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The Jefferson Theater is a unique wedding venue located in the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Established in 1912, it was originally a live performance theater showing silent movies, vaudeville acts, and famous performers including Harry Houdini and the Three Stooges. After a comprehensive restoration that maintained its period architecture while adding modern facilities, it was reopened in 2009. Now featuring two full-service bars, a restored balcony, and new restrooms and central heating systems, it makes a charming and distinctive wedding location.

Facilities and Capacity

The Jefferson Theater can accommodate anywhere from 150 to 600 guests, depending on the nature of your event. It can host both ceremonies and receptions, as well as engagement parties, showers, and other wedding-related events. With its high ceilings, ornate d茅cor, and warm lighting, this venue allows you to exchange your vows surrounded by old-Hollywood elegance. You can then dine and dance the night away in style, surrounded by all of your family and friends.

Services Offered

The friendly team at the Jefferson Theater will do everything possible to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams. An on-site event manager will be present on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly. All necessary audio and visual equipment will be provided, with technical support available if needed. You'll have the use of two fully-stocked bars, complete with professional bartenders to serve delicious drinks to your guests. The venue offers event rentals to help you decorate the space to your liking, along with chairs and a dance floor. If you'd like to find out more, the staff at the Jefferson Theater would be delighted to get in touch with you to discuss your special day.

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Historic Building

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Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Dance Floor

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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Laura Sent on 09/08/2015
5 out of 5 rating
We recently had our wedding reception at the Jefferson Theater and can't begin to express what an amazing venue it was! Devon and their whole staff worked so hard to make all the details come together and had incredible suggestions to create the most wonderful evening for us and our guests. They were flexible, professional, and very fun to work with. It was beautiful, unique, and an all-around special experience. We highly highly recommend the Jefferson for a wedding venue!
Lorrie Sent on 11/28/2013
5 out of 5 rating
Collean and her staff are wonderful. Easy to work with always willing to listen to our ideas but with far better ones (thank you). The venue was amazing, truly beautiful. The lighting was so professionally done it transformed a rock club into a lovely, intimate setting. So many of our guests raved about what a cool place this is and they are so right!
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The Jefferson Theater frequently asked questions

The space offered by The Jefferson Theater for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
The Jefferson Theater offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
The Jefferson Theater offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
The Jefferson Theater offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
The Jefferson Theater offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
The Jefferson Theater is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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