Penn Pavilion | Penn 1

Location

107 Union Dr.
Durham, NC 27710
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Room Type

Multipurpose Room

Room Uses

Banquets Conferences Dances Dinners Exhibit Spaces Job Fairs Lunches Meetings Social Events Speakers

Capacity

300

Penn 1 can host a variety of events, from a 300-person lecture, to a luncheon for 100, to an intimate meeting for 20, and more. The venue is equipped with house sound, house lighting, and a catering kitchen. 

Rates

The cost of Penn is based on multiple fees and the setup of the event. Please reach out to eventservices@duke.edu for pricing information. 

Standard Layout

Photo of Penn Pavilion Room showing round tables, chairs, stage, windows, and projection screen.
Empty Room layout
Capacity: 400
Tables: 8 ft tables, 5ft round tables, classroom skinny tables, cocktail tables
Seating: Upholstered banquet chairs

Optional Layouts

Photo of Penn Pavilion Room showing round tables, chairs, stage, windows, and projection screen.
Capacity: 190
Tables: Classroom tables - 6 ft x 18 in
Seating: 190 upholstered banquet chairs
Photo of Penn Pavilion Room showing round tables, chairs, stage, windows, and projection screen.
Capacity: 400
Tables: Cocktail tables - 2.5 ft wide, 4 ft high , 8 ft buffet tables
Seating: 400 upholstered banquet chairs
Penn 1 Theater
Capacity: 350
Tables: Not applicable
Seating: 350 upholstered banquet chairs
Photo of Penn Pavilion Room showing round tables, chairs, and windows.
Capacity: 220
Tables: 5 ft round plastic tables, 8 ft buffet tables
Seating: 220 upholstered banquet chairs

Room Information

4,500 sq. ft.

Wheelchair accessible

LCD projector, screen, house sound, microphones, lectern with microphone. Clients must provide their own laptops to connect with the system. Adaptors are available. 

6 - 6 ft x 8 ft pieces of stage available

Free (Duke Visitor)

Reservation does require approval. If client books online, it stays in "Web Request" status until approved; fund code or payment is required for approval. 

Cancellation Policy

Reservations for Penn must be canceled at least two weeks prior to the event date. If the request to cancel is made less than two weeks in advance, a cancellation fee will be incurred. The fee for departments is $250 and the fee for student groups is $100. Also, clients are responsible for any additional fees incurred from external vendors or rentals.

Food and Drink Policy 

Clients must used a Duke Dining vendor for their event. You can find the list of Duke Dining Vendors here. Groups using outside caterers are subject to additional fees. 

Decor Policy

  • All tables which food is served on must have table clothes on them.
  • No open flames are allowed in Penn Pavilion.
  • No balloons in Penn (balloon arches are allowed).
  • No hanging decorations on the walls. Decorations (including signs) can only be hung on the windows with command hooks. Command hooks and adhesives must be removed post-event. Groups will be charged for the cleaning and removal of command hooks if they are left behind.
  • Glitter, bird seed, and feathers are not allowed in Penn.