Theater Facility Rental

Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, the Sarasota Opera House and its facilities will lend elegant ambience to your special event.

The newly renovated William E. Schmidt Opera Theater, along with four other indoor spaces, and the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard provide a variety options for your corporate event, celebration, private party, or any other special date. Whatever your expectations, let us help you create an event that will dazzle your audience.

Interested in hosting an event at the Sarasota Opera House? Please contact Jim Reid, Director of Theater Operations, by emailing [email protected]

We offer: 

  • Fully renovated theater with seating for over one-thousand guests
  • Four large banquet rooms
  • Two lounges
  • Private dining room
  • Convenient downtown location
  • Handicapped accessibility
  • Nearby parking facilities
  • Grand piano rental
  • Catering kitchen
  • Outdoor patio with seating
  • Flexible spaces
  • Distinctive space that is on the historical register

Potential Uses for our venue

  • Benefits and fund-raisers
  • Cocktail receptions
  • Seminars
  • Board retreats
  • Meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Memorials
  • Graduations

William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre

Our beautiful theater has recently undergone an extensive renovation that brought it new standards of technology, comfort, and beauty. For a unique event, consider hosting a sit-down dinner directly on the stage, surrounded by the elegance of the theater.

Rental Information

William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre Capacity: 1,119
Stage seating: 125

Click here for detailed technical specifications 

Comes standard with legs & borders as hung, rep lighting plot as hung.

For technical specifications, please contact:
Jim Reid
Director of Theater Operations
[email protected]

Monday - Thursday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8am - 12 midnight $3,500.00 $4,000.00
Second Performance / Same Day add $1,000 add $1,000
     
Friday - Saturday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8am - 12 midnight $4,000.00 $4,500.00
Second Performance / Same Day add $1,000 add $1,000

These rates include:

  • Room or hall reserved
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Standard housekeeping service
  • Heat, air conditioning as installed on premises
  • Water as installed on premises

These rates do not include:

  • Food/ Catering
  • Cost of Liquor, bartenders and service staff
  • Marketing, advertising, or promotions (i.e. tickets, invitations, ads, posters, emails, etc.)
  • Piano Tuning
  • Screens or projectors
  • Event staff
  • Valet Parking
  • Linens
  • Additional tables and chairs beyond the number provided by the opera house
  • Plus Applicable State and Local Sales Taxes

All rates and information are subject to change without notice.

For more information and date availability, please contact:
Jim Reid
Director of Theater Operations
[email protected]

Felding Hall & Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard

Our landscaped courtyard features wrought iron fencing, flowering plantings, and a fountain – making it an appealing outdoor space for dinner or cocktails. Opening directly onto the courtyard, Felding Hall offers space for hosting an intimate dinner with views of our tranquil garden.

Rental Information

Felding Hall Capacity: 125 standing / 80 seated

Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard Capacity: 125 standing / 80 seated

Monday - Thursday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8 Hour Rental $600.00 $800.00
     
Friday - Sunday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8 Hour Rental $800.00 $1,000.00
     
Courtyard Rental additional $500.00  

 

These rates include:

  • Room or hall reserved
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Standard housekeeping service
  • Heat, air conditioning as installed on premises
  • Water as installed on premises

 

These rates do not include:

  • Food/ Catering
  • Cost of Liquor, bartenders and service staff
  • Advertising or promotions (i.e. tickets, invitations)
  • Piano Tuning
  • Screens or projectors
  • Event staff
  • Valet Parking
  • Linens
  • Additional tables and chairs beyond the number provided by the opera house
  • Plus Applicable State and Local Sales Taxes

All rates and information are subject to change without notice.

For more information and date availability please contact:
Jim Reid
Director of Theater Operations
[email protected]

Jonas Kamlet Library

The Jonas Kamlet Library is an excellent space for business presentations and meetings. Outfitted with a large TV and seating for eighty-five, this space could be the location of your next business event.

Rental Information

Jonas Kamlet Library Capacity: 85 (theatre style) / 50 (classroom style)

Monday - Sunday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8 Hour Rental $600.00 $700.00

 

These rates include:

  • Room or hall reserved
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Standard housekeeping service
  • Heat, air conditioning as installed on premises
  • Water as installed on premise

 

These rates do not include:

  • Food/ Catering
  • Cost of Liquor, bartenders and service staff
  • Advertising or promotions (i.e. tickets, invitations)
  • Piano Tuning
  • Screens or projectors
  • Event staff
  • Valet Parking
  • Linens
  • Additional tables and chairs beyond the number provided by the opera house
  • Plus Applicable State and Local Sales Taxes

All rates and information are subject to change without notice.

For more information and date availability, please contact:
Jim Reid
Director of Theater Operations
[email protected]

Joy Culverhouse Room

The Joy Culverhouse Room is an excellent location for a board meeting or corporate retreat.

Rental Information

Joy Culverhouse Room Capacity: 95 (theatre style) / 50 (classroom style)

Monday - Sunday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8 Hour Rental $600.00 $800.00

 

These rates include:

  • Room or hall reserved
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Standard housekeeping service
  • Heat, air conditioning as installed on premises
  • Water as installed on premise

 

These rates do not include:

  • Food/ Catering
  • Cost of Liquor, bartenders and service staff
  • Advertising or promotions (i.e. tickets, invitations)
  • Piano Tuning
  • Screens or projectors
  • Event staff
  • Valet Parking
  • Linens
  • Additional tables and chairs beyond the number provided by the opera house
  • Plus Applicable State and Local Sales Taxes

 

All rates and information are subject to change without notice.

For more information and date availability, please contact:
Jim Reid
Director of Theater Operations
[email protected]

Lee and Bob Peterson Great Room

Our largest space, the Peterson Great Room, is flexible – able to seat hundreds of guests for board meetings, lectures, or dinner and dancing.

Rental Information

Lee and Bob Peterson Great Room Capacity: 339 seated (theatre style) / 300 seated (classroom style)

Monday - Sunday Non-Profit Rate Commercial Rate
8 Hour Rental $600.00 $800.00
8 Hour Rental $600.00 $800.00

 

These rates include:

  • Room or hall reserved
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Standard housekeeping service
  • Heat, air conditioning as installed on premises
  • Water as installed on premise

 

These rates do not include:

  • Food/ Catering
  • Cost of Liquor, bartenders and service staff
  • Advertising or promotions (i.e. tickets, invitations)
  • Piano Tuning
  • Screens or projectors
  • Event staff
  • Valet Parking
  • Linens
  • Additional tables and chairs beyond the number provided by the opera house
  • Plus Applicable State and Local Sales Taxes

All rates and information are subject to change without notice.

For more information and date availability, please contact:
Jim Reid
Director of Theater Operations
[email protected]