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Pendulum Space is TM's home studio, available to rent for  your workshops, rehearsals, photoshoots, meetings, and more! Click the sections below to see more about our studio!



Pendulum Space houses 3 studios available at competitive rates. This includes our Front and Back studios, and the Stage Studio, which can be used for performances 7 nights a week and for Saturday/Sunday matinees. All studios include access to the Pendulum Space lobby.


The Front Studio is about 300 square feet and can accommodate 12-15 guests.
The Back Studio is about 400 square feet and can accommodate up to 25 guests.
The Stage Studio
is about 650 square feet and can accommodate up to 40 guests/audience members.


Pendulum Space standard rental bookings are all now online with YouCanBookMe!
If you are interested in booking performance space, you must email pendulum@theatremomentum.com directly with the dates you are interested in booking.

  • The rental rates depend on which studio you are booking, and range from $10-15.
  • Bookings can be made in 15 minute increments, with a minimum rental time of 2 hours.
  • All rentals will be processed within 24-48 hours.
  • All payments are now accepted only through PayPal.
  • Spaces may not be booked less than 48 hours out, as we must schedule on-site personnel for every rental.
  • If you need a space less than 48 hours out, please email us immediately. If we can schedule on-site personnel, we can book your rental. Email us at pendulum@theatremomentum.com.

How does it work?
Click through our Google calendars above to see the times that are available. Make a note of the specific dates and studio you wish to book, and click through to the youcanbookme site to enter your booking. Each date is entered separately.

Have you selected your studios/times below? Ready to  book? Click the YouCanBookMe logo to get booked!

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Please see the details below to note which dates are available for booking:
Click through to a given week to see which dates are best for your needs.

All Studios
Front Studio
Back Studio
Stage Studio

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Hourly rate, Front Studio: $10/hour
Hourly rate, Back Studio: $12/hour
Hourly rate, Stage Studio: $15/hour

Discounted rates available for regular renters! Inquire for details.
All daytime weekday rentals require an orientation to the space and a pick-up of keys for your group.

Please email pendulum@theatremomentum.com to book or with any questions. You can see the calendar above to see what dates/times are available for your rental.

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Front Studio

Front Studio

Back Studio

Back Studio

Stage Studio

Stage Studio

Stage Studio

Stage Studio




Floor Plan

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Traveling to Pendulum Space

Pendulum Space is located at 1803 West Byron Street, Suite 216.

If traveling via CTA, get off the Brown Line at Irving Park. Exit off the south exit of the train station (turn right if heading north, left if heading south). Turn right out of the train station, and you will be facing the Metra tracks. Turn right down Ravenswood just before the tracks. The building is two blocks down. 1803 is on the south side of the street, right-hand door of the building.

If you are driving, you may park for free (evenings/weekends) behind the building. Parking is under the train tracks only. These are labeled as "reserved" for "Guaranteed Rate"- these are available for evening and weekend parking. The other spaces are not available for parking, and daytime weekday parking is street parking only.

Google Map below:

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Pendulum Space includes:

  • Large clean studios
  • A lobby for before and after your rental times, and for auditioners or patrons to wait for an audition or performance.
  • On-site personnel to help set up the space for your needs
  • A large 40-seat performance studio
  • Competitive rental rates
  • Locked prop storage

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Pendulum Space can also be rented for performances. Standard rental rates include a dressing room, audience lobby space, and a 40 seat stage. Tours are available whenever the space is not in use and we have personnel on hand. See the calendar for open times and email pendulum@theatremomentum.com to schedule a tour.

Standard performance rates are in two-hour blocks as follows:


8:00/8:30 PM

10/10:30 PM

























Please note, the 8:30 time is now recommended for Friday nights, due to noisy activities in the rest of the building on Friday nights.

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What is included in a rental?

The venue is a 40-seat blackbox. Included in the rental is:

  • 8/8:30 PM shows and matinees: a 3 hour block of rental time for your production.
    10/10:30 PM shows: a 2 hour block of rental time for your production
  • An audience lobby
  • Basic lighting system (SL/C/SR/Blues)
  • Sound system and simple mixer
  • One hour of complementary tech rehearsal time


Is there a dressing room available for our show?

Yes. All performance rentals block out the entire studio, so when selecting your showtime, please check that all three studios are available for your entire 3-hour rental block.


Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

No. Pendulum Space is on the second floor, and the building has no elevator.


Is this a BYOB establishment?

No. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the studio.


Are there concessions allowed?

Pendulum Space does not currently have any concessions. Any concessions handled by your group are your responsibility to sell and clean up.

What kinds of shows are allowed in the space?

The performance venue is suitable as a space for theatrical performances, but not for live band events or dance performances. Any performances with a musical element must be explicitly cleared in writing by Pendulum Space. Acoustic instruments and keyboards are allowed, but drums or full band performances must be cleared with Pendulum Space.

This restriction does not apply to incidental music or sound that may be run through the mixer, as those levels can be adjusted to a reasonable volume.


Can I store my props or make alterations to the space?

Prop storage is only allowable for small hand props or costumes that may be folded up and can be put into a closed stackable container. No alterations can be made to the space, as there are numerous shows that use the stage.


Does Pendulum Space handle box office?

In order to allow you the most freedom with your box office sales, and to simplify the process, Pendulum Space does not handle box office or advance ticket sales. You are responsible for this, and would need to supply your own box office/house manager personnel for your production.


Are we allowed to charge whatever we want for tickets?


What are the start times for a regular performance, and when would my group have access to the space?

For each date/time, Pendulum Space will be available at the following start times:


Day 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 10/10:30 PM
Monday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM  
Tuesday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM  
Wednesday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM  
Thursday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM  
Friday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 10 PM
Saturday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 10 PM
Sunday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM  
Sat/Sun Matinee 1 hour prior to start time    

8/8:30 PM shows must vacate the Studio Stage no later than 10:00 PM; 10:30 PM shows no later than 12:30.


Can I book a longer performance time than listed above?

Certainly! If you need a longer performance time, you will need to book multiple slots to accommodate the extra time, or make accommodations directly with the Rentals Coordinator by emailing pendulum@theatremomentum.com.


Can I start my performance at a different time than what is listed above?

We can shift the showtime starting times, if feasible with other scheduled performances. If additional time is required, the applicable extra time must be paid for as a standard rental.


Can I book with other groups and do a showcase of multiple groups?

Yes, as long as there is one group who is responsible for the rental agreement and personnel for running your event.


Do you supply a stage manager to handle tech, or can we handle tech ourselves?

So that the person running your lights and sound is a person of your choosing, Pendulum Space does not supply a tech person. You will receive an orientation regarding the operation of the tech, prior to your rental.


What equipment do you have to control your lights/sound?
We have an 8/16 channel mixer, an American DJ Stage Setter 8/16-Channel DMX Controller. Click here to read the manual here, if you like.
Our mixer is a Mackie Mix5. You can read the manual here.


Do you supply a house manager or ushers?

The box office capacity of a house manager and/or usher must be handled by your own personnel.


Does Pendulum Space do any marketing for our shows?

Pendulum Space does no promotions for your performances. Signage is allowed on the night of your shows only, and any other promotional materials allowed in the space will be allowed at Pendulum Space's discretion


Does Pendulum Space require a deposit?

Yes, Pendulum Space requires a $100 security deposit for every rental, which will be returned within one week of the last date of your contract, if there are no damages to Pendulum Space or other reason to retain your deposit. This is required for all rentals.


How do I request a specific date?

Check the rentals calendar above to make sure the time is open in the calendar, then send an email to pendulum@theatremomentum.com and put in a request.

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