Grand Lobby & Courtyard

  • High availability

  • $1265 – $1897 per day

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Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center 201 Mercer St, Seattle

Pinky Estell
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Cornish Rental Inquiry Survey

Listing updated 01/05/22 • Added 01/28/15

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Square Footage 15000 sq. ft.
Max Occupancy 500 persons
Accessibility ADA compliant
Accessible parking
Accessible entrance
Accessible restroom
Loading zone
Parking Street parking (free)
Street parking (paid)
Parking garage / parking lot nearby (free)
Parking garage / parking lot nearby (paid)
Lighting Natural lighting
Gallery track
Walls Brick
Flooring Carpet
Stage Flexible stage
Seating Flexible seating
Performance Space Lobby
Other Qualities Outdoor area

Performance, Rehearsal, Exhibition, Meetings / Meetups, Workshops / Classes, Events, Readings


Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts, Photography, Film/Video

The Space

The Grand Lobby of the Cornish Playhouse is a spectacular venue for corporate meetings, private receptions, weddings, parties and conferences. The space can accommodate up to 500 people and offers a wonderful view of the beautiful fountain Courtyard. If you are looking for a unique space for a special occasion, look no further.

Daily Rental

$1265 – $1897 per day

* Ancillary & Equipment Surcharges and Labor charges may apply depending on specific event services required to support external rentals including but not limited to security access set-up, A/V, meal plans or catering and janitorial.

Rental Requirements

We require all renters to provide a Certificate of Proof of General Liability Insurance with Cornish College of the Arts listed as additional insured in the amount of $1,000,000.

Rules & Regulations

We have an agreement with the IATSE Local. As such, any work in these spaces must comply with our contractual agreement with the Union. If your event includes catering or bar service, Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes is the exclusive caterer for this space.

Cancellation Policy

The Deposit can range from the greater of $500 or 25% of the estimated total contract to a maximum deposit of 100% of your estimated Labor required for your event, depending on the complexity and/or risks of your production. The Deposit is due upon signing the contract.

If Event Cancelled By Client: Fee:
31-90 days before the event 100% Deposit
0-30 days before the event Total Contract Amount

A rescheduling request will be considered by CORNISH only if it is made 91-180 days or more before the event and a mutually agreeable date is available on the calendar. Otherwise, cancellation fees will apply. If the renter finds another renter for the same time period for an equal or greater facility rental fee, then no cancellation charges will apply if the rental is approved by the Playhouse Director.

The Basics
Utilities included
Shared bathrooms
Air Conditioned
Wireless Internet
Utility / work sink
Dining Area
220 volt power
Sound system
PA system
Music stands
Digital projector
Hearing Assistance Equipment
White boards
Tables and chairs
Performance piano
Rehearsal piano
On-site catering
Bar available
Alcohol allowed
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

201 Mercer St, Seattle

The Building

The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is a vibrant theatrical and educational facility and a landmark of mid-century architecture, comprising a 434-seat main auditorium, a flexible black-box theater and a generous forecourt and lobby. Built for the World’s Fair of 1962 and now operated by Cornish College of the Arts as its flagship venue, the Playhouse presents a full range of performing arts events open to the public year round.


Open 8 AM - midnight and can be available 24/7.


Public Transportation


Wheelchair accessible


24/7 security monitored, building access badges required

Listing updated 01/05/22 • Added 01/28/15

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