Rental Information

The Isabel Bader Theatre is a beautiful proscenium arch theatre located in the heart of downtown Toronto. With just under 500 seats, this venue is excellent for a wide range of events; from lectures and conferences to concerts and award ceremonies.

Our main lobby area can hold standing receptions of up to 150 people, with an outdoor patio space available if weather permits. Victoria University's Food Services Department handles all catering orders and provides a wonderful selection of food options to suit any event.

Please note the Isabel Bader Theatre does not operate a box office. All tickets for events at the theatre must be purchased via each individual event organizer.

Bader at night

auditorium interior



During the academic year, the Isabel Bader Theatre is available for rental only after 4pm, Monday - Friday (and 6pm on Wednesdays), as it is used as a lecture hall for academic courses. 

Monday - Thursday
 - $1,450 plus HST

Friday - Sunday - $1,850 plus HST

This base rental rate includes use of the theatre along with use of our in-house base technical gear. Any additional requirements should be noted on your application form.

Your rental request should include ample set up and tear down time as the space will not be set up until the start of your rental period.

In addition to the base rental rate there are staffing charges associated with each rental that will be determined by your coordinator based on the scope of your event:

IATSE Technician*
- $48 per hour plus HST, up to 8 hours
(Premium Charges for +8 hours)

Other IATSE Charges:

Broadcast Premium - If you are taping, live streaming or recording your event you will be charged a broadcast premium of 0.5x the prevailing rate of pay per technician. This fee is charged for the entire rental, not just the taped portion.

Meal Charge - For every five (5) hours of work for each technician you will be charged a $22 plus HST meal charge to cover a meal break. If your schedule allows for a complete shut down of the facility for a meal break you will not be charged this fee. In all other cases you will be charged for this meal break.

*We require a minimum of one (1) technician at each event. More may be required depending upon your technical requirements. The number of required technicians is determined at the discretion of the Isabel Bader Theatre Coordinator & ESM Management. As an IATSE union hall we must adhere to all union policies and regulations.

FRONT OF HOUSE (Ushering) Staff** - $30 per hour plus HST per staff member

**We require a minimum of five (5) FOH staff members for any events using both the Orchestra & Balcony levels of the venue. If your organization will require use of ONLY the orchestra level the number of required FOH staff members is determined at the discretion of the Isabel Bader Theatre Coordinator.



Any receptions in our facility MUST be handled through Victoria University's Food Services Department. Please review the Catering Menu if you would like to have a reception at your event. Be sure to mention this in your rental application as it will affect the pricing of your event.Our main lobby can hold up to 150 people for a standing reception on the Orchestra Level. If you would like to book a Pre or Post Show Reception for more, we do have some additional spaces on campus that are fantastic. Additional room rental charges will apply. Please contact the Isabel Bader Theatre Coordinator for more information.


The Isabel Bader Theatre requires that all clients provide proof of at least $2 million limited liability insurance listing the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West) as an additional insured on your event day. This requirement is standard for rental events & venues. You may use any insurance provider you'd like, or we can recommend one. Please contact the Isabel Bader Theatre Coordinator for more information. For further inquiries please contact Ms. Julia Culpeper at

Please fill out and fax your completed Rental Application Form to 416-813-4077. Attention: Ms. Julia Culpeper

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