L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens
Performing Arts Center

  • 1002 Sam Nixon Ave.
    Building 88,
    Pocatello, ID 83209.
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Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall | Beverly B. Bistline Theatre | James E. and Beverly Rogers Black Box Theatre | Barbara J. Marshall Rotunda | Other Venues

Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall

Rental Rates | Rental Policy

The Stephens Center's largest venue reflects the commitment of donors, designers and Idaho State University to providing the finest listening experience available today. The grand concert hall will seat up to 1,200. It incorporates state-of-the-art acoustical technology to optimize sound and theatre experiences for audiences in a wide range of performances.

It is the only true concert hall in the region with computer-adjustable tuning panels and sound curtains. More than 500 fiberglass-reinforced gypsum side panels weigh up to 2,000 pounds each, although two panels weigh some 36,000 pounds each. The hall includes two computer-controlled ceiling canopies, each about 20,000 pounds, that can move to adjust the hall’s acoustics. That system is paired with six 17,000-pound, one-story-high movable acoustic side panels that can be adjusted with computerized controls.

The result: The Jensen Grand Concert Hall can be tuned to meet the acoustical needs of any performance. While electronic amplification is available, the design allows sound to resonate naturally through the hall.


Rental Rates

Box Office

Front of House

(Please Note: A three-hour minimum call is required for hourly employees)


(Please Note: House Stage Manager must be in attendance during all times when public is in attendance; Insurance regulations require that Center equipment be operated by Center employees; A three-hour minimum call is required for all hourly employees)



(Note: The Center doesn’t maintain a stock of gels)



Rental Policy


The Jensen Grand Concert Hall is a 1,149-seat state-of-the-art, acoustically sound concert hall located in Idaho State University's Stephens Performing Arts Center. The Stephens Performing Arts Center is subject to the practices and procedures set forth by the State Board of Education and Idaho State University. The following information is provided to help determine your costs in renting the Jensen Grand Concert Hall. Scheduling and contracting are handled at the direction of the Director of Events for Idaho State University. Please contact (208) 282–3398 for a complete estimate of charges.

Scheduling the Jensen Grand Concert Hall

Scheduling priority will be as follows:

  1. Academic use by Idaho State University
  2. Non-academic University-related use
  3. Non-educational community related events
  4. Commercial events

(Note: No funerals will be permitted to be scheduled in the Jensen Concert Hall)

The Stephens Performing Arts Center will hold a potential performance date for 30 days. In order to finalize a hold date, a contract must be executed. A signed contract must be signed 30 days in advance of the performance or the date may be forfeited. When a facility hold is challenged, the party who placed the first hold will be given the right of first refusal and must secure the date with a deposit and signed contract within 48 hours.

Deposit Policy

The Stephens Performing Arts Center requires one-half the minimum rental fee as a deposit upon signing the rental contract. For free events, or if the Center is not providing ticketing services, the deposit may be the total rental fee. If you are a first time renter, you may also be required to pay estimated expenses in addition to rent at the time of the signing of the rental contract. In addition, first time renters must provide three references where they have promoted similar events in comparable types of facilities as the Jensen Grand Concert Hall within the past calendar year. Failure to provide references or an unfavorable report by a reference or other business contact will be sufficient grounds to deny use of the Stephens Performing Arts Center, and no contract will be executed.

Liability Insurance

All renters of the Stephens Performing Arts Center shall be required to furnish a Certificate of Insurance in which the State Board of Education and Idaho State University are named as additional insured parties. The minimum amount of the Combined Single Liability will be $1,000,000. The Director of Events shall have the discretion to reduce the required coverage or waive the required coverage. The CSL certificate shall be furnished within a reasonable time after the execution of the agreement of the rental contract, but not later than 10 days prior to the date of the first scheduled date.


If the renter fails to hold each event or events as specified by the agreement at the time agreed, the renter shall pay to the Stephens Performing Arts Center within 10 days of the contracted date a sum equal to the actual out-of-pocket expense incurred by the Center and lost rental income contracted for the event. The Center may retain all or part of the deposit to apply toward those expenses.

Rental Fees and Direct Event Charges

Rate Categories

Facility Personnel

All facility personnel are scheduled and paid by the Stephens Performing Arts Center, unless otherwise negotiated in advance. Please note that a three-hour minimum call is required for hourly employees. Staffing levels to be determined by the Director of Events.

Merchandise Sales

The sale of merchandise, souvenirs, or goods of any kind is subject to the approval of the Director of Events. All renters must set up and adhere to any space requirements prior to the opening of the doors. The Center will charge 20 percent (20%) commission of the net sales (sales after state sales tax) if the renter supplies the sales personnel and change fund(s), or 25 percent (25%) commission of net sales (sales after state sales tax) if the Center supplies the sales personnel and the change fund(s). Any merchandise placed on sale must be inventoried by the Director of Events or his designee before sales begin. Arrangements for such sales must be made at least one week prior to the event. The Center retains the exclusive right to sell food and or drink items and its own merchandise at all events without renter participation.

Marketing Services

Contact the Director of Events at (208) 282–3398 for information.

Hospitality or Catering Services

Hospitality or catering services are exclusively proved by Chartwells Dining Service, located on the campus of Idaho State University. Contact Chartwells at (208) 282–5831 for information. Beer and wine can be available if approved for receptions, banquets and social events at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. An Alcohol Permit Application (.pdf) must be completed and returned to Chartwells Dining Service a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the event in order for alcohol sales to be considered at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Contact Chartwells at (208) 282–5831 for information.

Advertisement and Display of Signs

Renter will not be permitted to commence its advertising for its event until a fully executed contract has been executed. Renter shall not do nor permit to have done at the Stephens Performing Arts Center anything that would tend to injure, mar, or in any manner deface the premises. No nails, hooks, tacks, screws, or any other device may be driven or installed into or onto any part of the facility.

Renter shall not post nor exhibit any signs, advertisement, show bills, or posters of any description on any part of the premises at the Stephens Performing Arts Center except those that relate to the event in places designated by the Director of Events.

University Advancement

University Advancement will be permitted up to five days usage per year in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall rent-free. University Advancement will determine the users who in turn will be responsible for the direct facility expenses. Requests for these usage days are to be made to University Advancement.

Last Modified: 12/10/14 at 01:16:09 PM