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DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre was built in 1910 as the Blackstone Theatre. Owned and operated by The Theatre School at DePaul University, the theatre is home to Chicago Playworks, The Theatre School Showcase, and DePaul Opera Theatre of the School of Music. We share the space with others when possible.

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Performance
Disciplines Dance, Music, Theatre
Restrictions On Use Alcohol, food, drink are not allowed in the public spaces. All catering must be ordered from Chartwells at DePaul University. Receptions are generally not possible because there is no space large enough to accommodate more than 50 people.


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Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book

To inquire about availabillty, please submit a request via: All requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of your desired date.

Hours Of Operation The theatre is generally booked with our own performances throughout the school year. Please give us plenty of time to consider your request. It takes a month or two to generate an agreement.
Rental Policy We require a meeting with prospective renters which includes a tour of the theatre space. At the end of the meeting, we give you an estimate of costs, if the rental is possible. Estimates will include 4-wall rental rates, equipment rates and personnel rates. Please bring the organization's mission statement and event description to the meeting.
Cancellation Policy Per license agreement.
Open to last minute space requests. -
Booking Requirements Deposit, On site meeting, Proof of liability insurance required, Lease agreement
Rental Personnel On site manager, Security, Rates include some or all equipment
Performance Personnel Stage hands, Box office staff, Sound technician, Light technician, Technical director, Ushers
Payment Types Check, Payment plan
Options -
Other Allowed Activities Percussive footwear, Street shoes, Rosin use, Live percussion, Amplified music

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions 3128.0 sqft
Space Features Air-conditioned, Heated, Grid, Wings/backstage space, Fly space/theatrical rigging, Orchestra pit, Stage curtains
Technology -
Flooring Nonsprung wood, Trapped triscuit floor covered with masonite
Stage Configuration Proscenium
Stage Dimensions 37 ft x 46 ft
Seating capacity 1325
Seating Fixed, Raked, Multi level

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Incandescent, Light board, Lighting instruments
Furniture Chairs, Podium, Tables
Amenities Dressing rooms, Shower, Green room, Private restroom
Instruments and Accessories Rehearsal piano, Music stands
Audio Equipment Sound system, PA system, Microphone, MP3/auxiliary input
Video/Film Equipment Digital projector, Projection screen
Studio Arts/Maker Equipment -

Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Street parking, Paid garage/lot parking, Loading dock
Accessibility Lobby and house, Patron restrooms, Infrared system/assistive listening, Backstage restroom, Backstage, Stage
Audience Services Restrooms, Box office, Lobby
Miscellaneous We have a shared alley at the location of our loading dock, not at grade level. The alley is shared by the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, Columbia College Chicago and the Spertus Institute. Only the main floor is wheelchair accessible with a restroom at grade.

Rates EditEdit Rates

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This space was last updated on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 4:10PM