Rent the Wilma


which is available for rental on a limited basis, contingent upon the requirements of our own programming. The Wilma Theater's state-of-the-art, 296 seat auditorium offers the latest in stage technology, while the raked seating and carefully designed lobby complete the feeling of comfortable and glamorous surroundings. In May 1997, Theatre Crafts International published an article about the theater's architecture.


296 plush upholstered seats
Proscenium stage measuring 44' wide by 46' deep
50' fly tower
308 circuits and over 250 lighting instruments
State-of-the-art sound system
Front projection booth with computer slide projection equipment
Fully ADA-compliant house, with 4 wheelchair accessible seats available in the last row of the theater
Wireless systems for the hearing impaired
Speakers' podium available upon request


  • Spacious lobby appropriate for receptions for up to 300
  • Concessions and coat check areas
  • Adjoining rehearsal studio
  • Handicapped accessible bathrooms
  • State-of-the-art lighting and sound system


Indoor provisions: A/V equipment, lighting and sound system. No dance floor.
Parking arrangements on upper levels of theater and DoubleTree Hotel building.
Central downtown location next to the DoubleTree Hotel. Convenient to many other hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Close to some of Center City's finest restaurants, including XIX at the Bellevue, Valanni, Tria, and McCormick & Schmicks. Within walking distance of Chinatown and Reading Terminal Market.


Smoking is prohibited.
There is no set lead time for reservations. Rentals are subject to availability.
We require proof of insurance coverage naming The Wilma Theater and The DoubleTree Hotel as additional insureds.
Groups are free to use any caterer they wish. No food or drink is permitted in the theater. Kitchen not available.


Start at a base rate but will be affected by the degree of technical support required by your group. Our base rate includes the use of the Theater and Lobby, as well as a House Manager and a Technician provided by The Wilma Theater.

  • Discounts available for 501(c)(3) organizations.

If you are interested in renting the theater, please email Ashley Mills at to schedule an appointment (please no unscheduled walk-ups).  For the majority of the year, the Wilma is engaged in rehearsing for and performing its own productions. We cannot disrupt our own programming to accommodate an outside event. It may be that the date(s) you desire are available for rental, but the set for one of our plays is onstage at the time. If so, you can decide if you require a bare stage, or can conduct your event with our set as a backdrop.

The Wilma Theater is a Partner in the New Stages for Dance Initiative, a program of Dance/USA Philadelphia.  Leadership support for New Stages for Dance is provided by MetLife Foundation.