Facility Information

Bell Cultural Events Center exteriorThe 40,000 square foot Bell Cultural Events Center is available for use by the surrounding community as well as the MNU campus community. This facility opened in 2007, and is used to showcase the talents of the MNU Fine and Performing Arts students and local artist and performing arts companies. You can rent many of the rooms within this state-of-the-art facility for events or performances. The menu below is included for your reference in planning your event at the Bell Cultural Events Center. To schedule your event, please contact Tom Barnes at (913) 971-3640 or bellcenter@mnu.edu.

  • Bell Cultural Events Center Lobby

    Bell Cultural Events Center lobbyDescription: Lobby area at front entrance of the Bell Cultural Events Center

    Purpose: Grand Lobby is for the gathering of guests before or after an event in the Mabee Performing Arts Hall. It may also be used, on a limited basis, for dinners, receptions and/or special gatherings when these events are not in conflict with other scheduled activities.

    Approximate Capacity: 200 in audience type seating; 168 for reception/meal events with maximum of 21 round tables, 8 chairs per table; standing room 300 to 350.

    Audio/Visual Equipment: Available upon request

    Policies:

    1. Space must be reserved through the Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management.
    2. Quantity and placement of tables, displays, decorations, and number of guests must be approved by Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management.
    3. All debris and other items must be cleared from the Lobby at the end of use or run of show.
  • Gilmore Hospitality Room

    Gilmore Hospitality Room with furnitureDescription: A formal lounge area located off the Grand Lobby to the left of the south entrance It is home to a 1900 Packard Organ donated by Don and Faith Bell and family in memory of their daughter and sister, Judie Faith Bell Hooven. It is also home to a 1877 Roisch grand piano, donated by Murdell Weatherby Holbert in memory of her mother, Ivy Weatherby.

    Purpose: The Gilmore Hospitality Room is a formal social reception and executive meeting room located off the Grand Lobby in the Bell Cultural Events Center, and is intended to provide a more formal atmosphere for social receptions, select meal functions, executive meetings, and cultural events.

    Approximate Capacity: 75 for a standing reception; 40 for dinner event (maximum of 5 – 5’ round tables with 8 chairs at each); 20 to 26 for meeting with conference tables

    Audio/Visual Equipment: Public access to audio/visual equipment

    Policies:

    1. Supervised and scheduled through Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management
    2. MNU President’s office and President’s Cabinet given priority in scheduling events consistent with the room’s purpose.
    3. Not intended to be used as--
      1. regular classroom space
      2. university office or departmental conference room
      3. office space (unless part of a larger Bell Cultural Events Center event)
      4. furniture and supply storage area
      5. The furniture in the Gilmore Room is intended for its exclusive use and should be removed/stored only with the permission of the building’s Facility Management.
  • Mabee Performing Arts Hall

    Mabee Performing Arts HallDescription: Main stage theatre with audience seating capacity of 541

    Stage Size: 43 ft deep by 36 ft wide (inside shell) 43 ft deep by 65 ft wide (with shell open) 12 ft deep by 44 ft wide - downstage proscenium (with main stage curtain closed)

    Purpose: The Mabee Performing Arts Hall is available for speaking presentations, musical concerts, theatrical performances, and rehearsals. It is not to be used for weddings, funerals, as a movie theatre, or for those events determined to be athletic in nature.

    Audio/Visual Equipment: A complete specification list is available upon request

    Policies:

    1. Space must be reserved through BELL CENTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT (Building Coordinator).
    2. All use of lighting and sound equipment must be supervised by authorized and trained personnel.
    3. No food or beverage is allowed in the Hall seating area, with the exception of bottled water.
    4. All decorations must be approved by BELL CENTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT and supervised by authorized personnel.
    5. Doors must be locked and lights/media equipment turned off at the end of each use.
    6. No one is permitted in the catwalk or sound and light booths without authorization.
    7. An individual approved by the BELL CENTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT must be designated to act as a house manager for all publicly invited audience events.
    8. Children under the age of 18 (with parental or authorized adult supervision) are welcome in the Mabee Performing Arts Hall.
    9. All use of live animals for rehearsals and performances must be approved by the appropriate state or city organization governing animal rights and the BELL CENTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT.
    10. Performance of copyrighted works must be in compliance with copyright law and all licensing agreements.
    11. All photography and videotaping of rehearsals and performances must be in compliance with copyright law, and all licensing agreements, and approved by the appropriate division/department chair. BELL CENTER FACILITY MANAGEMENT must be informed at least five [5] days in advance of any photography or videotaping scheduled to take place during a performance.
  • Jones Instrumental Hall

    Jones Instrumental HallDescription: Large rehearsal room located to the west of the Mabee Performing Arts Hall. Primarily to be used for the instrumental classroom and rehearsals by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. It may be reserved by outside Users if requested date is not in conflict with academic schedules.

    Purpose: Instrumental classroom and rehearsals. In the event of a large cast or number of participants in a musical event to be held in the Mabee Performing Arts Hall, this room may be used as a warm-up and/or Green Room. May also be used as a meeting room if requested and approved.

    Approximate Seating: 75 in orchestral set-up; 160 in lecture hall set-up

    Audio/Visual Equipment: Available upon request

    Policies:

    1. Space–other than for academic use–must be reserved through Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management.
    2. All rehearsal items must be returned to their appropriate storage locations at the end of use.
    3. Food and beverages (i.e., box lunches, snacks, continental breakfast foods, coffee, bottled water) may be served within the specific confines of the Music Hall with prior approval of Facility Management. However, the room is not to be used for meal events that would require bringing food into the room from other building locations or carrying food/beverages through the hallways.
    4. All debris and other items must be cleared from the room at the end of use.
    5. Policies regarding children, live animals, photography and recording are the same as in the Mabee Performing Arts Hall.
  • McIntire Recital Hall

    McIntire Recital HallDescription: Large rehearsal room located to the east of the Mabee Performing Arts Hall. Primarily to be used for the choral classroom and rehearsals by the Fine and Performing Arts Department. It may be reserved by outside Users for recitals (vocal and piano) if requested date not in conflict with academic schedules.

    Purpose: Choral classroom and rehearsals. Also available for private student recitals, classes, speaking presentations and meetings.

    Approximate Seating: 65 chairs on choral risers. Additional chairs may be added for a total seating capacity of approximately 120.

    Audio/Visual Equipment: Available on request

    Policies:

    1. Space–other than for academic use–must be reserved through Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management.
    2. All rehearsal items must be returned to their appropriate storage locations at the end of use.
    3. Food and beverages (i.e., box lunches, snacks, continental breakfast foods, coffee, bottled water) may be served within the specific confines of the Music Hall with prior approval of the Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management. However, the room is not to be used for meal events that would require bringing food into the room from other building locations or carrying food/beverages through the hallways.
    4. All debris and other items must be cleared from the room at the end of use.
    5. Policies regarding children, live animals, photography and recording are the same as in the Mabee Performing Arts Hall.
  • Piano Lab

    Piano LabDescription: Classroom/lab space containing 12 Yamaha Clavinova pianos for students and 1 Yamaha Clavinova for teacher.

    Purpose: Classroom/lab available for academic purposes.

    Policies:

    1. Space–other than for academic use–must be reserved through Bell Cultural Events Center Facility Management.
    2. All rehearsal items must be returned to their appropriate storage locations at the end of use.
    3. All debris and other items must be cleared from the room at the end of use.
    4. Policies regarding children, live animals, photography and recording are the same as in the Mabee Performing Arts Hall.
Bell Cultural Events Center
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Box Office Hours
Mon.-Fri.
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