A Space for Every Event
Overture Center is a full-service venue, available to rent by artists and performance groups of any size. We offer top-of-the-line technical capabilities and are guaranteed to bring your event to life like never before. Rent includes all necessary technical equipment and services, ticketing services, security, front-of-house services, and marketing support. We also hire local talent for several programs, and are always open to inquiries from agents and touring artists for inclusion in our season.
Sixteen unique spaces set the stage for your event at Overture. Enjoy breathtaking views in one of our main lobbies. Or steal away to a magnificent theater for a classic, elegant experience. We have a space for groups of any size.
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The stage of Overture Hall has welcomed Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and Cats—as well as extravagant banquet dinners, dramatic wedding ceremonies, and inspirational board meetings. With theatrical lighting and exceptional acoustics, Overture Hall’s possibilities for special events are endless. Most importantly, the view from the stage into the 2,255-seat house is simply awe-inspiring.
Everything old is new again now that the silent-movie “palace” of 1928 has been restored to its original decor, complete with glittering chandeliers and ornate wall sconces. Those who are lucky enough to experience Capitol Theater from its stage will be dazzled by the opulence of the 1,089-seat house and the sense of history that it conveys. For an extra-special Capitol Theater event, hosts can even choose to treat their guests to the sounds of the Grand Barton Organ, built in 1927 and still working today.
The smallest of Overture’s three main theaters, The Playhouse offers a heightened sense of intimacy and privacy for guests. Its simple, urban decor makes it appropriate for any event’s color combinations, while its low thrust stage allows for easy access between the stage and the 347-seat house. Located on the lower level of Overture Center, The Playhouse can be directly accessed from Henry Street entrance—and may be the perfect space for hosts seeking both drama and tranquility.
Located on the second level of Overture Center, Promenade Hall is an elegant, versatile space designed to accommodate numerous types of special events. Its sprung Brazilian cherry wood floor, customizable lighting options, and direct access to Promenade Terrace make it one of Overture’s most popular rental venues for receptions and banquets.
Wisconsin Studio offers north-facing clerestory windows that let in natural light during lectures, meetings, or receptions, and can be shaded to control lighting when desired. Its sprung maple wood floor and angled maple paneling gives it a spacious, airy ambiance. Located on the third floor of Overture Center, the Wisconsin Studio has its own private “Juliet balcony” overlooking Overture Hall Main Lobby. It can be rented in conjunction with the Upper Lobby for extended reception space.
The Rotunda Stage is an indoor amphitheater with circular bench seating surrounding an elevated thrust stage. Located directly below Overture Center’s signature oculus, the stage is partially open to the main lobby and floors above. Its colorful walls and casual seating make the Rotunda Stage a perfect space for community events, children’s programs, music recitals, and wedding ceremonies.
Overture Hall Lobby
Two transparent-seeming grand staircases, a light color palette, and seventy-five foot glass curtain windows with views of the State Capitol give Overture Hall Lobby an impressive sense of volume and space.
Overture Hall Lobby consists of the Main Lobby at street level, Promenade Lobby on the second level, and the Upper Lobby on the third level. Lobby spaces can be rented together or separately.
Overture Hall Main Lobby
Overture Hall Main Lobby’s soaring ceiling and expansive white marble floor make it an airy, elegant location for banquets and receptions. Serving as Madison’s premier event space, the Main Lobby is unique, memorable, and simply grand.
This second floor reception space overlooks the spectacular Overture Hall Main Lobby and features suspended catwalks, balcony reception space, and stunning views of the State Capitol. It is a popular setting for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and pre-and post-show events.
The Upper Lobby, Overture’s third floor balcony, can be rented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Studio or separately for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other events. It boasts dramatic views of the State Capitol and Overture Hall Lobby’s striking architecture.
Overlooking Overture Hall Main Lobby, Promenade Terrace is an inviting space featuring classic furnishings, spacious seating areas, and a built-in bar. On its own, the Terrace serves as an exclusive reception area. When paired with the adjoining Promenade Hall, it becomes the perfect space for guests to relax and mingle in a comfortable setting. Promenade Terrace also opens onto a small outdoor balcony, offering dramatic views of State Street and the State Capitol.
Seen as an upscale, contemporary living room, featuring modern furniture, a built-in-bar, and views of popular State Street and State Capitol.
Capitol Theater Lobby
Originally a silent film-era movie palace built in 1928, the Capitol Theater has been restored to its historical integrity and charm. Its spacious lobby with stunning original architectural details, glittering chandeliers, and ornate wall sconces offers an unforgettable theater environment for receptions and special events. An additional lobby space on the second level features seating and a bar, and is available for small receptions or pre-show events.
The Playhouse Lobby
The perfect “crossroads” between Overture’s Henry Street entrance and the Rotunda Stage, The Playhouse Lobby is ideal for art exhibits, cocktail hours, and receptions before or after an event in The Playhouse.
The Rotunda Studio has theatrical details and simple finishes that make it an edgy, urban room, and a good fit for art exhibitions, rehearsals, and a variety of other gatherings and events. Amenities include split-face concrete block walls that provide sound absorption, a resilient sprung maple wood floor (painted black), and two-sided curtains that run on tracks for ease of maneuvering.
The Board Room is Overture’s smallest and most private space. With 24 chairs around a large oval table, projection capabilities, a permanent white board and a small kitchen, the Board Room is ideal for meetings, breakout sessions, and retreats.
For more information about hosting your event at Overture, contact us at email@example.com or call 608.258.4177.