Facility Rental

Interested in having your event at the Normal Theater? Want to partner with us to bring a screening to Bloomington-Normal? Here’s some basic info to get the conversation going.

First of all, please note that schedule and availability dictate everything in the venue. We have a lot of commitments, sometimes months or even a full year in advance, so it simply isn’t possibly for us to host every event we’d like.

Would you like to host a meeting or private screening for a group?
The base rental rate for the theater is $400 for a four-hour block of time. Included in that rental rate is an event manager that can handle all the day-of details with you, and use of our in-house lighting and audio systems. We can provide up to two wired microphones for use onstage, but any sort of wireless mics would require an outside rental (which we’re happy to work with you on setting up).
If you’d like to show a film, we assess a $75 fee to cover wear & tear on our projection system. Additionally, you will need to secure the rights to any film you want to show; we can work with you on setting this up with our distributing partners. Whether this showing is free or you want to charge your guests, the expectation is that you will handle all box office procedures.
If you’d like to have a presentation on our screen, we assess a $50 use fee to cover wear & tear. Please note that if you are also planning on showing a film as part of your event, this fee will not apply. You are welcome to bring in your own computer or source for the projection and connect it to our system from onstage, but note that it must be either an HDMI connection or converted to HDMI from a digital signal; a VGA to HDMI adaptor will not play nicely with our system. We can also put your PowerPoint presentation on to our computer at no additional cost.
If you’d like to make concessions available for your guests, we assess a $50 staffing and re-stocking fee. We can then either invoice you for any product that your guests take, or they can simply purchase concessions items themselves.

Are you a non-profit organization or academic unit that would like to host a free screening that is open to the public?
If you’d like to host a screening of a film that speaks to some aspect of your mission and make it free and open to the public, we ask that you secure the rights to the film and pay any required licensing fees. In many cases we can work with you to set this up with the distributor of the film, unless the film is extremely limited in release or theatrical rights are simply not available.
We also assess a $100 staffing fee to cover our costs for co-hosting the event; this is the only rental fee for use of the venue. The theater will retain all concessions revenue. If your hope is to line up a series of films, it would be $100 per screening, and of course schedule would dictate whether a new series or festival can be accommodated.

Are you interested in hosting a festival at the theater, or in sponsoring a title in our regular programming schedule?
For longer programming engagements, we ask that you pick up the initial licensing cost for the film. The theater will run the box office and retain all ticket sales revenue. We will list you as the presenting partner for the film in all print and online media, and if space and schedule allow, we’ll include that information on the marquee as well. We also ask that presenting partners provide the door prizes for these shows, ideally connected to your business or the theme of the film.

Are you interested in hosting your wedding ceremony at the theater?
We would love to have your wedding at the theater; it’s a unique environment, and one we know holds a special place in many of your hearts. Our standard wedding package is a $400 rate for use of the space, and we can be fairly flexible in terms of access on the day of the ceremony. Included in that $400 rate are most existing amenities of the space (lighting, up to two wired microphones, and audio playback). If you would like to use our projector for a still image slideshow or video, there is an additional charge. A rehearsal in the space the day before the ceremony is included in the wedding package. The only caveat is that the rehearsal (typically on a Friday) and the ceremony (typically on a Saturday or Sunday) be completed no later than 5:00pm. If you would like to extend either of those beyond 5:00pm or schedule an evening ceremony, the rates would increase; please call or email for more details.

Do you want us to show your film as part of our regular programming season?
Are you a distributor that wants to do a test screening of a film at our venue, conveniently located within one block of Illinois State University?
Do you have a live show that you’d like to pitch, or a mixed-media collaboration that you think would be a great fit for the theater?
Do you have an idea that doesn’t fit in to one of these categories?
Give us a call at 309.433.9941 or contact us by email to get the ball rolling.