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The North Garden Theater offers a offers a variety of amenities to make any event a success. Our wide open hall, neutral color palate, and 17 foot tall ceilings create an elegant blank slate that allows you to make the space uniquely yours. The century old building has been remodeled, yet holds a charm that hearkens back to an earlier more sophisticated time. Limestone brick pilasters hold up black iron trusses to create an open floor. A central chandelier and carriage house lanterns provide distinctive lighting while brick and wood accents provide a feel of warehouse-chic! The North Garden Theater can accommodate 200 guests, features a full bar, ADA compliant entry and bathrooms, full theatrical lights, sound, and media and a catering prep kitchen ready for the licensed and insured caterer of your choice. Rent the North Garden Theater (four hour minimum) for $100 per hour - Monday through Thursday or $150 per hour on the weekends. There is a bar minimum. Rental rates are firm. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below or fill out the form below to share your interest in holding an event at the North Garden Theater. Thank you!
*Rates, amenities, and details subject to change.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost?
$100/hour Monday through Thursday, $150/hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These rates are firm. The same rate applies for set up and clean up time. Events must conclude and be cleared out by midnight.
What is included for this cost?
Your rental at the North Garden Theater includes an impressive list of amenities! The use of our main hall and bathrooms, 20 rectangle tables (72" x 30"), 4 large banquet tables (96" x 30"), 8 high top mingling tables, black table cloths, up to 170 chairs, adjustable size stage, professional theater lighting and sound (including in-house PA system with microphones), media projector, staffed bar service, catering prep kitchen for caterer's use, podium, easel style sign holders, and dual band wi-fi service.
How can I check to see if a date is available?
First, check our calendar. We do our best to keep it updated with availability. You could also use the form above or call us at 651-321-4769.
When can we tour the space?
Private tours are available by appointment. Please reach out to us by using the contact form above. Another great way to see the space in action is to catch a show at the North Garden Theater.
How do I reserve the space for an event?
If your date is available and you would like to book it, we'll share our Contract with you to review and sign. A rental deposit of half down is due at the time of signing. Consider the date yours as soon as the contract is signed and your payment is processed.
Do I need to have all my event details determined at the time of booking? What will happen after I reserve the space?
We need to know the basics to reserve your date - date of the event, approximate guest count. As the details of your event come together, we ask that you keep us in the loop. When your event date is closer, we'll talk again to finalize the rest of the details.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel the event no later than 30 days prior to the event, payments will be refunded except the Non-refundable Deposit. Further details regarding cancellation are available in our contract.
How many guests can the North Garden Theater accommodate?
The North Garden Theater is best suited for events with a guest count of 200 or less. Our total building capacity allows for a few extra guests (just in case you're more popular than you thought) plus staff, servers, and vendors. We can seat up to 200 however, we only have 170 chars. When you book your event at the North Garden Theater, we share a great online collaborative room planning tool... build your floor plan in minutes using a few simple tools. Join tables, knock off chairs, assign table numbers, and view your space design in bird's eye or first person point of view.
Do you have adequate restroom facilities, are there stairs to manage, and space for a coat check?
The North Garden Theater features three uni-sex ADA compliant bathrooms. There are no stairs to navigate when you enter into our space. Our entrance ramp has ADA compliant hand rails. Racks are available to hang your coat or jacket. If your space plan allows for it, secure and staffed coat check is available for an additional cost.
Do you have parking?
Yes! 50 Parking spots are available in our shared lot (1.5 block away). Parking passes may be purchased by you for your guests and distributed ahead of time or may be individually purchased from our website by you and your guests. $2 a spot or 50 spots for $100. Valet services are also available at an additional cost. If your party will park more than 50 cars, there is street parking. Parking and associated fees may be subject to availability. Full parking details on our website's parking page.
Who is my main contact and how much will they be available during my planning? Will they be there to oversee things on the night of my event?
Your Event Manager will be your main point of contact when it comes to planning and will be available to answer questions via e-mail, phone, or face to face by appointment. The North Garden Theater will provide an onsite staff person during your event.
Can we choose our own caterer? How about the bar?
The North Garden Theater is growing a list of preferred caterers, but we are open to using ANY licensed and insured caterer. Beverage service (full bar) will be supplied by the North Garden Theater. You may choose to host an open bar, a cash bar, use drink tickets or a mixture. Customized beer, wine, and liquor options are available. Check out our Bar FAQ. Click here to see our current list of preferred caterers and other vendors.
Can we bring in our own food?
Yes. Even though we prefer that you use a licensed and insured caterer, we do allow renters to bring in some non-perishable food like chips, pretzels, pastries, donuts, etc. Meat and dairy based foods like "meat and cheese trays" can be easily mishandled inviting food borne illnesses.
Can we bring in our own beverages or hire our own bartenders?
No and no. Per our St. Paul Liquor License, our bar service must be in-house only. However, we have access to ordering a large variety of spirits, beer, and wine. You can go with what we have on hand or you can work with your Event Manager to customize a drink menu. If you have other bar questions, check out our bar FAQ page.
Is there a bar minimum? How does that work?
A bar minimum is what the North Garden Theater bar must minimally make in pre-taxed bar sales during your event. If your event does not generate the minimum, the balance would be owed to the venue upon completion of the event. To calculate your bar minimum for a non-Saturday night, take the hours of your event (not including set up or clean up time) and multiply by 75 (multiply by 100 for Saturday events). Example - a four hour event on Friday would have a $300 bar minimum. If you have other bar questions, check out our bar FAQ page.
How early / late can the North Garden Theater be open for events?
There is no policy regarding the start time of events. All events must end by 12 AM.
I don’t want to serve any alcohol at my event, is that a possibility?
Yes. We will work with you customize a beverage plan that suits your needs. Bar minimums still apply. The alcohol and beer taps can be covered with a table cloth. If you have other bar questions, check out our bar FAQ page.
Do you offer rates for non-profit organizations or churches or ________________ ?
No. We keep our rates low for everyone!
Do you have a preferred vendor list?
Yes. We are always forming relationships with a variety of specialty wedding vendors from catering and desserts to flowers and transportation. Click here to see our current list of preferred caterers and other vendors.
Do you have any requirements for the vendors that work in your facility?
Vendors working on-site during your event (i.e. DJ, photographer, caterer, photo booth, etc.) should carry their own liability insurance, listing the North Garden Theater as additional insured. Caterers are asked to sign our Catering Agreement, provide a current license and insurance. Bands / DJs / anyone providing amplified music or sound is asked to sign our "Aplified Music/Sound Agreement."