Inside the Emerson

Crawford Theater

With 727 seats, the historic Crawford Theater is the perfect venue for concerts, large meetings, theater productions, slide shows, film screenings, and much more. While renovated for modern theatrical and film productions including Dolby surround technology, the theater retains its early 20th-century splendor: a balcony that seats 246 patrons; ornamental cinnamon red and white trim that frames the stage; and the grand, leaded house lights with antique white glass, all add a charming ambiance to the venue.

To ensure a seamless production, additional amenities and assistance are available, such as adjoining rooms including a greenroom, bathroom, and storage; an experienced audio and light technician.

To schedule a tour, email our Director of Operations or call (406) 587-9797, x. 101.

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Space Details


  • 481 Main Floor
  • 246 Balcony
  • 727 Total

Theater Floor Plan

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Rental Rates & Fees

(All rates subject to change)


  • Performance/Concert - $1,500.00 + $1.00/ticket sold

  • Dance/Theater - $700.00
  • Film - $500.00 + $1.00/ticket sold
  • Lecture - $320.00
  • Rehearsal - $275.00


  • Performance/Concert - $880.00 + $1.00/ticket sold
 may apply
  • Dance/Theater - $600.00
Film - $375.00 + $1.00/ticket sold may apply
  • Lecture - $220.00
Rehearsal - $210.00

To receive a non-profit rate, the non-profit must furnish a copy of the organization's 501(c)3 letter. Failure to furnish the 501(c)3 letter will result in being charged the General rate for the event. The non-profit must recognize the Emerson as a sponsor in their marketing materials. The Emerson may request proof of this acknowledgment.

Cleaning Fee:

A $100.00 cleaning fee will be added to the rental cost. 

Alcohol Policy:

  • Absolutely no alcohol served to those under the age of 21.
  • Absolutely NO outside alcohol is allowed in the Emerson. If you would like beer and wine service at your event, you MUST contract that service with Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture.

Seating Information:

  • When selling General Admission tickets, "Balcony Tickets" and "Main Floor Tickets" must be designated.
  • Attendees must wear wristbands denoting "Balcony" and "Main Floor" seating.
  • Please note, General Admission attendees are not mandated to remain in their seats. However, during Seated Shows, attendees must remain at their ticketed/purchased seats.


  • Rocky Mountain Security guards are required for specific events.
  • Check with the Emerson regarding security requirements for your event.
  • Please note, Rocky Mountain Security requires 72-hour notice before any event.
  • Emerson staff will contact Rocky Mountain Security and schedule them for your event.

Smoke-Free Campus:

The Emerson is an entirely smoke-free campus, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, tobacco carrying products, e-cigarettes, hookahs, bongs, etc.

Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire Emerson property, including ALL interior (hallways, stairways, lobbies, tenant studios, public rental spaces, galleries, restrooms, etc.) and ALL exterior spaces (lawn, parking lot, sidewalks, foyers, front steps, exterior landings, entrance ways, etc.)


Firearms are not permitted on the Emerson premises.

Cancellation Policy:

REFUND: A 75% deposit is required at the time the contract is signed. The deposit will be refunded if the event is canceled ten working days prior to the event.

  • The Emerson will retain a $100.00 administration fee for all canceled contracts.
  • The deposit is non-refundable if the cancellation is made less than ten working days before the event.

Contact Director of Operations by email or call (406) 587-9797, ext. 101 for booking availability.

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