Theater Rental & Event Catering

The Avalon offers two distinct theaters – the Avalon 1 and Avalon 2 – for rent to individuals, organizations, and businesses. The Avalon also provides rental catering services. We can put together a range of menus accompanied by wine, beer and refreshments to make your rental event all the more successful. The theater, built in 1922, is an architectural gem and boasts a landmark exterior and a beautifully restored interior. Renovations have preserved its exquisite quality while providing modern technology, comfort and enjoyment.

Located minutes from both downtown D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland, the movie houses may be rented for film presentations or private events. Since the Avalon is a first-run movie house, there are a limited number of time slots and dates available.

Rental rates are determined by auditorium choice (Avalon 1 or 2), time and duration of the event, and day of the week. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive discount rates. Please contact us with date inquiries as early as possible and we’ll happily discuss rental opportunities with you.

  • Avalon 1 (main auditorium) seats 428 people plus 6 spaces for wheelchairs. DCP and video projection are available (Supported formats: Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS, Beta-SP). There is no stage, but there is ample room in the front for speakers, musicians, etc.
  • Avalon 2 (second floor auditorium – accessible via stairs and elevator) seats 140 people. DCP and video projection are available (Supported formats: Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS, Beta-SP).

For rates and additional information, please submit the form below or contact our office at 202-966-2149. Please ask for Robin Weiss for birthday rentals, and Andrew Mencher for all other rentals.

Please Note: The Avalon is unavailable for rental at the following times:

  • Friday afternoon and evening
  • Saturday afternoon and evening
  • Most Wednesday evenings

Birthday party rentals are available in Avalon 2 on weekend mornings at 10am.


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Interested in renting:  Avalon 1 Avalon 2 Café
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