The 200-seat Abbey Theater of Dublin offers a wide variety of theater and music performances, movies and lectures, and provides a venue for Dublin-based performing arts groups. Programming focuses on expressed community interests. The theater also can be rented for business presentations, meetings, lectures and performances.
The hardwood stage is located at floor level. All seats provide excellent views. The backstage area offers short-term storage and two private dressing rooms. This flexible performing arts space boasts state-of-the-art lighting and sound and video systems to accommodate virtually any need. Technical support for all programs and events by Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC) technical staff is at no additional charge.
The rental hours of the Abbey Theater follow the hours of operation of the DCRC for Sunday through Thursday rentals. Rental hours may be extended to midnight for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, pending staff and facility availability.
For Abbey Theater of Dublin information and availability, please contact Joe Bishara, Theater Supervisor at 614.410.4554.
Rehearsal Rate (house lights only)
- Standard Rate: $90
- Corporate Resident: $75
- Dublin non-profit: $70
- Non-Profit Performing Arts Groups(501c 3): $60
Fee Per Hour (2 hr. min.)
- Standard Rate: $160
- Corporate Resident: $140
- Dublin non-profit: $135
- Non-Profit Performing Arts Groups(501c 3): $85
Half-Day Rate (up to 5 hours)
- Standard Rate: $605
- Corporate Resident: $520
- Dublin non-profit: $490
- Non-Profit Performing Arts Groups(501c 3): $320
An initial payment of $200 is required at the time of booking. Fees will be waived for rental groups falling under the umbrella organization of the Dublin Arts Council. DAC will be charged a fully burdened hourly rate for the Theater Technician’s time upon request of that service. The Theater Technician will be charged at $45 per hour, per technician.
City employees (or City-contracted professional service) are the only ones authorized to use/program the theater’s technical equipment, lighting, and any other theatrical appurtenances.
Rental Rates and Collection Fee
In most cases, rental rates will be quoted to prospective rental groups in four-hour blocks. There may be certain times when a rental group will not need four hours for an event. In those situations, a per-hour rental rate will be optional, with a two-hour minimum. Should a rental group request the City of Dublin to facilitate ticket sales and collections for its performance(s), the City of Dublin will charge a 12% collection fee. This fee will be calculated based on total ticket sales, and the balance of ticket collections will be remitted to the rental group.
Rehearsal rates will be available for those rental groups renting the theater facility for their performances. Rehearsal rates include “work lights” only. Rental groups desiring “technical” rehearsals must pay regular rental rates.
Rental hours will follow the existing hours of operation of the Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC) for Monday through Thursday rentals. Rental hours may be extended to midnight (12:00 a.m.) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday pending staff and facility availability.
Rental groups will be required to obtain appropriate insurance. The rental group will may be asked to provide proof of liability insurance which satisfies the City’s lease requirements.
Rental Contract and Policies
Each rental group will be required to sign a detailed facility rental contract and agree to abide by all policies, procedures, rules and regulations governing the rental and operation of the facilities.
Upon cancellation of a reservation more than 60 days from the event date, the City will refund the rental fees collected, less a $15 administrative fee. Upon cancellation of a reservation less than 60 days before the event date, the City retains rental fees (up to $200) and refunds remaining fees (if any), or renter may reschedule without penalty.
Abbey Theater Specifications
- Stage dimensions: 24 ft. x 40 ft.
- Stage is floor level, with two backstage access doors
- Floor is hard fir, stained ebony with a polyurethane top coat
- Dimensions are 85 ft. x 55 ft., approximately 4,675 square feet
- 186 permanent seats
- Backstage space located directly upstage
- Large overhead door for easy load-in of sets and materials