• Ballroom

Make it a special occasion

Imagine your wedding day surrounded by historic beauty, or your next corporate meeting using the big screen. The Civic Center auditorium and ballroom are available for rent for concerts, live theatre, film screenings, meetings, weddings and receptions, and other special events. The historic theatre building fronts Main Street in charming uptown Lexington and is an easy walk to several restaurants and unique retail shops.

The Civic Center’s facilities include an 1,100-seat auditorium and lobby, and a ballroom with capacity for up to 150. Rental rates vary depending upon the day and time of the event, staging and setup requirements, and front-of-house considerations. With a nearly full schedule every month, we highly recommend that you contact us to discuss your rental needs as you begin considering dates for your event. Find additional details below.


classic theatre-style seating


700 seats

400 seats


flexible space to host your reception or meeting


formal space for up to 150 guests


catering needs


full kitchen with serving window to suit your catering needs


get ready for your close-up


4 backstage dressing rooms

2 bathrooms w/ showers

Special event rentals

Interested in renting the Civic Center for your next event? Contact info@smithciviccenter.org to discuss date availability and a detailed estimate.
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Rental Rates

Rental rates vary depending upon the specifics of each event (day of the week, time of day, equipment & labor, space used, and more). When you contact us, we’ll talk with you to determine each of these things and provide you with a price. Our calendar books up quickly, so it’s important that you call us as soon as you have a date in mind.

Auditorium rentals start at $1100 per day (minimum 8-hour rental required).

Ballroom rentals start at $385 per weekday, $660 per weekend day.*

*Auditorium rentals take precedence over the availability of the ballroom. If the auditorium is occupied, then the ballroom is unavailable for a separate event.  (Quote 2020)

What Clients Say

BRAVO!! BRAVO!! Standing ovation and loud applause to all of you! We cannot thank you enough for the courteousness, patience, helpfulness and professionalism shown to us.
Raeann Beisecker, The Charity League of Lexington
We really enjoyed working with you on the Take a Seat project. Thanks for helping to make it a fun and successful event for the Workshop.
Mike Foster, The Workshop of Davidson
Thank you so much for allowing us to use your beautiful facility for our United Way Benefactor’s reception. We appreciate all you did to help make our event so successful!