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The Molly Smith Study / Photo by Scott Suchman.
The Molly Smith Study / Photo by Eli Turner.
The Molly Smith Study / Photo by Cameron Whitman Photography.
Bank of America Lower Lobby / Photo Eli Turner Studios.
Bank of America Lower Lobby / Photo Eli Turner Studios.
The Grand Lobby / Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects.
The Grand Lobby / Photo by Lisa Helfert.
The Grand Lobby / Photo by Eli Turner Studios.
Richard's Place / Photo by Scott Suchman.
Richard's Place / Photo by Jack Hartzman-Washington Photo.
Rooftop Terrace / Photos by Scott Suchman.
Rooftop Terrace / Photo by Cassidy DuHon Photography.
Rooftop Terrace / Photo by Jack Hartzman-Washington Photo.

Your guests can dine and drink…laugh and cry…be entertained…and get inspired – all under one roof!
Select the setting that works best for you.

Pre/Post-Theater Events

Consider enhancing your next special event at the Mead Center with a group ticket purchase to a current Arena Stage production. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Learn more

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The Molly Smith Study

Tucked between the glass curtain wall and the exterior of the fully-restored, historic Fichandler Stage, the Study is perfect for seated dinners, receptions, board meetings and more.


  • 225 Standing
  • 200 Seated Dinner
  • 200 Theater
  • 150 Classroom

Suggested uses:

  • Seated or Buffet Dinners
  • Cocktail Receptions
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Lectures and Presentations
  • Board Dinners

Bank of America Lower Lobby

Adjacent to the Molly Smith Study, the Lower Lobby is a fitting location for a reception prior a seated dinner. It may also be used in conjunction with the Study to increase standing capacity to 350.


  • 175 Standing
  • 100 Seated Dinner
  • 100 Theater

Suggested uses:

  • Cocktail Reception
  • Registration/Check-in
  • Breakout Space

The Grand Lobby

This flexible space functions as the shared lobby for our three theaters. On dates without performances, however, it’s a grand setting for an elaborate seated dinner, festive cocktail party or fundraising gala. The built-in bar, custom-designed carpet and stunning views make it one of the most sought after event spaces in Washington, DC.


  • 500 Standing
  • 300 Seated Dinner
  • 350 Theater

Suggested uses:

  • Cocktail Reception
  • Gala Dinner
  • General Session
  • Lectures and Presentations

Richard's Place

Perched atop the Kreeger Theater, Richard's Place is a unique alternative to traditional banquet and reception halls. The space features a private bar, contemporary rock garden and elegant poured concrete architectural elements.


  • 450 Standing
  • 250 Seated Dinner

Suggested uses:

  • Cocktail Reception
  • Gala Dinner
  • Continental Breakfasts
  • Meeting Luncheon

Rooftop Terrace

In suitable weather, the adjacent open-air Terrace is the most desirable location in the Mead Center. Completely covered by one of the largest cantilevered roofs in the world, the Terrace offers breathtaking views of the Southwest Waterfront and the Washington Monument.


  • 250 Standing
  • Not recommended for seated dinners

Suggested uses:

  • Cocktail Reception

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Kathleen Kelley, Director of Events and Rentals
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“The event was fantastic!!! I cannot tell you how amazing it is for us to have this annual show now at Arena Stage. You and your team are wonderful and the youth couldn't be any happier with having the show at Arena! Thank you so much for all of your help in bringing things together.”– Non-Profit Organization

“Thank you all for such a great event. Our attendees and client couldn't be happier and we owe that all to you. You were a pleasure to work with and I can only hope that another event brings us to DC soon.”– Inc. Magazine

“I can't thank you enough for all of your work to make our event last night such a success! Our guests LOVED the tour and thought the venue was fabulous. I hope to hold many future events at Arena Stage, especially with such a great events staff on hand. Again, thank you so very much!”– George Washington University

“Thank you so much for all of your help in making our Design Awards Gala such a great success! We really appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf, and feel that the event went very smoothly due to all of the hard work of your team. We had several members tell us that they really enjoyed this year's venue, and feel that part of their enjoyment can be attributed to your efforts. Thank you again, and we wish you continued success.”– Northern Virginia, AIA

“What a fabulous night! It was a pleasure meeting you and working with you. I also wanted to thank you for taking such great care of us for our firm's event! I have heard nothing but good things about the food, the venue and the show! I wish we did this more than once a year, but look forward to working with you again soon!”– Corporate Client