Space Rental

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) is pleased to offer rental spaces for artists, arts educators, non-profit organizations, community groups, corporations, and individuals. Some of the spaces can be adapted to accommodate a wide range of events. Located in downtown Princeton, the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts is the ideal location for film screenings, private celebrations, lectures, corporate breakfasts and luncheons, executive retreats, business meetings, and more.

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Rental Spaces and Costs

Rates listed are for Business Hours (Monday-Thursday, 9am- 9pm, and Friday-9am -5pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm). For any bookings scheduled outside of our business hours a staffing fee of $80/hour will be charged.

Solley Theater and combined spaces can be rented for a flat rate for the minimum of three hours* and an hourly rate for every hour thereafter.

*Solley Theater and combined space rentals have a minimum of three hours. No exception.

Spaces listed below can be rented at an hourly rate during regular business hours.


  • Requests for discounts must be submitted with your Rental Request and proof of current Non-Profit status must be verified if applicable.
  • Discounts apply solely to the rental fee of the selected room(s). Discounts are not available on piano, janitorial, staffing, linen, or any other applicable charges.

Our hours of operation vary throughout the week and during semesters. Typically, we are open Monday-Thursday, 9am- 9pm, and Friday-9am -5pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm. 

When you submit your rental request, we will inform you if the facility is scheduled to be open at the time of your rental. There is a 3-hour minimum rental for opening the building outside of our normal business hours.  If your rental is planned outside of our open hours, we charge an additional fee of $80/hour.

  • Janitorial Fee: Mandatory when food is being served at your event
    •  $125 flat fee
  • Staging:  4’ x 4’ sections; 8 available
    • $25 per section
  • Steinway Model B Piano
    • $150 flat fee
  • Tech Fees:
    • Microphone: $25 each
    • Plug-and-play music using ACP sound system: $50
    • Projection using ACP projector & sound system: $100
    • Tech person available for event for sound mixing/lighting: $100/hour
  • Table linen
    • $5 per linen
  • Padded theater chairs (100 total)
  • Artist stools and easels
  • Music stands (5 total)
  • Podium
  • Coat racks
  • 6 ft and 8 ft tables

Many of our renters choose to serve food during their event. Without a traditional kitchen, food prep and service can be facilitated by selecting the Solley Theater/Lobby/Painting Studio package (the Painting Studio has ample electricity, prep tables, and a sink) as a workspace for caterers. You are welcome to provide your own food or use your own caterer. If you choose the Solley Theater for your event, we allow breakfast or snacks to be served in the Theater. Lunch or dinner service requires selection of the Solley Theater/Lobby Painting Studio package or Solley Theater/Lobby/Communiversity Room package. For any event that includes food, there is a flat janitorial fee of $125.  No open flame food service is permitted unless a professional caterer is employed.

For rentals taking place in the Solley Theater, a Steinway Model B piano is available for use at a flat rate of $150/event. The piano is tuned once per year. Additional tuning, which requires 6 weeks advance notice, is also available for $250.

Our folding tables require table linens. We have blue tablecloths available onsite (8 for 6’ tables and 3 for 8’ tables) with one week notice, at a cost of $5/ tablecloth. Renters are also welcome to provide their own linens.

We cannot accommodate renters parking vehicles in our parking lot. Please check the Municipality’s website for information on public parking. There are several public parking lots/garages very close to our building, and metered parking is also available nearby. You may use our parking lot for supply drop-off/pick-up but cannot leave your car for the duration of the event.

  1. Review available rooms and studios
  2. Review rental rates above
  3. Submit space request form no less than 45 days before the date you are interested in. If you do not receive a response within 2 days, please follow up with Mini Krishnan by calling 609.924.8777 x 108.
  4. Schedule a visit to see the space, if needed
  5. Receive a quote form and work out specifics of your rental with Mini Krishnan
  6. Once details have been finalized, receive and review the rental agreement
  7. If acceptable, return a signed rental agreement with the security deposit and 50% of the rental fee to secure the space.