John J. Pruis Hall is a 640-seat venue that is well suited for various functions such as classes, convocations, conference activities, movies, and performing arts. Our staff is highly motivated to meet your event needs. Our aim is to provide exceptional service to ensure a positive outcome for your function. We encourage faculty, staff, student organizations, and the public to tour our facility.
If you are solely using the Pruis Hall lobby, the load capacity may not exceed 150 people. The lobby has a total dimension of 3,051 square feet.
Download Lobby Diagram (PDF)
The stage dimensions are as follows:
total: 1,420 square feet
Download Stage/Seating Diagram (PDF)
Total seating capacity is 640 and the square feet totals 6,512.
There is additional wheelchair seating in front of the permanent seating.
Download Seating Chart (PDF)
There is a small hospitality area located just offstage, as well as a modest dressing room and private restroom facility.
Should you require additional dressing rooms or hospitality areas, arrangements may be made with neighboring facilities.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in Pruis Hall or the adjacent buildings. Ball State University is a smoke-free campus.
Organizations may provide their own refreshments to performers/participants of the event.
If refreshments are offered to audience/patrons of the event, organizations must go through Ball State University Catering (765-285-3500).
Restrooms are located off the main lobby and in dressing rooms.
The following event supplies are available to use at no charge:
If you are interested in reserving Pruis Hall for your upcoming event, please contact Lou Patterson or Terri Bryant at 765-285-5524 or email us to inquire about availability.
If you are a Ball State student group and have confirmed availability, please contact Charlie Scofield at 765-285-1850 to complete a space requisition form. Departments can request a space requisition form from the Pruis Hall office to be completed and returned.
Pruis Hall can provide a labor estimate prior to the event, based on the specified needs.
All merchandise sold is subject to 7% sales tax and 15% facility commission.
A $50 deposit is required to secure space.
Free events will be subject to a $50 fee if notified within two weeks from the scheduled performance date.
Should you need to cancel a space reservation, please contact the Pruis Hall office.
Your deposit is non-refundable.
A $50 late reservation fee will be assessed to any organization reserving the facility less than 14 days prior to an event.
Pruis Hall's in-house sound system provides a variety of resources to our patrons including:
Pruis Hall provides an overhead projection screen and projector and is equipped with multiple devices including: