The Auditorium @ UHeights

  • High availability

  • $30 – $40 per hour

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University Heights Center 5031 University Way NE, Seattle

Olena Billingsley
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(206) 527-4278

Maureen Ewing: Executive Director

Mason Wiley: Associate Director

Shirin Subhani: Outreach and Program Director

Listing updated 08/16/19 • Added 08/10/15

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Dimensions 33 x 40.5 ft.
Square Footage 1336.5 sq. ft.
Ceiling Height 30 ft.
Max Occupancy 100 persons
Accessibility ADA compliant
Loading zone
Parking Onsite parking (free)
Street parking (free)
Street parking (paid)
Parking garage / parking lot nearby (paid)
Lighting Natural lighting
Lighting grid
Walls White
Flooring Wood floors
Stage Platform stage
Seating Flexible seating
Performance Space Lobby
Dressing rooms
Other Qualities Outdoor area
Storage area
We are renovating the space in 2016--please watch for improvements to AV, Lighting and overall space.

Performance, Rehearsal, Exhibition, Studio Art, Meetings / Meetups, Workshops / Classes, Events, Screenings, Readings


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

The Space

The Auditorium @ UHeights is a versatile space that is great for performance, rehearsal, meetings, theater, dance and much more. Foor area, 33’ x 40.5’, w/ raised wooden stage, 33” x 13.5’deep x 30” height, chalkboards, low movement dance only, theatre lighting on stage & at stage exit, standard upright piano (for rent) , theatre curtains & private stage exit (no built-in chairs), room located next to private restroom. Weddings, Reception & Banquet Rates available upon request. Deposit required. Room capacity (max. occupancy): 125 seated; Dance Room capacity 36 couples.

Hourly Rental

$30 – $40 per hour

All rates listed are hourly.

Mon - Fri, 8am - 6pm: $30
Mon - Fri, 6pm - 10pm: $40

Sat, 9am - 4pm: $40
Sun, 9am - 6pm: $40

Rental Requirements

Liability insurance is required for rental.  Inquire about nonprofit discounts. 

One time or occasional renters must pay for their space in advance. First time or one-time rentals require a 50% deposit of the total amount due with completed forms to confirm reservation, with the balance due 2 weeks prior to the first rental date.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made in person, via telephone, fax with confirmed signature, or via e-mail or website submission only with verbal confirmation from one of our office staff personnel. All cancellations are subject to cancellation fees.

UHeights reserves the right to cancel any rentals with 30 days notice.  If renters need to cancel, 50% of the total rental cost will be kept. All confirmed reservations are subject to the fifty percent deposit rule.

UHeights reserves the right to require proof of liability insurance or signature of a liability release waiver for any group, organization, individual or business utilizing the UHeights facilities or grounds. UHeights reserves the right to require a damage deposit, license, or documentation for any and all activities by tenants, hourly rentals, or co-op users, and hold such deposit as deemed necessary upon discretion by UHeights management.

The Basics
Utilities included
Shared bathrooms
Private bathrooms
Wireless Internet
Utility / work sink
Sound system
PA system
Music stands
Digital projector
DVD Player
Lighting equipment (Theatrical)
Lighting board
White boards
Tables and chairs
Performance piano
Rehearsal piano
Alcohol allowed
Additional Info

Piano available for rent at additional cost.

University Heights Center

5031 University Way NE, Seattle

The Building

University Heights promotes life-long learning, creativity, culture, community activism, and the preservation of our historic building.

Above all, University Heights is devoted to our local communities: it’s children, arts, education, civic involvement, sustainability, and the lifelong education of individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Moreover, residing in one of the most historic elementary school buildings in Washington State, we maintain the belief that “Old Schools Still Teach” - fostering community, cultural, and educational opportunities in both the University District and the Greater Seattle area.

Founded in 1989 by University District residents and businesses who believed this building would serve as a vital gathering place for the community, University Heights Center has been serving the Greater Seattle area since 1902. We continually provide new programs, services & activities to the center aimed at strengthening our neighborhoods while meeting the needs of our diverse and growing communities.

Annually, University Heights welcomes over 250,000 visitors through its doors and over 200 groups choose to make us their home.

For information about room rentals, please visit our website:


Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 10PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday: 9 AM –6 PM


We are located in a very urban neighborhood & on-site parking is limited. We encourage all visitors to seek alternative modes of transportation in an effort to save parking for those in need. Consider busing, walking, biking or carpooling. Limited, free parking is available on streets around the center.
Where to Park & When

UHCCA does provide limited, free parking on a first come, first served basis for tenants, renters, members and visitors utilizing the building.
NORTH LOT (access on NE 52nd St & Brooklyn)

RESERVED for Center Tenants, Program.

VISITORS, parking Members, 4th handicapped parking spaces & pickup/dropoff (15 min area M-F 7a-9a & 4p-6p) only. NO PARKING ALLOWED IN RESERVED CENTER OR TENANT SPOTS LABELED WITH A “LOGO OR ICON” AT ANY TIME.
SOUTH LOT (access on NE 50th St & Brooklyn )

RESERVED for Center, Tenant Staff, Patrons & pickups/dropoffs (15 min area M-F 7a-9a & 4p-6p) only.

MON - FRI 8am - 4pm - ALL Hourly Renters/Program Participants MUST park in Northwest Lot during their stay at the University Heights Center. The University Heights Center Office will continue to have day passes available for hourly renters who will need only temporary parking. Parking passes can be pre-approved for any reservation (from 8am - 4pm) at the UH Center. If Northwest Lot is full, please ask our offices if we can accommodate you in another location. Remember Free street parking is available on the streets adjacent to our center.
Northwest Lot

Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for those employees, guests or hourly renters who visibly display the universal handicap placard in their vehicle or a universal handicap symbol on their license plates.

MON - FRI 4 - 10PM - After 4pm, Visitors may park in the South lot or North lot (for overflow parking), but must park in SPECIFIC SPOTS ONLY. All spots labeled as “Reserved” (South or North lots) are not to be used by Hourly Renters (during the hours of 8am - 10pm).

Listing updated 08/16/19 • Added 08/10/15

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