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The Adam E. Max Gathering Space (BAMcafé)


The Adam E. Max Gathering Space (BAMcafé), BAM's flexible open plan space, has a history rich in BAM milestones.

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The Adam E. Max Gathering Space (BAMcafé) is only available for rental in conjunction with a rental of the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House or BAM Rose Cinemas. As the situation changes, we will update this page.

First designed as a ballroom, then recast as a theater for groundbreaking work, The Adam E. Max Gathering Space took its current design in 1997 as BAM's flexible public living room, a dazzling open-plan hall housing BAMcafé. Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates oversaw the renovation, preserving the spaciousness of the original ballroom with vaulted red arches lined with silver-tipped light bulbs. This dramatic space makes a stylish setting for receptions, meetings, and parties.

Key rental points

  • - Capacity (dependent on room set-up):
    • - Seated dinner with full dance floor: 170
    • - Full seated dinner: 250
    • - Cleared room reception: 350
  • - Room dimensions: 117'4" long x 42'0" deep (width of arches 30'6")
  • - Hardwood oak floor, perfect for dancing
  • - Five floor-to-ceiling windows
  • - In-house atmospheric lighting with several room pre-sets
  • - Sound system with mixing console, DJ equipment, or band set-up
  • - In house inventory of café, lounge, and bar furniture (available upon request)
  • - Piano, drum kit, lectern, podium, and platforming (available upon request)
  • - 2 Projection screens and projectors (available upon request)
  • - Onsite kitchen and exclusive In house caterer, Great Performances

Please inquire for rental rates and further information.

Recent Past Renters

  • - Amazon
  • - AppleTV+
  • - Batsheva Gala
  • - HBO
  • - Netflix
  • - Refinery 29
  • - Saatchi & Saatchi
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