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The Franklin B. Mann VIP Lounge

The Franklin B. Mann VIP Lounge is located directly off the lobby on the Orchestra level. It features a private bar, restrooms and is completely handicapped accessible.

The VIP Lounge can accommodate 50-70 people, which makes it an ideal location for pre-show receptions, intermission retreats, and after-show cocktails.

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The Grand Lobby

The Grand Lobby is the perfect location for weddings, wedding receptions, and holiday parties; and can accommodate up to 300 people for live music and dancing. The Lobby features an open center staircase, full-service concession areas and elevated ceilings with skylights that look out to beautiful tropical gardens and provide plenty of ambiance for you and your guests.

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The Theater

The 1871-seat Theatre features an Orchestra, Mezzanine and Balcony levels with a full proscenium stage; state-of-the-art Line Array Sound System, Follow Spots and full Backstage Setup (which includes dressing rooms, a green room, and wardrobe room). These features enable us to host a variety of events; from corporate events and trade shows to Broadway performances and concerts.

For more information, please view the Reception FAQs below or contact Karen Hutto, Director of Operations at [email protected].

Reception FAQs

How much does it cost to rent the lobby for my event?

The cost of the rental depends on the type of reception/event you are having, the number of guests you will be entertaining, and the amount of time you will be renting.

What is the capacity of the lobby?

The lobby is divided into four open sections. For a seated dinner, the lobby can hold up to 120 guests. For a cocktail reception or stand up event, it can comfortably hold about 300 guests. Capacity depends on your table set up and other logistical needs.

Do I have to use Barbara B. Mann’s preferred caterer?

You are free to use any caterer, bakery or restaurant you choose as long as they are licensed and insured. Food prepared in a private home or a non-licensed and insured facility is prohibited. Our event manager is happy to suggest caterers for you and can speak one-on-one with your caterer regarding specifics.

Do you have a catering kitchen?

The Hall does not have kitchen availability. Your caterer must come “self-contained” and must clear all equipment and food out of the Hall by the end of your event.

Do you have tables and chairs that I can rent?

Barbara B. Mann has a limited number of tables, chairs and linens that can be used for your event. You will need to speak with our event manager regarding specific needs and additional rentals.

Can I bring in my own beverages?

No outside beverages are permitted, including caterers and vendors, within the facility. Barbara B. Mann Hall offers a wide variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic options.

Can Barbara B. Mann provide bar service?

Yes, we provide a variety of bar pricing options and employ bartenders that can be dedicated to your event.

Does the Hall have specific décor guidelines?

Yes, please note the following policies regarding décor rules and regulations:

  1. Open flames or fireworks (including sparklers) are strictly prohibited on the property.
  2. The use of Sterno is permitted for chafing dishes.
  3. Helium balloons are prohibited within the Hall unless tethered to a fixed object. If balloons are released into the ceiling areas, an additional fee will be charged for removal.
  4. Furniture and plants within the lobby are not to be moved without the permission of the event manager.
  5. Décor diagrams and equipment for Proms and events need to be submitted to the event manager 14 days prior to your event for approval.
  6. Decorations or other items are not to be affixed to the Hall without prior approval of the event manager. The use of tape, tacks, staples or nails of any kind is not allowed on any painted, wood, or metal surface. Use of adhesive putty is permitted.
  7. Confetti is not permitted.
  8. All décor and equipment brought in for your event is to be removed the night of your event unless prior arrangements are made with your event manager. Barbara B. Mann Hall is not responsible for any items left in the Hall after your event.
  9. The Hall does not provide ladders for set up and break down.
  10. Any outside rental or floral deliveries must be coordinated with the event manager. Specifics not addressed above regarding décor requests can be discussed with our event manager