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Private Event Rates and Information

Set on Main Street, the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, is a new destination for the arts in the up and coming Midtown area of Houston. Designed by Lake|Flato and Studio RED, this $25 Million project includes four performance spaces, a gallery, rehearsal studios, offices, and a mission to serve the small and mid-sized arts organizations who make up the majority of Houston’s thriving cultural community. These performance spaces include two flexible "black box" spaces and two more-traditional theaters with fixed seating, one of which is dedicated specifically to dance. One building contains the performance spaces, box office and small café, while the other is home to the rehearsal studios, gallery and offices. Both buildings flank an open air breezeway that bisects the facility from Main Street to a bus or valet drop off on Travis Street.

The entire site is one city block, 60,000 enclosed square feet, and is adjacent to the HCC/Ensemble light rail station.

All spaces are available for rent. Matchbox 2 and Matchbox 4 would work well for presentations whereas the Matchbox 1, Matchbox 3, and the Gallery are large open rooms that can be used in a variety of ways.


 Monday-ThursdayFriday-SundayAdditional Hours
Matchbox 1$1,500$2,000$500
Matchbox 2$2,000$2,500$500
Matchbox 3$2,500$3,000$500
Matchbox 4$4,500$5,000$500
Rates includes 6 hours of rental, lighting and sound equipment.
Technical labor, special equipment, or additional hours will incur additional cost.



Matchbox 1

1,300 square feet with complete sound and lighting system, seating risers and stackable chairs for adaptable/flexible seating arrangements.

Room Capacity: 90 for a reception, 84 seated at tables, 83 for a lecture/presentation.

Matchbox 2

3,600 square feet with complete sound and lighting system, dedicated to dance with a permanent dance floor and fixed seating for 159.

Matchbox 3

2,300 square feet with complete sound and lighting system, seating risers and stackable chairs for adaptable/flexible seating arrangements.

Room Capacity: 220 for a reception, 180 seated at tables, 181 for a lecture/presentation.

Matchbox 4

4,800 square feet with complete sound and lighting system, proscenium theatre with fixed seating for 323, permanent HD projector and screen.


3,000 square feet with wood floor and track lighting.

Room Capacity: 204 for a reception, 200 seated at tables


Other Fees and Expenses

Security Deposit

All events require a refundable security deposit of $500 due 7 days before the rental date and refunded within 10 days following the event if there are no outstanding charges.

Fees (as applicable)

Ticket Fee: $2 per person for events sold through MATCH box office. Please see the MATCH Ticket Policy for applicability.

Late Fee:  $200/hour for events which run past the contracted term.  

Missed Break Fee: $100 plus one hour of labor (per technician) will be charged if scheduled crew breaks are not honored.

Pass-through Expenses (as applicable)

TULIP Insurance: $132 per performance, unless Licensee provides proof of insurance meeting minimum requirements.

Piano Tuning: $135-$160 each, unless Licensee arranges for alternate professional tuning.

Technical Labor: $25/hour.  Four-hour minimum per technician.

Audience Riser Setup: Standard audience configuration for Matchbox 1 and Matchbox 3 is End Stage (see drawings here). Alternative or custom configurations are free for weekly rentals, but may incur additional labor charges for shorter rentals.