Shirley Bossier, Rental and Booking Director
(206) 691-8346 | email@example.com
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.
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 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.
Our former Downstairs space is now the Forum—a completely flexible 270-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 60 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.
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.
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.
Sound Engineering & A/V equipment
Such as high quality projectors, screens, and wireless microphones
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?
How far ahead can I book my event?
Do I need insurance to rent from Town Hall
What if I don’t have liability insurance?
When are the invoice payment and a certificate of liability insurance due?
Is the security deposit deducted from the final invoice?
When does Town Hall begin publicizing my event?
Please note: The deadline to provide information to be included in our monthly print calendar is 1 month before the 1st of the month of your event. We will reach out with an exact date once your event is confirmed.
My event is confirmed. What’s the next step in planning my event?
What does the event manager do?
What if I need additional equipment that Town Hall doesn’t own?
What is the role of the event staff on the day of the event?
What does the sound engineer do?
Explain the charges for the sound operator’s time.
Does Town Hall have a box office?
Can I host a reception as part of my event?
What’s the parking like around Town Hall?
When can I arrive at Town Hall on the day of the event?
What if I realize I need more rental time?
What if my event runs late?
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What if I have to cancel?
All cancellations must be made in writing.
A 100% refund, less 50% of the security deposit, will be issued for cancellations received 45 or more days prior to the event.
A 50% refund, less non-refundable deposit, will be issued for cancellations received 44 to 30 days prior to the event.
No refunds will be issued for events cancelled less than 30 days prior to the event.
Is Town Hall available for weddings?
What about other private social occasions?
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
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.
Using a preferred caterer waives additional catering fees typically imposed for non-preferred caterers.