Rental FAQs

Space Rental FAQ: 

How much does it cost?

For public events we use a ticket revenue split system. For private events we charge a fixed rate, which varies depending on the day of the week and the month of the year. Events run by non-profit groups do get a discount.

What does the rental rate include?

The rate includes: use of the space, use of our plastic folding chairs, use of our (very few!) tables, use of our sound/light/video systems, an event tech to run sound/light/video on the day, bar staff, and an event manager to coordinate everything on the facilities side.

What is your policy on drinks at events?

Drinks need to be bought through us and are not included in the rental rate. (We can run an open bar, cash bar, or any combination. Open bar is charged on actual consumption plus a gratuity.) Please note that the Armory only has a beer & wine license. We cannot do a full liquor service. Events cannot bring in their own alcohol.

What is your policy on food?

You can bring in any professionally prepared food (from a caterer, restaurant, supermarket, deli etc. – but nothing homemade). There’s no fee or restricted list of caterers, but we would need to talk to your caterer in advance to make sure they can work within the constraints of the venue.

For public events, please note that a food permit is required by the City of Somerville.

What’s not included in the rental?

You would be responsible for catering, table or other equipment rentals, linens, glassware/silverware/plates (the bar serves in plastic cups otherwise), and any decorations.

How late can an event go?

Based on zoning and liscencing from the city of Somerville events must end by 9:30pm Sunday thru Wednesday and 10:30pm Thursday thru Saturday, with the public out a half hour after.

What are my parking options?

For parking, we have 44 spaces (including two handicapped spaces) directly behind our building. We also have two overflow lots a few blocks away (112 Central St and 75 Belmont St).

Do you have a sound system?

Yes the Performance Hall does have a professional grade sound system, along with stage lights, projector and screen, mics with stands and sound cables. We also have a small PA system that can be employed in any performance in the Cafe and Mezzanine. If you require more in-depth information we would be glad to put you in touch with our Tech Director. Please note we do not have wireless mics, but we can obtain them for an extra fee.

Where to get more details? 

Contact spacerentals@artsatthearmory.org — it will help us to know whether the event is free or ticketed, public or private, a charity fundraiser or for-profit, weekend or weekday, month of the year, daytime or evening, size of event (i.e., Hall, Mezz, or Cafe), etc.  If you know any of those details already, please include it so we can give you a better answer.

Other things to be aware of:

Due to our location in a residential area we need to be careful about noise levels, both during the event and when people are exiting the building.