Renting the PAC
The FMU Performing Arts Center (PAC) is available for performances, private functions, and corporate events. The PAC features several elegant spaces that can accommodate your special event. These spaces are perfect for:
- Wedding receptions
- Rehearsal dinners
- Other private/corporate events
The Mainstage Theater is the largest venue in the PAC, and can seat up to 849 patrons. The proscenium is 58 feet wide by 38 feet high. Equipped with an orchestra pit, orchestra shell, 45 line sets, and 73 feet of clearance height, this theater can accommodate a variety of professional productions, from solo performances to 80-person orchestra ensembles. The stage has a sprung floor and features a unique single-piece, automated orchestra shell enclosure.
The Black Box Theater provides a flexible space for a variety of performances. Retractable seats accommodate seating for 100. Although the Black Box is a more intimate space than the Mainstage, it features the same type of sprung floor, acoustical drapes, lighting equipment, and sound equipment. This space can also be used for receptions and other rental functions.
The BB&T Amphitheatre is located on the Palmetto Street side of the main building. With a 20 x 40 ft. covered stage, it features a semicircular outdoor seating area that can accommodate approximately 200 people while an upper area can accommodate approximately 300 people. This flexible green space is surrounded by beautiful magnolia trees.
With over 9,000 square feet of space, the PAC multi-level lobby can accommodate community and corporate events, as well as private functions. The horn shapes in the terrazzo marble floors and custom light fixtures are reminiscent of Dizzy Gillespie, a native of the region. The walls are made from the last Winnsboro blue granite pulled from the quarry before it was closed, and the insets are made from repurposed Georgia White Cherokee marble, remnants of veterans’ cemetery headstones that could not be used for their original purpose due to chips in the stone and misspellings of names.
A lovely curved terrace extends from the second floor balcony and provides a serene setting for mingling and quiet conversation before, during, and after events.
Beverly Hazelwood and Starr Ward Garden Courtyard
The Beverly Hazelwood and Starr Ward Garden Courtyard is located behind the Academic Wing. This flexible space is accessible from the lobby area as well as from exterior entrances. Beautiful landscaping, soft lighting and a water feature provides a relaxing setting for preshow and intermission gatherings, receptions, and small events.
You can make requests for spaces beginning on the first business day in May of the previous season. For example, anyone who wishes to rent the facility from July 2019 to June 2020 may make a request beginning May 1, 2019.
Before you contact us, please:
- Review our Rental Rates Information.
- Review our Scheduling and Usage Policies.
- Print out the Space Request Form and complete it. Be sure to include the date and time of your event include 1st and 2nd choices for dates, the venue(s) you are most interested in, and the details of the event.
- If your rental involves a performance, you will also need to complete a Ticketing Services Request Form.
Please mail your completed Space Request Form to:
FMU Performing Arts Center
201 South Dargan Street
Florence, SC 29506
You may also email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver it to the PAC Ticket Office.
Within 7 to 10 business days, a PAC employee will contact you and let you know if we can successfully accommodate your event. Once you are on the calendar, the PAC Director will contact you to assess your labor and technical needs and complete a cost estimate for your event. An Event Agreement will then be created.
An 80% deposit is due no later than two weeks before the event, and 25% of that deposit must be paid at the time the agreement is signed.
For additional information regarding venue production capabilities, see Production Information.