Our auditoriums are sometimes available for rental. Pricing can vary depending on the auditorium, the day and date of use, and the time of use. Generally speaking, evenings and weekends are more expensive than weekdays and afternoons. We do not rent the theater on Fri-Sun from May – August due to the demands of the summer movie season.
Our primary cinemas can only show 35mm film or DCP Cinema, and also commercial DVD or BluRay.
Cinema 2 seats 92, Cinema 3 seats 150, Cinema 4 seats 92 and Cinema 5 seats 144. These rooms are not licensed for live performance, only screenings and lectures.
Our main theatre of 876 seats is also available for rental. It is both a film space and a live theater space, with a full theatrical stage. The theater seats 383 on the orchestra level and the balance of 493 seats in the balcony. For General Admission shows, capacity is reduced to 850 seats. The stage is approximately 41′ wide and 22′ deep, with a 32′ wide proscenium. An Orchestra Pit that holds around 12-16 players is available; there is an additional $150 rental fee to have the pit cover removed. For performers there are two private dressing rooms, a third semi-private dressing room, a green room, and a bathroom. The main theater can show archival film prints in both 35mm and 70mm formats on a pair of beautifully maintained Norelco DP-70 projectors, and features Datasat/DTS, six track magnetic sound, and both Dolby 5.1 & Dolby 7.1 EX Digital Sound, with two subwoofers and 24 surround speakers throughout the auditorium for cinema presentations.
Theatrical and live event rentals must contract with independent vendors for lighting and sound production. Lighting is exclusively contracted with David Gruber Lighting Design, which owns and maintains the stage lighting (email firstname.lastname@example.org.) Sound vendor contacts who are familiar with the theater can be provided by management. Rental fees for the theater do not include any production services.
For information on renting the main theatre or cinemas 2-3-4-5 at the Somerville Theatre, please email Ian Judge, Director of Operations at email@example.com.