Turner Hall is regularly booked on weekends for weddings, plays, concerts and many other types of special events. The rental cost of the Hall has intentionally been kept low, to make it easily accessible to the citizens of Galena. Unfortunately, the high cost of maintaining the Hall has meant that it never supports itself through rental income alone, and continues to need significant financial support from the City of Galena. In 2002, air-conditioning was installed in the Hall.
Turner Hall has always been an important part of Galena, and we hope it will continue to figure in the lives of citizens of Galena and surrounding areas for many years to come.
Here is some information that will help you determine if Turner Hall is the right place to hold your event.
The main area of Turner Hall is a large room with a stage at one end and a balcony (with 335 built-in seats) on the other end. As the Hall is a multi-use facility, the main floor does not have built in seating. To help keep the rental rates down, Turner Hall is do-it-yourself when it comes to setting up tables and chairs. We have them and they are included in the rental of the Hall, but you are required to set them up before your event and put them away after your event. You are free to decorate the Hall, without leaving any permanent marks, of course, but must take down and dispose of those decorations at the end of your event. We have a custodian who cleans the Hall, so you don’t need to do any of that type of preparation, but when your event is over you do need to sweep up any mess on the floors (confetti, flower petals), wipe up any spills (champagne, juice), remove anything you brought in (cans of pop, boxes) and take the trash out to the dumpster in the parking lot. Renters are responsible for any damage they or their guests/audience do to the Hall during their rental period.
As the date of your event approaches, you will set up a time to meet with the manager of the Hall. At this meeting, the manager will give you a detailed tour of the Hall, answering any questions you may have. At this time you will be given a key to the Hall and may come and go for the duration of your rental period. Naturally, the key must be returned at the end of the rental period.
Alcohol is permitted in the Hall, but groups and individuals are required to provide dram insurance that names the City of Galena as co-insured. The cost of the dram insurance varies but tends to run between $100 and $200 for a large wedding reception. You may purchase this insurance through any insurance company you like.
If you are interested in presenting a music, dance or dramatic performance in the Hall, be sure to check out the stage dimensions and the information about our theatrical lighting system.
Finally, if you are ready to book the Hall, take a look at our rental contract and then call or email your booking request. You will be sent a contract filled out with the information about your event which you will have to sign and return with your payment.
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