Rent Town Hall

Whether you’re hosting a chamber concert for 800, a civic rally for 200, or a poetry reading for 40, Town Hall has the right space and team for your event.

The Building Spaces Services Rental Inquiry Form

Shirley Bossier, Rental and Booking Director
(206) 691-8346 | shirley@townhallseattle.org

Renting at Town Hall

Town Hall Seattle belongs to you. Nearly half of Town Hall’s calendar is created by our rental partners, and we specialize in helping groups who don’t usually present public programs bring their ideas to life. When you rent Town Hall, you’re gaining a true partner and joining a community of producers that promote curiosity, empathy, and creativity throughout our region.

We are more than a historic venue—we are a shared community resource dedicated to accessibility and affordability for audiences and producers alike. With three diverse performance halls, top-notch production and amenities, and a relationship-driven approach to event promotion—Town Hall’s facilities and staff are designed to amplify your work.

The Building


Town Hall Seattle is a landmarked century-old historic building. Constructed in the stirring Roman Revival architectural style, Town Hall sports stately columns and a gleaming terracotta exterior, with a spacious lobby interior and wide staircases traversing three stories.

In 2019, we completed a $35 million renovation restoring the building’s iconic character while adding modern patron and structural improvements. Our historic building now features expanded A/V capabilities, climate control, state-of-the-art hearing loop systems in all three performance spaces, a spacious elevator serving all three floors, upgraded backstage areas, and 17 all-gender restrooms on the lobby level. 

Our lobby level features front-of-house amenities like café and bar service and ample space to gather.

The Spaces


The Great Hall

Town Hall’s signature performance space is a premiere venue for acoustic and amplified music, as well as human voice. The Great Hall seats 850 people. Featuring historic curved oak pews, the space has a unique intimacy found in few other halls of its size. The space features a custom-designed acoustic reflector suspended above the stage, tuned specifically to the contours of the room to evenly distribute sound to every seat in the house.

The Great Hall’s vaulted ceilings lend a warm yet stately character to every stage performance. The space’s iconic stained-glass and vintage crown molding lend warmth and dignity to community gatherings.


The Forum

Our former Downstairs space is now the Forum—a completely flexible 275-seat space designed to keep up with Town Hall’s fluid calendar. A mobile stage and non-fixed seats allow the 5,000 ft2 space to adapt to the needs of each event, while the library and custom bar flanking the room provide an easy way to transform the energy in the room each night. This adaptability alongside it’s technical capacities make the Forum one of the most flexible and professional midsized-capacity performance spaces in Seattle.

The space also features climate control and–following the completion of construction on our block–easy access for ride-shares and foot traffic through the ADA accessible west-facing entrance. The Forum is beautifully suited for community programs of all kinds, as well as private receptions, meetings, galas, and other gatherings.


The Reading Room

The Reading Room seats 75 and is uniquely suited for personal collaboration and connection. Situated on Town Hall’s lobby level, the room enjoys west-facing light with vistas of the tree canopy outside and the downtown skyline.

The Reading Room’s close-knit environment and by-the-hour rental model are ideal for community events such as board meetings, small presentations and trainings, meet-ups, and private receptions.

Services


Marketing Services

Town Hall maintains a robust marketing and communications team to act as shared marketing infrastructure for our rental partners.

Your rental includes our full suite of publicity support, including a staff writer to help tell the story of your event, and inclusion in our e-mail newsletters (25k readers), print calendar (17k distribution), an event listing on townhallseattle.org, social media support, and our team’s knowledge of local media.

Production Services

A Town Hall Event Manager’s expertise is included with every rental.

They schedule one production site visit and manage the details of the event, including venue setup, A/V requirements, floor plan, technical needs, and receptions.

If more than one site visit is required, additional fees may apply.

Technical Services

Sound Engineering & A/V equipment
Such as high quality projectors, screens, and wireless microphones

Performance Additions
Such as stage extensions, choral risers, and piano

Digital Production Assistance
Audio and video recording, as well as livestreaming services

Services available for an additional fee.

Have questions? Click here to fill out our Rental Inquiry Form.

Or, contact Shirley Bossier, Rental and Booking Director, at (206) 691-8346.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I confirm a date for an event at Town Hall?

Complete and submit a rental application, and a proposal and contract will be sent to you. When we receive payment of the security deposit and a signed contract, the date is confirmed, and you will receive an invoice with the date payment is due.

How far ahead of time do I have to book my event?

You can book your event up to 13 months in advance, and there is always more date availability the further out you are booking. Please know Town Hall is also capable of handling rentals on short notice, based on availability.

Do I need insurance to rent from Town Hall

Renter must obtain at their sole expense a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming Town Hall Association as certificate holder and additional insured, with a minimum per occurrence coverage of $1,000,000 bodily injury and property damage coverage. Liquor liability coverage is mandatory whenever alcohol is sold at TH; host liquor liability coverage is mandatory for private receptions where alcohol is served. A copy of the required Certificate of Liability Insurance must be submitted to TH 30 days prior to the event.

What if I don’t have liability insurance?

Use The Event Helper, which specializes in single-day/special-event insurance coverage. Make sure you use our venues address, which is 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Do not use our admin office address.

Is the security deposit deducted from the final invoice?

No. The security deposit is a separate payment in addition to the rental fee. The 30% security deposit is fully refundable against any additional charges within three weeks of the event date.

When does Town Hall begin publicizing my event?

After we receive payment of the security deposit and a signed contract, you will receive the invoice and a publicity form to complete. We will post your event to our website after receiving the completed publicity form. Other publicity efforts begin 2-4 weeks prior to your event.

Please note: The deadline to provide information to be included in our monthly print calendar will be roughly 1 month before the 1st of the month of your event. We will reach out with an exact date one your event is confirmed.

My event is confirmed. What’s the next step in planning my event?

Approximately three weeks before your event, a Town Hall event manager from the production department will contact you to schedule a site visit.

What does the event manager do?

The event manager works with you on all the details of your event: floor plan, A/V requirements, venue setup, timing, ticketing questions, etc.

What if I need additional equipment that Town Hall doesn’t own?

The event manager will arrange for any additional rentals that your event requires.

What is the role of the event staff on the day of the event?

Town Hall staff members represent Town Hall during events; they are the first ones in and the last ones out of the building. They are onsite for the entirety of your event to ensure the safety and security of Town Hall, its users, and property. Staff assists renters in managing the timing of events and in maintaining the building during events.

What does the sound engineer do?

The sound engineer arrives before your event and sets up any necessary sound equipment, conducts a sound check, and remains onsite running sound to ensure the highest-possible sound quality for your event. The operator stays until the end of the event and breaks down equipment after the event is over.

Explain the charges for the sound operator’s time.

Sound hours are always estimated, depending on the requirements of the event. Town Hall refunds any hourly sound charges (over the four-hour minimum) not used. The sound hours include the engineer’s time and a basic sound package.

Does Town Hall have a box office?

Renters typically coordinate their own ticket sales and front-of-house personnel, but ticketing services can be provided by Town Hall for an additional cost.

Can I host a reception as part of my event?

Yes. There is a charge for bringing food to Town Hall. See the “Catering” section for more details.

What’s the parking like around Town Hall?

There is no Town Hall-owned parking available, and current construction around out building makes parking difficult. Visit the Plan Your Visit page for the most up to date information.

When can I arrive at Town Hall on the day of the event?

TH event staff will be prepared to let the renter and its representatives in at the time specified in the rental contract. It is the renter’s responsibility to make sure representatives, volunteers, and caterers know beforehand that no one will be admitted to TH before the contracted time.

What if I realize I need more rental time?

Discuss the timing of your event during the site visit with your event manager. If the block of time exceeds the contracted six hours, additional charges will apply.

What if my event runs late?

Staff and venue overtime charges will apply.

How late can my event run at Town Hall?

As Town Hall is located in a residential area, all events must end by 11:30 pm. Audience members must clear the building by 12 am.

What if I have to cancel?

If dates, or parts thereof, are cancelled more than 60 days prior to the event, one half of the security deposit is refundable. Cancellation fewer than 60 days prior to the event will forfeit the entire security deposit.

Is Town Hall available for weddings?

Town Hall is not available for weddings or wedding receptions. Please visit www.banquentevent.com for a list of suitable wedding-reception venues.

What about other private social occasions?

As a rule, Town Hall has very little availability for private social events. Our mission is to provide affordable space to the community for public events.

Liability Insurance

Renter must obtain at their sole expense a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming Town Hall Association as certificate holder and additional insured, with a minimum per occurrence coverage of $1,000,000 bodily injury and property damage coverage.

Liquor liability coverage is mandatory whenever alcohol is sold at TH; host liquor liability coverage is mandatory for private receptions where alcohol is served. A copy of the required Certificate of Liability Insurance must be submitted to TH 30 days prior to the event.

Use the button below to navigate to The Event Helper which specializes in single-day/special-event insurance coverage. Town Hall’s information will auto-fill to the form while you make your purchase.

Important: Use the address of our venue to purchase your insurance certificate: 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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Food & Catering

While any caterer can be used in conjunction with your event, Town Hall has a list of preferred caterers we work with frequently who represent a range of menu selections and pricing. Catering policies and logistics should be arranged with your event manager.

Preferred Caterers:
Using a preferred caterer waves additional catering fees typically imposed for non-preferred caterers.

Cameron Catering

City Catering Company

Classic Catering

Foodz Catering

Golas Kitchen

Gourmondo Catering

On Safari Catering

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