Conference and Room Hire at Southend Theatres

Situated in a prime position on Southend's famous cliffs, the Cliffs Pavilion offers fantastic views across the Thames Estuary and is an exclusive venue for your event. It is perfect for a wide range of special functions from a boardroom meeting for 10, a dinner dance for 600 or a conference for 1,630.

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The Cliffs Pavilion has dramatic, fantastic views across the Thames Estuary ... a great place to entertain. The Palace Theatre has been bringing the magic of the stage to Southend since 1912 when it opened as the “Palace of Varieties”. This theatre is a little bit of West End glamour in the heart of Essex.

We can hold a meeting from everything from 20 guests to 1,600 guests.

Whether it is a team building exercise down on the beach with refreshments followed by lunch in one of our function rooms, a corporate BBQ to entertain your clients or a drinks reception before a show, we have something for everyone.



Our first class event team with fully qualified technicians will ensure your bespoke event runs smoothly. For larger events the entire theatre can be available for hire.

Maritime Room 

This popular and flexible space lends itself to all layouts including theatre style, boardroom, horse-shoe and banquet.

With excellent sound and lighting facilities the Maritime Room is self-contained with its own large bar, patio area and toilets.  This contemporary meeting and events room has bi-fold doors that open up onto the patio area overlooking the estuary and is perfect for presentations, conferences, training seminars and away days.  The Maritime Room is also available for private parties and functions of up to 300 people.


Admirals Room

Located next to the Maritime Room is our smallest room available and is perfect for more intimate corporate meetings and training seminars.

The Admirals Room may be used by itself or in combination with another room to enable, for example, breakout sessions and the ability to provide catering and refreshments separately from the main venue.


Pavilion Restaurant

The Pavilion Restaurant is on the top floor with views over the estuary and is a bright, modern space. It can be hired for exclusive use and is an ideal space for both informal and formal events including drinks receptions, business meetings, launch events, private parties and private dining.


Auditorium at the Cliffs Pavilion

The Auditorium is a unique, flexible space with in house AV and sound facilities.  It has a seated capacity of up to 1630 delegates/guests, and hold a banquet for up 600 people, hosting large conferences, product launches, awards ceremonies, presentations and celebrations.

Room Capacities 

  Boardroom Classroom Theatre Cabaret Banquet Reception Horseshoe
Maritime Room 60 100 220 144 160 300 5
Admirals Room 30 50 80 50 40 70 30
Pavilion Restaurant 40 60 100 80 120 130 40
Auditorium at the Cliffs Pavilion - - 1630 480 600 2250 -

Hire Prices - Meetings

Room Full Day Half Day
Maritime Room  £500 £350
Admirals Room  £300 £150
Pavilion Room £500 £350
Cliffs Auditorium POA POA

Hire Prices - Special Occasions

Room Daytime 4hrs Evening 6pm
Maritime Room  Weekday £200
Fri & Sat £300
Weekday £250
Fri & Sat £500
Admirals Room  Weekday £100
Fri & Sat £200
Weekday £100
Fri & Sat £300
Pavilion Room N/A Weekday £200
Fri & Sat £400

Innovative Catering

Southend Theatre’s menus are fresh innovative and constantly changing to reflect seasonality. All our
ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible.

On the following pages you will find our corporate meeting packages and pre designed dinner menus
for events. Should you have something more specific in mind, our General Manager and Head Chef
will be happy to tailor-make a menu for you.

We are happy to cater for any special dietary requirement. 

Packages and Menus

Our menus are fresh, innovative and constantly changing to reflect seasonality. All our ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible and prepared in-house by our dedicated team of chefs who specialise in catering for hospitality events, producing exceptional options to suit a range of tastes and dietary requirements.

Please contact the Sales Team on 01702 350466 for all menus and packages.


Offering an extensive range of beers, wines and spirits, we can set you up with an account behind the bar, a cash bar, or combination of both. We can also arrange welcome drinks or cocktails to start your evening off in style. 

Please note we can only offer a cold buffet as a food offering for events at the Palace Theatre. Please also note there is only the Dixon Studio, main auditorium and foyer available to hire at the Palace, subject to availability.

Services and Facilities

Dedicated and experienced

  • Professional staff to ensure first-class service

Stunning location

  • Grand views across the Thames estuary (Cliffs Pavilion)
  • Generous car parking (Cliffs Pavilion)
  • Coach set down and pick up facilities (Cliffs Pavilion)
  • Comprehensive Access Policy (Cliffs Pavilion)

Amazing facilitates

  • Wireless Broadband (Maritime Room / Admiral's Room)
  • Air Conditioning (Cliffs Auditorium / Maritime Room / Admiral's Room)
  • A wide selection of AV equipment
  • In-House PA system



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