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Soaring spaces. Breathtaking architecture. World-class cuisine. When you’re at Overture Center for the Arts, your event is center stage. Whether you’re looking for a meeting for 15 or a wedding for 500, give your guests an experience to remember in one of our unique venues. Let our attentive, detail-driven staff and exclusive in-house caterer make your event one for the ages. Sixteen distinctive rental spaces are offered:

  • Overture Hall: 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.
  • Capitol Theater: 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 Playhouse: The smallest of Overture’s three main theaters, The Playhouse offers a heightened sense of intimacy and privacy for guests. Its simple, urban décor 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.
  • Promenade Hall: 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: 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.
  • Rotunda Stage: 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.
  • Promenade Lobby: 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.
  • Upper Lobby: 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.
  • Promenade Terrace: 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.
  • Promenade Lounge: 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.
  • Rotunda Studio: 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.
  • Board Room: 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.

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Overture Center for the Arts has been Madison’s home for the arts since its opening in 2004. We love being a part of the community, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support. Overture Center is an independent nonprofit organization, and much of our comeback and success depends on the support from our community. Donations help to ensure we are able to continue our mission to support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts. Please consider investing in Overture’s efforts to support a strong future for the arts in our community.


You can make a difference in Overture’s future. Overture Center is an independent 501(c)(3) organization and much of our comeback and success depends on support from our community. Donations help to ensure we are able to continue our mission to support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts. Please consider investing in Overture’s efforts to support a strong future for the arts in our community. Seven levels of individual donor benefits are offered. Thank you for supporting Overture Center for the Arts!

  • Corporate & Foundation Partners: Supporting organizations like Overture Center positively impacts the bottom line for businesses and helps improve our community. Businesses that focus on socially responsible practices see more success and greater profit sustainability. Overture Center brings nearly 700,000 individuals through our doors annually to experience, support and enjoy performances and programs of all kinds. Our patrons are your customers, employees and clients. As Madison continues to grow and develop, arts and culture are integral in strengthening the local economy and sparking creativity and innovation. When you partner with Overture Center, you take a starring role in supporting and elevating our community’s culture, economy and quality of life through the arts.
  • Planned Giving: When you make a gift to Overture as part of your legacy planning, you will help sustain the arts in this community for future generations. The Anderson Legacy Circle recognizes those generous individuals who are leaving a future legacy to Overture through their: * wills * retirement plans * life-income plans, and * other creative planned giving arrangements.
  • Local Legends: Overture’s Local Legends lead by example in their support of the arts and community engagement. Local Legends give $100,000 to support operations and programs at Overture Center for the Arts and every spring this giving serves as a challenge to the Madison community to match their generosity. Overture’s annual Match Campaign makes the arts available to all in Madison and beyond.
  • Corporate Champions: Corporate Champions are Overture’s most generous Corporate and Foundation partners who share overture’s vision to provide transformational arts experiences to all. Corporate Champions contribute $100,000 or more over four years to bring extraordinary performances to Madison, increase access to the arts through free or low-cost programs, support the arts in area schools and champion new program development to meet the emerging needs of our community.

Volunteer: From 1980 to the present, volunteers have contributed countless hours of service supporting the arts. We simply couldn’t work without the hundreds of dedicated individuals who donate their time and talents each year. Annually, this saves Overture Center over $400,000 in labor costs!

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