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Rental Info

The Walt Whitman Theatre will be closed for structural improvements, including the repair of the exterior ramps, replacement of the doors and upgrades to the A/C system, currently through late 2018.

The theatre will not be available for rentals for shows or events during this time period. The newly renovated theater will reopen as the Claire Tow Theater located in the Whitman Hall wing of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Performing Arts Center.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Thank you for your interest and consideration in renting the magnificent Claire Tow Theatre (formally the Walt Whitman Theatre) for your next event. Please read the information below, then click Rentals@BrooklynCenter.org to email a request for a consultation, or call our General Manager, Richard Grossberg directly at 718-951-4600 (Option 9) to discuss your needs in detail and to reserve your date.

In addition to The Claire Tow Theatre, the theater's very spacious Mezzanine Lounge is also available as a stand-alone rental space; many clients have found it to be ideal for receptions, meetings, conferences and private parties; catering can be arranged thru local vendors.

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General Information About Our Professional Services:
Our rental rates are contingent upon the type of show or event that is being contemplated, but whatever the event, large or small, our full staff of highly skilled theatrical professionals will help you bring your performance or event from the drawing board to full realization and at extremely competitive prices. The Center has been praised by many producers (most of whom return year after year) as one of the friendliest, most helpful of any venue in which to produce a show.

The Performing Arts Center is proud of its long tradition of involvement with the Brooklyn Community by way of offering the magnificent Claire TowTheatre for rental at very attractive rates, making it the ideal gathering and performance space for community, civic and cultural groups, as well as those desiring the full scope of a professional production crew and a fully-equipped theatrical venue.

Every June, the Center launches the Graduation Project. It has been a tradition here for decades. Over fifty of our Brooklyn high schools and colleges, Fire and Police Department Academies take advantage of the large seating capacity of the Claire Tow Theatre for their commencement ceremonies. Literally hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites are indelibly linked to the Center because one of the most important milestones in their lives -- their graduation -- took place on the Great Stage. If you are the administrator in charge of your school's graduation and are considering booking the theater for the event, don't hesitate to contact us. The sooner the better to secure an available date in June.

Community Access

From its inception, Brooklyn Center's long-standing mission has always been to support local community groups and organizations, helping them to mount their own performances and events in our facilities.

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Technical Info and House Policies

When renting the Center's Claire Tow Theatre to produce an event, both the Center's Production and House Management teams have compiled a Handbook containing comprehensive information relating to the technical as well as the physical aspects of the venue. All House Policies under which we operate are also detailed. It is highly recommended that any prospective client download and read this information, especially the House Policies section. Your technical crew will find this information invaluable.

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Download: Tech Info & House Policy Handbook


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