The Beatrice Theatre is one of two theatres in the SVA Theatre at the School of Visual Arts on West 23rd Street. It is a cinema-style theatre with stadium seating that seats 266 comfortably. A small stage is well-suited for Q&A's, panels, lectures, demonstrations, play readings, business meetings, and other similar events. Our technology allows for 35mm, 16mm, and 70mm film, as well as 4K digital cinema (DCP, BetaCam, DigiBeta, Blu-Ray/DVD) with Dolby 3D and 7.1 surround sound -- all finely tuned to produce one of the best images in New York. Please note, our rates fluctuate depending on numerous variables and those listed on this site may not reflect your final rental quote.

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Meeting, Reading, Screening, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot, Class, Special Event, Performance, Audition
Disciplines Theatre, Film, Visual Art
Restrictions On Use Food and drink is allowed in the space, though no glass is permitted. Alcohol is only permitted with appropriate licenses/permits.


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Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book

Please contact us by email or phone if you are interested in booking the SVA Theatre. We ask that all events are booked at least two weeks in advance, though we do occasionally allow "last-minute" bookings made between 2-14 days prior to the event. We do not allow bookings made 1-2 days prior to the event, nor do we allow same-day bookings.

Please note that the rental rates posted herein are negotiable and are subject to your event's needs.

Hours Of Operation We allow rentals from 7:00AM until midnight and, depending on the event, we can consider rentals that start earlier or end later.
Rental Policy We generally require a five-hour minimum rental. We have an extensive contract that lists all of our rental policies. Please know that nothing is out of the ordinary and we are generally very flexible. We do, however, require rental payments up front, prior to the event taking place. And, like most venues, we require that you carry certain types of insurance.
Cancellation Policy Once you have signed our rental contract, cancellations made 90 days before the event are fully refundable. Other cancellation policies are listed within our contract.
Allows Last Minute Reservations None specified
Booking Requirements Deposit, Full payment, Proof of liability insurance required, Lease agreement
Personnel Available at Time of Rental On site manager, Maintenance, Security, Rates include some or all personnel, Rates include some or all equipment
Personnel Available at Time of Performance Stage hands, Sound technician, Light technician, Technical director
Payment Types Check, Credit card
Options None specified
Other Allowed Activities Street shoes, Amplified music, Alcohol permitted

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions 2500.0 sqft
Space Features Column-free, Air-conditioned, Heated, Grid, Privacy
Technology Cell service, Internet access, WiFi, Live streaming, Renters are welcome to use our outdoor marquee to promote their event.
Flooring Nonsprung wood, Carpet
Stage Configuration Platform stage
Stage Dimensions 24 ft x 14 ft with 25 ft ceiling
Seating Capacity 266
Seating Arrangement Fixed, Raked

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Fluorescent, Incandescent, Light board, Lighting instruments
Furniture Chairs, Podium, Tables, Ladder
Artist Amenities Kitchen/pantry, Secure storage, Green room, Telephone in space
Instruments And Accessories None specified
Audio Sound system, Sound booth, PA system, Microphone, MP3/auxiliary input, CD player, Amplifier, Microphones available include wired and wireless handhelds, lavalieres, and "diva" mics. Dolby 7.1 cinema surround sound and PA system available. Assistive listening devices available. Please visit for the most up-to-date equipment information.
Video Film Digital projector, Projection screen, DVD player, Cameras, 4K digital projection available, including Dolby 3D. HD cameras available for in-house video recording/live-streaming. Film capabilities include 16, 35, and 70mm. HDCam, digital files, and DCP files accepted. Please visit for the most up-to-date equipment information.
Studio Arts None specified

Accessibility Accessibility_active EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Street parking, Bike rack, Paid garage/lot parking
Accessibility ADA or AODA compliant, Accessible without stairs, Elevator, Lobby and house, Patron restrooms, Stage
Audience Services Restrooms, Lobby
Miscellaneous None specified

Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Meetings $700 - - -
Reading $700 - - -
Screenings $700 - - -
Video/Film Shoots $700 - - -
Photo Shoots $700 - - -
Class $700 - - -
Special Events $700 - - -
Performances $700 - - -
Auditions $700 - - -

Non-Profit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Meetings $500 - - -
Reading $500 - - -
Screenings $500 - - -
Video/Film Shoots $500 - - -
Photo Shoots $500 - - -
Class $500 - - -
Special Events $500 - - -
Performances $500 - - -
Auditions $500 - - -

This space was last updated on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:10AM