Policies & Procedures

The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple is a medium-sized venue best suited for weddings and receptions, intimate concerts and theater performances, lectures and presentations, fundraisers, and small graduations and proms. Please be aware that we cannot accommodate political rallies or religious services. Do check our capacity limitations below to be sure your event is within our capacities.

The Scottish Rite reserves the right to review special event plans, including décor and entertainment, to ensure they are compatible with building capacity and Scottish Rite values and mission.


Interested parties should read these policies and procedures, then consult the price list and event calendar on the website for available dates. If the desired date is available, contact the Event Coordinator at (505) 982-4414 during Event Business Hours (Tues – Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm) for further information.

Please understand that we can not place a hold on a desired date. The requested date will remain tentative until the Facility Use Contract has been signed and a 50% deposit of estimated total costs has been paid. The remaining rental fee plus a $1,000 security deposit is due 30 days before the event, and the total amount will be deposited. The security deposit is refundable and may be returned within 25 days after the event closing provided the building is left clean and in a presentable, rentable condition. Renter must also secure a $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy. Those renting the facility are reminded not to advertise, create or distribute printed materials until the contract is signed.


Alcoholic beverages are allowed in the Grand Ballroom and Courtyard only. Alcohol must be served by a licensed vendor. A list of servers and their license numbers must be provided to the Scottish Rite Temple 15 days prior to the event.


Decorations are permitted with the following exceptions; no glitter, confetti, or helium balloons. Decorations may not be attached to walls, ceilings or any part of the building with screws, nails, tape, or other hanging devices. Any open flames, political or “stick-on” decals, or fog-producing machines are prohibited. All decorations must be removed promptly at the conclusion of the event.


Public entry doors may not be propped open, and all other doors must be kept locked. Loading and unloading is permitted through designated doors, but vehicles must be moved promptly afterwards.


Only licensed certified service animals are permitted in the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple.


Scottish Rite members take great pride in the Temple. Renters are required to either clean the facility themselves after their event, or arrange for the Scottish Rite to provide professional cleaning services at an additional cost.


Total building capacity, as set by the City of Santa Fe Fire Marshal, shall not exceed 425. Please remember this total must include all those participating, including caterers, A/V and production staff, etc., as well as attendees. Please review the room capacities below to ensure that our spaces will serve your event requirements.

• Theater seating:
Total – 331
Lower level – 174
Upper center balcony – 117
Additional portable seating – (lower level only) 40
Standing Room is not permitted in the Alhambra Theater

• Grand Ballroom:
Seated table reception – 200
Standing reception with minimal tables – 300
Fund-raiser/Trade Show/Festival/Exhibition – 300

• Green Room:
Seated or standing at any given time – 40 people max.
Meeting – 24 people max.

• Courtyard:
Seated or Standing – 60 people max.


The building must be cleared at 12:00am as all rental contracts end at midnight. If your event continues after this time, an additional day will be charged.


As the Scottish Rite Temple is in a residential area, City and County sound ordinances state that beginning at 10:00pm, music must be lowered and maintained at a level so that it cannot be heard 30-feet beyond the outside walls of the building.


Scottish Rite Temple docents must be present when facilities are being used outside normal business hours (9:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday). A flat docent fee of $100.00 per event/per day will be charged regardless of the number of docents required. Docents represent the Scottish Rite Temple and are available to answer questions and help with facility needs, however they do not assist with setup, breakdown, or cleanup of events.