Venue Rental

NWFF's programming calendar fills up far in advance. We are currently booked through March 2024.

We prefer 2 months lead time for venue rentals but will accommodate shorter timelines if possible. Masks are required.

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Northwest Film Forum’s 8,000 square feet of 1920s Seattle charm are ideal for private and corporate parties, meetings, screenings, rehearsals, and fundraisers – our theaters and lobby are yours to rent!

The cinemas have a bold, raw look, with hardwood floors, bare wood columns, and 20-foot-high ceiling. Parties of many sizes can be accommodated in our two theaters: Cinema 1 seats 110, and Cinema 2 accommodates 46. The lobby is also available for parties and receptions. To discuss availability & rates, please fill out the inquiry form. Email Patron Services Manager Marìa Zamora, maria (at), with any questions.

Please note: inquiries will be responded to Wednesday through Sunday.

Cinema 1 – 110 seats

Cinema 1

  • 110 seat capacity
  • Stadium seating
  • Front row fully accessible to guests with wheelchairs
  • 5.0 surround sound for DCP/Blu-ray, Stereo for MP4/QuickTime files
  • Movie screen and floor space/stage in front of screen
  • Two microphone setup
  • Spotlights
  • Heating/Air Conditioning
  • Projection capabilities: DCP, MP4/QuickTime files, Blu-Ray, DVD, 35mm/16mm, VHS


      Commercial: $200/hr
      Non-profit: $150/hr


      Commercial: $300/hr
      Non-profit: $250/hr


      Commercial: $250/hr
      Non-profit: $187.50/hr


      Commercial: $375/hr
      Non-profit: $312.50/hr


Photography by Elisa-Huerta-Enochian


Weekdays = Mon-Thurs
Weekends = Fri-Sun
Daytime = ending at or before 6pm
Evening = starting at or after 5pm

Cinema 2 – 46 seats

Cinema 2

  • 46 seat capacity
  • 5.0 surround sound for Blu-ray, Stereo for MP4/QuickTime files
  • Heating/Air Conditioning
  • Projection capabilities:  MP4/QuickTime files, Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS. No DCP in Cinema 2.


      Commercial: $150/hr
      Non-profit: $75/hr


      Commercial: $200/hr
      Non-profit: $125/hr


      Commercial: $187.50/hr
      Non-profit: $93.75/hr


      Commercial: $250/hr
      Non-profit: $156.25/hr


Flat Rate – $125/hr

  • 875 sq. ft.
  • Ideal for receptions
  • Brand new sound system
  • Accessible concessions stand

Venue Rental

  • Please note: We strongly prefer at least 2 months' lead time for venue rentals, and are already booked through March 2024.
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  • Please provide format you will be projecting from (including file type when applicable), as well as any other details, such as sound needs, you will be requiring.
  • Any specific needs beyond projection, such as hooking up a laptop/computer? Do you need extra time for set up?
  • Please list alternate dates here.

Venue Rental FAQ

Will my private rental appear on the NWFF website?

A private rental does not include a listing on our event calendar.

Who's responsible for tickets?

You are responsible for ticket sales, both pre-sales and at the door.

Is the venue ADA accessible?

The main floor of the Forum, including the theaters and lobby, are accessible via a ramp. We have one restroom on the main floor built to ADA standards.

Can I bring outside alcohol?

Unfortunately not! However, our concessions stand is stocked with the best popcorn in Seattle, candy, soft drinks, beer, cider and wine. All beverages, including alcohol, are allowed inside the theaters. If you would like your guests to be able to purchase snacks during your event, please check the “concessions” box on your rental request.

What if the non-profit rate is outside of our budget?

We offer many non-profit rentals and understand budgets can vary across organizations. If your budget is outside of our listed range for non-profits, please let us know as we will do the best we can to accommodate.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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