Change Without Notice

For each event up to 2½ hours:
Locations Capacity Commercial Non-Profit Organization *
photo: Concert Hall
Concert Hall
2,461 capacity $35,680 $27,320
photo: Opera House
Opera House
2,351 capacity $33,770 $25,870
photo: Eisenhower Theater
Eisenhower Theater
1,161 capacity $16,540 $12,670
photo: Terrace Theater
Terrace Theater
Under Renovation
photo: Theater Lab
Theater Lab
388 capacity $5,850 $4,500
photo: Family Theater
Family Theater
320 capacity $4,770 $3,670
photo: Terrace Gallery as Jazz Club
Terrace Gallery
160 capacity $5,040 $3,870

* Must be able to provide proof of non-profit status to qualify for this reduced rate

Theater rental costs include use of the space on the day of the event, if it's available; a theater manager and ushers for the event, 8 pages of programmatic material in Playbill; and the Kennedy Center box office services, meaning we will sell tickets for your event, if you'd like. What is not included in the rental costs is stagehand labor, equipment rental costs, ticket printing fees, ticket commission fees, insurance on the theater, and any advertising the Kennedy Center may do for you.