First opened in 1916, the Historic Rome City Auditorium is a 1,106 seat performing arts center that offers a full line of quality production equipment, a knowledgeable technical crew, a spacious green room with numerous dressing rooms as well as a staff dedicated to assisting you host a successful event.
This beautiful facility has recently undergone massive renovations. It now has a motorized control system used for hoisting equipment and scenery. Other upgrades include new LED lighting system, digital sound system, stage curtains and HVAC system. A newly constructed backstage two story addition to the facility includes house dressing rooms, green room, ADA accessible restrooms and shower.
Over the past 100 years this facility has proven to be a great venue for a variety of events. A number of famous acts have performed here over the years including Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones just to name a few.
Dance recitals and competitions
Business, Civic or Church group meetings
Small intimate dinners and receptions
Film and television shoots
We hope you will consider booking your next event with us.
The Rome City Auditorium rental rates include special discounted rates for nonprofit organizations with 501(c) 3 recognition from the IRS. Our staff will assist you to custom-tailor your event based on your needs, as well as explain your costs thoroughly before you book.
Most performances are General Seating, but here is the Chart to assist with those other Special Events.
We will go ahead and get this out front. Also includes information about Rome City School show rates.
How Big, Wide, Deep and Tall.
Details on Size, Location and amenities with our three dressing room locations.
The Rome City Auditorium is located in the Heart of Downtown Rome. There are often several events and activities going on at the same time. Here our experience might help make your participation less stressful.
A collection of questions we really have been asked.
Non Profit, Local $550
Rehearsal, Non Profit, Local $275
Rehearsal, Commercial $600
Cleaning and Damage Deposit $300
Grand Piano $175
The Renter assumes full responsibility for the character, acts and conduct of all persons acting on its behalf.
Base Rent Includes
Handy Auditorium/Theatre Terms:
Load-in = when equipment, renter agents, props or decorations “load into” the building
Strike = the “take down” or pack-up of equipment, props or decorations before Load-out
Load-out = when equipment, renter’s agents, props or decorations “load out of” the building
Base Rent Does Not Include
The Historic Rome City Auditorium has recently undergone renovations as a part of a local SPLOST project to add new lights and sound system as well as construct an addition to the building for new dressing rooms, storage and a green room. The City of Rome is excited for our local schools to utilize the newly upgraded facility for years to come.
As we move forward with the new facility and facility management policies and procedures. the Rome City Auditorium will offer special rental pricing for the City of Rome School System. Each City School will receive one free rehearsal day and one free performance day per school calendar year which typically runs August through June. After your two free days, the City Schools will pay the local non-profit rate of $250 per rehearsal day and $500 for performance day. Since this may not have been something budgeted for during the 2016-2017 school calendar we want to be accommodating. You will only have to pay half of the local non-profit rate in the 2016-2017 school calendar year (after your free days) at a rate of $125.00 per rehearsal day and $250.00 per performance day. Beginning in the 2017-2018 calendar year, the full non-profit rate will be in effect after your free days.
Proscenium opening 34’
Proscenium Height 22’
Stage Depth 33’
Upstage Crossover 3’
FOH to Plaster line 44’
Spot booth to plaster line 86’
Apron 1’-0” Depth
ETC PRODIGY RIGGING
4 Dedicated Electrics with 20 Circuits and Dual DMX outputs
7 Fixed Speed Battens-V1000S- 1000lb Capacity
3 Variable Speed Battens- P1300G- 1000lb Capacity
Prodigy Foundation Controller Located Stage Right
Maximum of 3 Battens can travel at the same time
***Prior authorization and training including sign off with Wendy Reid Required prior to operation of Prodigy Rigging****
Main Curtain with Hand operation Stage Right
Full Stage Travelers at 4’-8”, 17’-0”, 29’-0” All operated Stage Right
4 Sets of Legs with Roto-drapers 4’-2”, 10’-6”, 16-6”, 24’-0”
One 200 amp 3 cable Stage Connection Box.
One 300 amp 3 cable Stage Connection Box.
Parking is available on the street and in the corner lot of 6th Avenue and West 1st Street behind City Hall. The Auditorium is also in close proximity to the 6th Street Parking Deck where addition parking is available for a small fee of $2.00. Early arrival is the best way to ensure a convenient parking spot.
Although there is no onsite dining opportunities at the Rome City Auditorium there are many great restaurants within walking distance of the theater to choose from in beautiful Historic Downtown Rome. Did you know that Rome, Georgia has been selected as having one of the best small town main streets in America! I am sure you find something wonderful to delight your taste buds prior to being entertained.
What do I wear to the Historic Rome City Auditorium? Dress at the Rome City Auditorium is business casual. Often you may see folks in their ‘Sunday best’ but many prefer more relaxed attire.
What time should I arrive? The seating area opens 30 minutes before curtain. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the show so as to not feel rushed. Downtown Rome is a vibrant community that often has multiple events on the same day. Parking fills up quickly so be sure to account time for parking in your travels, we don’t want you to be late for the show!
Where do I go when I get there? To access the Historic City Auditorium you will enter through the main entrance of the Rome City Hall located at 601 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161. The Auditorium will be directly across the lobby upon entering the building. If you require handicap access you will enter on the left or right side of the auditorium up the handicap ramp or through the Water Billing double doors and take the elevator to the lobby.
Do I have to buy tickets in advance? Tickets are many times sold at the door when available. Ticket sale locations will vary based on the lessor of the facility; please reference each show for ticketing information.
Do children get in free? No, everyone needs a ticket to come see the show if it is a ticketed event.. This INCLUDES lap infants. This policy is for your safety. In case of emergency we need an accurate count of who is in our building at all times. We strongly discourage bringing infants to our main productions but children of all ages are invited.
What about Photography? Photography is allowed and even encouraged in our lobby before and after the show. Feel free to take a selfie and share your experience at the Historic City Auditorium on social media. However, during the performance photography is prohibited. All cell phones should be put away and turned off to avoid disturbing the production. Even a vibrating cell phone can be distracting.
Can I take food into the Theatre? Outside food and drinks are not allowed in our performance spaces. All food and drinks are prohibited in the theatre with the exception of events that have been pre-approved for beer/wine sales.
Is there Handicapped Seating? Yes, wheelchair accessible seating is available on the bottom level of the City Auditorium. The facility is also wheelchair accessible through the left and right side entrances of City Hall.
Do you rent costumes? We do not rent costumes to individuals.
Can I rent the Historical Rome City Auditorium for my event? Yes, this fantastic building is available for rental. From small group meetings to large scale wedding receptions, the Auditorium can host many different rentals. You can contact the Auditorium to check on availability by emailing Facilities Supervisor, Wendy Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the direct line at 706-236-4416. Please include your name, contact information, range of dates, type of event and number of people expected at your event.
Can I choose my own caterer?
The Auditorium believes that every event should be unique. That is why we do not limit the use of outside vendors provided that they are approved by the Facilities Manager that are licensed and insured properly. However, based on our experience, we can provide you with a list of very professional and talented people that we feel completely confident in recommending.
Am I allowed to sell alcohol at my event?
The Auditorium is an approved site for beer and wine sales as of 2017. Please discuss your interest in proceeding with this request at time of booking with the Facilities Supervisor.
How can I reserve a space for a reception?
Once you have spoken to the Facilities Supervisor and confirmed availability, the Facilities Supervisor will draw up a rental agreement contract. Once you have read the contract thoroughly and agree to all terms, return the signed contract with a $200 non- refundable deposit. This will confirm and hold your date.
601 Broad Street, Rome Georgia 30161
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