The Auburn Community

Gather to celebrate, learn, grow & have fun

Auburn Public Theater is proud to be a truly public space where all members of our community can gather to celebrate, learn, grow & have fun. We provide a vessel that the community fills with their own events, classes, film screenings & more. We partner with 40+ organizations & schools every year. Our space is also available for rent for birthday parties, weddings, family celebrations, fitness classes & more. Learn more about all the ways our space is available below.

Upcoming Community Events at APT

A group of Auburn community members meeting at Auburn Public Theater

We’re Back! Tuesday Open Mic Nite: Every Tuesday starting September 14 2021 at 7:30pm, join us at Stage Right to share your talents & cheer on your neighbors. Only $2 at the door with concessions for sale. Musicians, comedians and spoken word artists welcome. Full instrument back line available. 


Studio Fitness Classes

Kizzy Mitchell & Jasmine Freeman

Au-mazing Inclusive Dance with Christina Warter

Christina Warter, owner of Inclusive Sensory Center Soul and Mind Evolution (S.A.M.E.), offers programming that is sensitive to individuals affected by Autism, Sensory Integrated Disfunction Disorder, and other developmental delays. This in-person dance class’s mission is to support people of all abilities as they move joyfully. For more information visit the S.A.M.E. website:

Laura Coburn

Yoga with Laura Coburn

Laura is an Infinite Light Yoga Teacher and a certified Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Alliance (E-RYT), the Director of Serenity for the Inns of Aurora & is a member of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. For class schedule & more info visit her website: 

Weddings, Showers & Special Events

If you’re looking for a unique and uniquely situated venue for your next special event, look no further. We boast a 199-seat Main Stage that is the perfect space to host your wedding ceremony. Every single seat in the house is a great one, because the seating is raked so everyone can see! Across the hall is Stage Right, which comfortably seats up to 75 guests. Our 65-seat Cinema is the perfect space where you can run home movies/photos on a continuous loop throughout your event. For wedding party members, we also have two dressing rooms available directly off our Main Stage, each equipped with its own bathroom/shower and makeup lights and mirrors.

Wedding rental price $2500 + $250 for cash bar staffing (if alcohol service is desired, if not $2500 flat fee)  this price includes exclusive use of our entire facility and all day access the day-of your event.

Click HERE to download PDF with more information on wedding rentals.

Wedding rentals available for select dates May – September 2020. Contact Janie Micglire at 315-253-6669 or for availability.

Happy couple married at Auburn Public Theater

Regular Rentals

Stage a show, screen a film or throw a party!

Auburn Public Theater offers a versatile, affordable venue in the heart of downtown Auburn, New York for rentals ranging from a few hours to several days or weeks. Space rental and staff services at Auburn Public Theater can help assure an enjoyable, successful experience for your group. We’ll be glad to help you plan for the specific requirements of your artistic, social, civic or business event. 

Our rental experience ranges from middle school gatherings to fine dining events, book tours to charitable benefits, rap contests to stage premieres. Our staff is available to assist with such services as: 

  • Technical services – lighting, sound, computer, backstage
  • Concessions and facilities upkeep
  • Bar service (cash bar wine/beer)
  • Listing in community section of our website, upon request. Listing in “This Week” section of APT’s Event newsletter as a Community event, as a courtesy as well. 

The building is air-conditioned, with spacious restrooms and full wheelchair accessibility.

Nearby are inviting restaurants from tavern to café to fine dining. Area hotels offer convenient lodging in downtown Auburn and Skaneateles. Parking is plentiful, just steps away on Genesee Street and in the municipal garage directly behind the theater. 

Rental for each space outlined below is $125/hour, including technical services.

Please contact Janie Micglire for scheduling and details at 315 – 253 – 6669 or  

Auburn Public Theater Main Stage

Main Stage

Raised stage, professional lighting & sound, tiered 199-seat proscenium style theater. ($125/hr)

Auburn Public Theater Cinema


65 seats, high-definition digital projection (great for powerpoints, business presentations, & streaming), 7.1-Channel Surround Sound, concession counter. Also available for children’s birthday parties.* ($125/hr)

*children’s cinema birthday parties special discounted rate of $150 for 2 hrs.

Auburn Public Theater Stage Right

Stage Right

Bistro seating for up to 75 people, raised stage with lighting and sound, bar service (wine & beer), catering facilities. ($125/hr)

Community Partners

We are proud to have partnered with the following organizations in a variety of ways: events, fundraisers, workshops, youth educational programs, volunteer programs/job training for at-risk communities & more

Auburn community members having fun


Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

Auburn Downtown Partnership (BID)

Auburn Enlarged School District

Auburn High School Drama Club

Auburn Regional Media Access (ARMA)

Booker T. Washington Community Center

Calvary Food Pantry

Carol Baldwin Cancer Foundation

Cayuga Community College

Cayuga County Department of Social Services

Cayuga Seneca ARC

Cayuga-Onondaga Boces

Celebrate! Diverse Auburn

East Hill Family Medical Amazing Race

Equal Rights Heritage Center

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (MGR)

Grace House

Heroin Epidemic Awareness League (HEAL)

Hillside Children’s Center


Literacy Volunteers


Owasco Watershed Association (OWLA)

Partnership for Results

Perform for Purpose

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

Seward House Museum

Seymour Library

Skaneateles Early Childhood Center

Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce

Skaneateles Dickens Festival

SPCA of Auburn

The Auburn Citizen

The Auburn Doubledays

The Auburn Players Community Theatre

The Blue Print ll Group

The Cayuga Museum

The City of Auburn

The Finger Lakes Arts Council

The Gavras Center

The Harriet Tubman Center for Peace and Justice

The Holiday Inn

The New York Institute of Dance Education

The Red Cross of Cayuga County

The United Way

TomatoFest of CNY

Tyburn Academy

Unity House

Weedsport Central Schools Music Program

Westminster Nursery School

Willard Chapel

WRVO Public Media