Your guests can dine and drink…laugh and cry…be entertained…and get inspired – all under one roof!
Select the setting that works best for you.
Pre- or Post-Theater Dinners and Receptions
Consider enhancing your next special event at the Mead Center with a group ticket purchase to a current Arena Stage production. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Learn more
The Molly Smith Study
200 seated dinner
The Molly Smith Study houses our extensive theatrical library, featuring materials dedicated to the development and study of American theater. Tucked between the glass curtain wall and the exterior of the fully-restored, historic Fichandler Stage, the Study is perfect for seated dinners, receptions, meetings and more.
Bank of America Lower Lobby
70 seated dinner
The adjacent, semi-private Bank of America Lower Lobby leads into the Molly Smith Study and is ideal for intimate networking events and cocktail receptions. It’s a fitting location for a reception prior to dining in the Study, or can be used in conjunction with the Study to increase standing capacity to 350.
The Grand Lobby
280 seated dinner
Surrounded by the historic exteriors of the Fichandler Stage and Kreeger Theater, and accented by the modern architectural elements of the Kogod Cradle, the Grand Lobby is the heart of the Mead Center. The built-in bar, custom-designed carpet and stunning views make it one of the most sought after event spaces in Washington, DC. This flexible space functions as the shared lobby for our three theaters. On dates without performances, however, it’s a grand setting for an elaborate seated dinner, festive cocktail party or fundraising gala.
260 seated dinner
Perched atop the Kreeger Theater, the Catwalk Café is an eclectic alternative to traditional banquet and reception halls. The space features a private bar, contemporary rock garden and elegant poured concrete architectural elements.
200 seated dinner
In suitable weather, the adjacent open-air Terrace is the most desirable location in the Mead Center. Completely covered by one of the largest cantilevered roofs in the world, the Terrace offers breathtaking views of the Southwest Waterfront and the Washington Monument, and can be combined with the Café to accommodate standing receptions for up to 600 guests.
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Danielle Esposti, Special Events Manager
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