Spaces to Rent

Merchant Hall

Merchant Hall


Elegant European style opera house with contemporary accents

  • Seats 1123; 500+ in orchestra and the remainder in 27 boxes of various sizes
  • Stage measures 100ft x 45ft, including wing space, with a section on a hydraulic lift for flexible space use
  • Professional sound and light booth; 29ft rear projection cinema screen
  • State of the Art rigging system for creative stage designs
  • Perfect for large meetings, announcements, or awards ceremonies

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Merchant Hall Specification Sheets

Gregory Family Theater

Gregory Family Theater


Black Box theater space with usable balcony

  • 4,400 square feet of open space
  • Standard theater set-up allows 242 (maximum; with an additional 50 seated in the balcony)
  • Seats 300 for dinner or holds 425 for standing reception
  • 1,800 square feet of additional space on balcony level which overlooks main floor
  • Unmatched acoustics and infinite lighting combinations
  • Expo set-up: 25 (6’ tables)
  • Perfect for meetings, training sessions, trade shows, receptions, and banquets

Gregory Family Theater Specification Sheets

Didlake Grand Foyer

Didlake Grand Foyer


Beautifully appointed, technically equipped and unlimited uses

  • 7,300 square feet of flexible space
  • 2 Story Foyer with second floor art gallery
  • Acoustically sound, built-in accent lighting and a two-story glass front for plenty of natural light
  • Expo set-up: 25 (6’ tables)
  • Seats 100 for catered seated and accommodates up to 500 for standing receptions

Didlake Grand Foyer Specification Sheet

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery


The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery on the second floor of the lobby serves as a focal point to showcase works by local and regional visual artists on a rotational basis and add yet another artistic element to the Didlake Grand Foyer. The Gallery space is available to rent for events and hold 150 for a cocktail hour or 100 for a sit down meal. The space also works as a training or meeting area for 80.

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery Specification Sheet

Lovey Hammel Lounge

This intimate space offers comfortable seating in a relaxed and quiet setting making it ideal for luncheons, meetings and presentations.

The Lovey Hammel Lounge is equipped with a built-in projector screen, bar area with sink and refrigerator and a private bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 50
  • Dining Setup/Seated Banquet (Maximum): 20
  • Standing Reception (Maximum): 50

Lovey Hammel Lounge Specification Sheets

Novant Health|UVA Health System Rehearsal Room 

The Novant Health|UVA Health System Rehearsal Room offers an excellent space for your group's rehearsals.

  • Room Dimensions: 37' x 30'
  • Orchestra rehearsal (Maximum): 65
  • Seated Banquet (Maximum): 80
  • Standing Reception: 125
  • Classroom: 32 (6’ tables)

Specification Sheet for Additional Spaces


Large Rehearsal Hall

This space hosts rehearsals, recitals, lectures, receptions, and small ensembles and is the precise floor size of the Merchant Hall stage, allowing for the staging of full-scale rehearsals. Includes:

  • Flexible seating and technical elements
  • Fully outfitted acoustic treatments
  • Sprung dance-floors

Ballard Postma Studio

This space is designed to host classes, lectures, rehearsals, and receptions and is the precise footprint of the Gregory Family Theater, allowing for the staging of full-scale rehearsals. Includes:

  • Flexible seating and technical elements
  • Fully outfitted acoustic treatments
  • Sprung dance-floors

Classroom 1 and Classroom 2

This space accommodates classroom learning, meetings, and small ensemble rehearsals.

Small Practice Rooms

  • Parr Family Practice Studio (A)
  • Koko H. Beetle Practice Studio (B)
  • Practice Studios E & F (One room is still available to be named!) 

These spaces are designed for private instruction and individual practice and feature a Steinway & Sons upright piano in each room.

Large Practice Rooms

  • Micron Practice Room (C)
  • Donald E. Coulter & Rosemary T. Enright Practice Room (D)

These rooms are designed as private teaching spaces, rehearsal spaces for small ensembles, and each features a Steinway & Sons baby grand piano.

The Waters Walk

The Waters Walk is the corridor gallery through the Education and Rehearsal Hall, and features artwork by local artist, David Labrozzi, inspired by John Coltrane and his masterwork “Giant Steps.”.

The Performing Arts for Kids Hub

The “PAK Hub” is a gathering space for students and artists as they practice and learn, situated in the center of the suite of practice rooms and studios.

Paul B. Ebert Performance Plaza

The Paul B. Ebert Performance Plaza is located outside along the tree line adjacent to the Hylton Center. This outdoor space is flexible and suited to intimate, casual performances and events.

Bennett, Atkinson, and Associates P.C. Foyer

The Bennett, Atkinson, and Associates P.C. Foyer is a new lobby entryway for students and artists to access the Education and Rehearsal Wing. Its large and open design is ideal for collaborative events.

James H. Ballard Jr. and Captain Curtis R. Ballard Vestibule

This space extends the existing Didlake Grand Foyer into the new Education and Rehearsal Hall, and is ideal for receptions and informal performances. The space features a commissioned art piece by American realist Nathan Loda, commemorating the Hylton Center’s Veterans and the Arts Initiative.

NOVEC Technical Booth

The NOVEC Technical Booth is situated in between the Large Rehearsal Hall and the Ballard Postma Studio, and operates both spaces.