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Union Chapel

Union Chapel is located at the top of Oak Bluffs’ busy main thoroughfare, Circuit Avenue. This central location affords great walk-in traffic to concerts and events.

The Chapel has a unique octagonal shape and free-standing seating allowing the space to be configured for stage performances or as a theater-in-the-round for dance and musical performances. The Union Chapel has become a point of convergence for thoughtful panel discussions and lectures as well as jazz, opera and dance performances.

This Victorian cathedral, built as a non-sectarian place of worship in 1870, can accommodate as many as 400 guests with floor and balcony seating.  It is equipped with stage lighting that can be focused on the small stage or on the central floor.  It is also equipped with a house sound system and a Knabe grand piano that once graced the stage of Radio City Music Hall.

Our Technical Director works with performers and promoters to ensure a successful event.

Built: 1870
Acquired: 2002
Capacity: 400
Phone: 508-627-4440

Union Chapel

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Union Chapel, 55 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA United States

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Union Chapel, 55 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA United States 41.454329, -70.558050

Public street parking

Union Chapel Pricing

Performing Arts Events
$750 per five hours
Additional time available as needed at $50 per hour
(Additional time and piano tuning must be reserved and paid in advance)

Fee Includes:

  • One MVPT Theater Technician to operate the stage lighting and house sound system
  • Seating for 400 (250 floor seating; 150 balcony seating)
  • Use of backstage area with performers’ entrance to stage
  • Use of Knabe grand piano, tuning available on request (with sufficient notice) for an additional fee of $200.
  • Use of restrooms.

The Union Chapel is a seasonal property, available May 1 – October 31.  It is not air-conditioned but is equipped with ceiling fans. Microphones, speakers and stage lights are included in the fee. House inventory of tech gear is limited and appropriate for acoustic musical performance or lecture.  Experienced sound engineers with high quality rental gear are available on-island. See vendor recommendations.

Union Chapel Policies

A representative of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust shall be on the property at all times during performances, rehearsals and sound checks to oversee the use of the house sound system and stage lighting.

Only persons designated by the representative of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust shall be admitted to the tech area.

No food and beverage is allowed in the Union Chapel.

No smoking is permitted inside the Union Chapel.

Reservation payments are non-refundable in case of cancellation.

There are no designated parking spaces for the Union Chapel.

The Licensee is solely responsible for all publicity, promotional materials and ticket sales.

The Licensee must obtain prior permission from the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust if the event is to be attended by outside media for the purpose of recording or broadcast.