Special Events

Great performances are the hallmark of The Bushnell, where the performing arts have brought magic and inspiration for more than 84 years. The elegance and heritage of this historic hall, coupled with the state-of-the-art environment, makes The Bushnell a unique place for hosting weddings, business meetings, corporate entertaining, holiday parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, conferences, pre and post-show parties of all sizes and so much more.

The Bushnell is Hartford's center stage with easy access to both Interstate 84 and 91. We offer innovative event planning, audio-visual support, and in-house catering by Max's Catering.

From overture to encore, The Bushnell is committed to providing unmatched service. The Bushnell has a professional staff ready to help you produce a command performance.

Let us set the stage for your next event. The team at The Bushnell delivers memorable, inspiring and unique events. To start planning, click here to contact us or call 860-987-6044.

Click here to see a wedding at The Bushnell featured on The Knot!


When catering meets culture the result is certain to be a masterpiece. Max Catering, The Bushnell’s exclusive caterer and an extension of Connecticut’s Premier Restaurant Group, provides exceptional cuisine and uncompromising service. Whether you’re coordinating a casual business luncheon, a dramatic black tie affair or anything in between, Max Catering will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your event is truly unforgettable.

For a full range of menus and information, please visit, www.maxcateringandevents.com, or call 860.566.8364.

Explore Our Spaces

The William H. Mortensen Hall

William H. Mortensen Hall

Our striking art-deco, state-of-the-art theater showcases everything from Broadway, symphony and rock, to onstage weddings, receptions and corporate presentations. (2,799 seats)

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The Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater

Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater

Intimate, modern and luxurious, with a stunning ceiling mural. The perfect venue for intimate theatrical and dance performances, private receptions, annual meetings, corporate events, movie premieres and community gatherings. (908 seats)

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The Autorino Great Hall

Autorino Great Hall

A dramatic space, completely enclosed in glass with a veranda overlooking the courtyard. The gable-vaulted ceiling provides the backdrop to artist Dale Chihuly’s “Ode to Joy” glass sculpture.

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The Seaverns Room

Seaverns Room

Return to traditional elegance and gracious entertaining with a chamber stage and outdoor terrace, lovely chandeliers and beautiful hand-carved woodwork walls.

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Horace Bushnell Suite

Horace Bushnell Suite

Overlooking the Autorino Great Hall with a close up view of Dale Chihuly’s “Ode to Joy,” the Suite is designed as a refined retreat for hosting an event.

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Hillyer Suite

A few steps away from both theaters, this space is the ideal setting for pre-show entertaining, corporate meetings or a bridal suite.

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Mortensen Lobbies

Mortensen Lobbies

The Gray Lobby and Coffin Grand Foyer feature black and white marble floors and limestone walls. The Promenade Gallery displays local art exhibits throughout the season. Perfect for cocktail receptions, luncheons, dinners and more.

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Belding Lobby Level Three

Belding Theater Lobby

Overlooking the grand staircase and courtyard, this open space is perfect for a cocktail reception.

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The Building Exterior

Around The Bushnell Building

The Bushnell’s original Georgian Revival exterior blends into the brightly lit, contemporary glass façade of our 2001 expansion, creating a single entity that celebrates the past, present and future.

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We knew that the Bushnell would be a special venue after you gave us our tour last year but it, and you, surpassed our expectations. We had a high comfort level with you right from the start and appreciated the timeliness of your e-mail replies. Thank you for ensuring that we had everything we wanted and suggesting things that we hadn't even thought of, such as the posters and pictures on the stairs and stage.

I can't tell you how many of our guests commented on how nice the Seaverns and Autorino rooms are. Also, you and your team expertly managed the unexpected early arrival of some of our guests due to our ceremony running much shorter than we thought.

It was a perfect day. Thank you for your contribution.

-Rich & Katharine Picone
“Thank you for all you did to make this year’s Black & Red such a successful and memorable event. Our team can’t do what we do without people like you! You’re the best! I admire your hard work and creativity. You always go above and beyond for us.”
-Hartford Hospital Black & Red Gala, 1.25.14

“I couldn’t have asked for a better night! The decorations, the lights, the food, and the productions were all outstanding! People were amazed and I think the way the night progressed kept everyone’s attention! It was planned perfectly.”

-Stacey Weinstein – Carly’s Bat Mitzvah 10.26.13

“Thank you for making our day so incredible. Everything was perfect and you went above and beyond in all aspects.”

-Nicole and Danny Baldino – Wedding Reception, 6.29.13

“I had a wonderful experience having my wedding at The Bushnell. The space is beautiful, the people go way above and beyond to make everything run perfectly, and the food is amazing. I received so many compliments from the guests.”

-Jessica Maas, Wedding Channel Website Review, Wedding Reception 9.1.14

“For exclusive premiere venues in CT there’s not a list because The Bushnell stands alone in a class far beyond excellence.”

-Wedding Channel Website Review