The Hooker-Dunham Theater is a community resource available for any artistic use. The theater is operated on a cost-sharing basis with rental fees kept as low as possible commensurate with keeping it sustainable.

 

The Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery functions on a simple cost-sharing basis to cover  costs of running the theater and making incremental improvements. The theater runs on a not-for-profit basis and has no paid managerial staff. 

 

Each production at the theater pays a share of the annual costs. Rates (see below) are set as low as possible with a slight discount for benefit performances for non-profits as well as a discount for multiple performances of the same event, Performing groups may also schedule rehearsals, by agreement with management, at no extra cost.  

 

The Hooker-Dunham does not offer a guarantee in return for a percentage of the house, but 100% of all proceeds flow directly to the those putting on a theater event or gallery show. The Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery promotes all events at the theater via its Newsletter (1300+ subscribers), website, Facebook page and personal outreach by theater management. Posters (supplied by the performing group or individual) for upcoming events are prominently displayed in the Hooker-Dunham street marquees. An up-to-date list of key press contacts is made available to all who use the theater. 

 

Front-of-house, ticket sales and reservations, lights, and sound are expected to be handled by the group or individual renting the space. If personnel is needed, the Hooker-Dunham will provide contact information of responsible individuals who provide their services at low hourly rates.

The theater is one floor below street level in an old brick building built between 1897 and 1900 and is currently accessible only via stairs.  We will work with organizations to find inclusive solutions.

 

It’s a wonderful theater! Use our contact page to let us know of your interest in the space.

 

 

Theater Information

 

  • Stage width 18' 6", depth 19' 10", height 9' 8"  (Stage has been extended 7' recently!)

  • The Theater has 81 seats.

  • The Theater is outfitted with a 96-channel  lighting board with crossfaders, and a sufficient number of instruments to fully light the stage. Renters are welcome to refocus the lights to suit their particular needs.

  • To reserve a date, H-DT&G requires a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the Base Rental Fee. The balance of payment is due on the day of the event.

  • Shows must be over and people must be out of the Theater and Gallery space by 11 pm.

  • Renters will be presented with a clean Theater, Gallery and restrooms and are responsible for leaving the spaces clean.

  • Renters are responsible for their own liability and property insurance during the rental period. H-DT&G accepts no liability for accidents, property loss or other items which are beyond its control during the rental period.

 

Rental Rates

 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Weds = $100 per performance

  • Thursday, Sunday = $125 per performance

  • Friday and Saturday = $150 per performance  

  • The Hooker-Dunham does NOT take any percentage of ticket or concessions sales

 

     Multiple-performance rates available by request

 

 

 Set-Up

 

  • Renters are welcome to arrive at the theater 2 1/2 hours before curtain time (no charge). All details of the use of the theater (light board, PA if rented, closing up the space after the performance, etc.) will be gone over carefully and everything checked to see that it is working properly.

 
Sound and Projection Systems

 

  • The fee for use of our PA system is $75., This price does not include a sound technician.

  • The projection system (DVD player and/or digital projector) is available at no additional cost. Renters may plug a laptop into our digital projector.

 

Reservation Services

 

  • Productions are expected to manager their own reservations. 

 

Concessions, CD's, etc.

 

  • Renters are encouraged to provide concessions for their patrons and they may keep all proceeds from sales of those concessions or from CD's, tee shirts, etc.   If renters wish concessions to be made available by the theater, we will try to arrange this.

 
Comps

 

  • H-DT&G reserves two seats per performance. 

 

Publicity

 

  • The Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery promotes all events at the theater through this website and the Hooker-Dunham Facebook page.   We are happy to post pre-event publicity in our display cases and event-day publicity in our sidewalk kiosk.   Events are also publicized through the Hooker-Dunham Newsletter that we send to our extensive email distribution list with approximately 1400 subscribers.

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