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What is the maximum amount of people you can accommodate?

Wilshire Ebell Theatre
Orchestra  883
Loge  168
Balcony  215
TOTAL SEATING     1,266

Please keep in mind that, depending on your technical needs, there may be seat kills affecting total capacity by 14-28 seats if you will be bringing in outside equipment.

What comes with theatre rental?

Use of the theatre and stage for the contracted times and dates including: a two-man stage crew to assist your production crew, ushers and doormen to assist your guests, limited rehearsal and setup time, promotional listing on The Wilshire Ebell Theatre online calendar and outgoing voicemail message, and posting of your theatrical promotional materials within the poster cases on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre property. Additional services and elements are available; please call for pricing.

Are the theatre light and sound systems included with rental?

Yes, the house lighting system and basic PA house audio system are included with the price of rental. You are welcome to bring in your own equipment as well.

Are you a union house?

No, the Wilshire Ebell Theatre is a non-union house. We do provide a 2-man stage crew with every production to familiarize your crew with our building.

Does the Wilshire Ebell Theatre offer special rates for non-profit organizations?

Yes, with documentation showing the non-profit status of the entity that will be signing the rental contract and providing liability insurance, a non-profit discount is available.

If my group is renting the theatre for a production, are we able to handle our own ticket sales?

We allow you to be in complete control of your tickets, which would include your handling all ticket sales on your own, if you would prefer. We do offer the service of Box Office ticket sales at the theatre box office window.  This service would be billed to you at a rate of $2 per ticket that we sell, plus 3% of all credit card charges or $250, whichever is greater. This service is available both for pre-sales as well as walk-up sales on the day of the Event. Tickets are sold on a walk-up basis at the theatre box office window only. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm.

Will concessions be provided to our theatre patrons?

Yes, the Wilshire Ebell Theatre provides concession services for all events. A variety of snacks are available, along with coffee, tea, bottled water and soft drinks. No liquor, beer or wine may be served at the theatre.

Is there on-site parking at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre?

There is limited parking available to theatre patrons in the lots adjacent to the theatre building. Ebell parking lots are shared with attendees of the Ebell of Los Angeles clubhouse events. Parking is free in the Ebell parking lots.

Is there space at the theatre to hold a reception?

Unfortunately, there is no reception space in the theatre itself. However, the Ebell of Los Angeles clubhouse next door is a beautiful facility that can accommodate any number of possibilities for pre and post-show receptions, with on-site catering, an executive chef on staff, and a selection of event spaces available. For rental information of the Ebell of Los Angeles clubhouse space, please call (323) 931-1277 and speak with the Special Events Department.

What is required when placing a courtesy tentative hold on the theatre calendar?

We can place a courtesy hold on a date while the contract is being negotiated. With a courtesy hold, you would have first right of refusal for rental of that date. If an inquiry is made for a date with a courtesy hold in place, we will call the holding party so that they can either book the date or release the hold. Tentative courtesy holds expire after 14 days without notice, unless a request to continue holding the date is granted to the holding party.

What is a security deposit and how does it work?

A rental deposit of $2,000 per day is required in order to secure rental of a date on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre calendar. The deposit is non-refundable, non-transferable, and is the first payment toward the total amount of the contract, the balance of which comes due 30 days before your event.

A refundable security deposit is built in to the total rental amount collected with every contract. This amount is kept until after the performance in the event that additional charges arise in conjunction with your event, such as performance overtime charges or charges for damages. Following the Event, any of the remaining refundable security deposit and any box office receipts will be returned in the form of a check within 10-14 days.

Does the Ebell require liability insurance?

Yes. The Wilshire Ebell Theatre requires renters to secure a standard two million dollar policy of liability insurance for all events held at the theatre. A certificate proving this coverage and listing WILSHIRE EBELL THEATRE and EBELL OF LOS ANGELES as additional insured must be provided to theatre management at least 30 days prior to the Event. The Insured Party listed on the certificate of liability insurance must be the same company in whose name the theatre rental contract is written.

If we decide to cancel our performance after having submitted deposits and signed contracts, will we receive a refund?

All rental monies paid are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is the correct address and phone number to use in our promotional materials?

4401 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, California 90005. Telephone: (323) 939-1128.

I have a project in mind and am wondering if you will partner with me to produce and promote my project.

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre is strictly a rental facility. While we are happy to list your event on our website calendar and outgoing voicemail system as well as post your promotional materials in the poster display cases and postcard boxes, we do not participate in producing or promoting events.

When can I make an appointment to see the facility?

The Wilshire Ebell Theatre is a private venue and an appointment is required for a walk-through. Please call the theatre rental office to schedule an appointment at (323) 939-0126.