Rent the Art

Located in downtown Champaign, IL, the Art Theater is located in a historic 104 year-old cinema with one 246-seat theater. We can be rented by individuals or organizations for a wide variety of presentations, including: premieres, private screenings, classes, guest lectures, benefits; by invitation or open to the public; and multi-day film and video festivals.

With the exception of full-week rentals, our theater is not available for rent between 5PM-9:30PM on Friday & Saturday nights. We can accommodate many other times during the week.

For more information please contact You must include the following information in your email inquiry:

  • Preferred date and time of rental
  • Estimated number of attendees
  • Brief description of your event
  • Your organization name
  • Are you a nonprofit (Y or N)
  • What you are projecting, and in what format

Rental Rates include:


  • Projectionist
  • Technical inspection of media (delivery of media required 1 week prior to event)
  • Concession Staff
  • Additional staff may incur further costs, based on the size of the event.

We are not equipped to handle film projection at this time.

  • DCP
  • Blu-Ray (Two exact discs must be delivered for back-up purposes)
  • DVD
  • Many digital formats (inquire within)
  • PowerPoint

Rental Prices:

50% deposit due 1 month prior to event

—Inclusion of event on our website & Facebook page, additional $25
—Inclusion of event in our newsletter, additional $25

—Marquee use
——Full marquee:
———1 day: $75
———1 week: $450
——Partial marquee:
———1 day: $50
———1 week: $250

Additional time for surveying the facilities, testing of materials, set up/clean up of event, and additional equipment is not included in quote. These additional costs will be assessed on an individual basis.

Wedding Rentals:

Wedding rentals are subject to the same rates, conditions, terms, and general policies, with a couple extra steps required.

Required Rehearsals
We require that all weddings perform a rehearsal the week of the event – most weddings happen on Saturdays, and so reserve Friday afternoons for rehearsals. The rehearsal shall be 2 hours long, and can be scheduled any time between 1pm – 4pm. The rehearsal costs an additional $200.

Additional Space
There is no additional space available for wedding beyond the theater itself, lobby, and bathrooms. This means that there is no additional space for changing, storage, or staging areas for weddings.

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