The Chelsea works with community groups and individuals to make its facilities and programs accessible to the broadest possible audience. We welcome proposals from topical film screenings and discussions, to showcasing new work by area filmmakers. The following guidelines are for current initiatives.

Community Partnerships

These are films screenings open to the public, often with panel discussions or guest speakers, that engage in themes of community interest such as arts and culture, social justice, the environment, and education. Typically, the Chelsea retains ticket fees in order to cover basic theater operating expenses, although other fee structures may be considered depending on the type of event.


Space is available on a limited basis, typically on a Monday or Tuesday or weekday mornings due to the requirements of our ongoing public programming. In addition to being fully equipped for film showings, we have capability for lecture-style presentations with microphones, PowerPoint , Zoom and internet access. Use of the lobby and concessions may be arranged based on group size.

Discounted rentals: Nonprofit groups, schools, filmmakers, and artists who do not fit the community partnership model may rent a theater at a discount.

Rental Fees

General Rental - $500 + tax for single event (including set up and cleaning time) not including any film costs.
Discounts on Rentals:
Members’ Discount – 20% discount for members at the Contributor and above level
Artists/filmmakers/nonprofits – 40%
Advance Group Rates:
A variety of group visit arrangements can be accommodated. Groups of more than 10 may be eligible for a discount. Group options include:

  • Tickets are reserved in advance and paid for individually by participants at the door.
  • Tickets are reserved and paid for by the group leader or organization.
  • Academic/school groups and other community organizations may be eligible for additional subsidies


PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW WITH AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE. We prefer two months lead time whenever possible for events open to the public.