Rent the Main Auditorium – Independence Park Theatre


Seating 786, Independence Park Theatre is ideally suited to accommodate musicals, ballet, concerts, plays, meetings, lectures, and films – virtually any popular entertainment event.
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Our largest space, the Main Auditorium, features raised seating on the main floor and balcony. The theatre is segmented into the orchestra and balcony levels. Restrooms and concessions are located in the lobby. For questions about any of the rental terms, please call (225)216-0660 or send an e-mail to
If you are interested in renting this facility, click here to download the Independence Park Theatre’s Usage and Rental Application.


Commercial Rates:
  • $950.00 per 4-hour period
  • $1,350.00 per 8-hour period
  • $150.00 for each additional hour
Non-Profit Rates:
  • $750.00 per 4-hour period
  • $950.00 per 8-hour period
  • $150.00 for each additional hour
  • A $250.00 nonrefundable application fee will be due when submitting the completed rental application. The application fee will be applied to the invoice as a security deposit should the rental move forward.
  • The first payment is due 90 days prior to the event and will be equal to half of the invoice total.
  • The remainder of the invoice is due 30 days prior to the event.
  • A $500.00 Damage Deposit is due one month before the event date.

Proof of a $1 million Comprehensive General Liability / Personal Injury Liability insurance policy must be provided by the requested due date that will be provided in the contract agreement. LICENSEE’s insurance policy shall be endorsed to designate “BREC, Independence Park Theatre, Commissioners of Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission, the Parish of East Baton Rouge, and their employees, officers, directors, and volunteers. Also, Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission’s employees, officers, directors, and volunteers.” as an additional insured on LICENSEE’s policy.

Staff Fees

Please note that BREC Independence Park Theatre and Cultural Center uses its own contract labor for the staffing needs associated with any event at our facility. We also hold the right to staff according to the needs we see necessary to efficiently operate the event based on the information provided in this request. Charges will be assessed for services according to rates set by Independence Park Theatre and Cultural Center. These charges include but are not limited to, facility rental, equipment rental, staffing/labor charges, and security charges. All staffing labor is charged at a four-hour minimum and will be scheduled on a need basis as outlined in the contract.

The rates listed are hourly rates. The minimum scheduled hours for any one day are four (4) hours. Each show call is four (4) hours long. If there are multiple performances in a day, each show is a four (4) hour shift. Overtime is time and a half and will be in effect after eight (8) hours in a day and on major holidays. A 15-minute break will be given every two and a half (2.5) hours. A paid thirty (30) minute break will be given every five (5) hours.

Required positions for all rentals:

Stage Manager                                            $48.00

Audio Engineer                                            $48.00

Lighting Board Programmer                        $48.00

House Manager                                           $35.00

House Attendants                                        $30.00

Security                                                        $20.00

Not required but may be added if needed or at the renter’s request:

Follow Spot Standard                                  $43.00

Stagehand                                                    $40.00

Audio/Visual Assistant                                 $35.00

Equipment and Event Fees
  • Usage Fee (general equipment) = $75.00 per booked event
  • Custodial Fee = $75.00 daily per booked event
  • Podium = $25.00
  • Projector and screen = $275.00
  • Hanging Banner/Backdrop = $160.00
  • Lavaliere Microphone = $100.00
  • Wireless Microphone (1 included w/ rental) = $50.00
  • Corded Microphone = $20.00
  • PCC/Choral Microphone = $60.00
  • Piano = $150.00
  • Spotlight = $50.00

BREC’s Independence Park Theatre requires all ticketed events to be sold using BREC’s Independence Park Theatre’s ticketing system. If you are interested in using BREC’s Independence Park Theatre’s ticketing service, please let us know.


Copies of all publicity must be provided to the Theatre Managing Director before being released.

Camera/video Usage must be approved by the Theatre Managing Director.

  • Non-profit rates require proof of non-profit status
  • Non-smoking facility
  • No alcohol or drugs on premises without Theatre Manager’s approval
  • No outside catering/concessions unless approved by Theatre Managing Director
  • No food or drink is allowed backstage
  • No strollers or other aisle obstructions are allowed inside the auditorium
  • Nothing to be hung on walls, doors, etc.
  • Wireless Internet Access (Upon request – a 14-day notice required)