The Cheech Marin Center is open for private events!

Host your next board meeting in our classroom style Auditorium with state-of-the-art AV equipment, your corporate holiday party or non-profit gala in our bright open space of the Jose Jaime Medina Sala. The Cheech Event Rental Program offers something for everyone in our newly renovated mid-century building full of vibrant paintings and sculptures.

For details and rates, please contact the Event Rental Manger at: 951.547.0898 or email

Spaces Available



1,248 sq. ft.
32×39 ft.
Classroom Style – 72 guests
Reception – 92 guests



5,000 sq. ft.
50×100 ft.
Standing Reception – 125 guests
Seated Dinner – 125 guests

The following prices are effective starting January 1, 2023


Hourly Day Rates (3-hour minimum) Additional staffing and security charges based on event size.

  • Weekdays                 $275/hr               
  • Weekends                $300/hr

Jose Jaime Medina Sala (after 5 p.m.)

  • Monday-Thursday                           $4,450
  • Friday & Sunday                              $5,450
  • Saturday                                          $6,450

A $1,000 refundable deposit required with 25% of rental cost at time of booking. Balance due 90 days prior to event.

Hourly Rate – Additional time may be added: Weekdays: $275/hr and Weekends: $300/hr

Reception Package includes:
• Six-hour use of the Jose Medina Sala space
• Chairs for up to 125 guests
• Combination of Round and/or Rectangular tables (seats 8–10 each)
• Registration Table

Extra Security Guard(s) required if alcohol is served and for guest counts over 50.

Additional Services

  • Floor-length linens starting at $11/table; overlays, napkins, or specialty fabrics available at additional cost
  • Plates, glasses, goblets, and silverware available for rent
  • Consider purchasing an engraved brick to be installed in the museum’s front walkway to commemorate your special event! Click here to purchase.

Please schedule a site tour by calling 951.547.0898 oremailing to talk to our Event Rental Manager 
so that we can customize a package to accommodate your needs and budget.

Thank you for considering The Cheech Marin Center for your private event!

Frequently Asked Questions

After your scheduled site tour, a customized contract will be presented to you based on the space(s), day, time, and length of the rental you have selected. To secure your date, 25% of fees, as well as the refundable $1,000 security deposit, are required.

Yes! We have a bundled 6-hour event package, as well as the flexibility to accommodate hourly-rate space rentals. You may add hours and end your event as late as 1 a.m.

Absolutely! You may choose, for example, separate sites for your ceremony, cocktails, and reception.

We are available for private-event rental after 5 p.m. Your set-up time must be included in the contracted rental. No access for deliveries or vendors is permitted prior to the contracted time. Additional time can be contracted if required. A staging space is available for early or night of rehearsal drop off at additional cost.

Non wedding reception-only events may be hosted on any day; ceremony-only events may be hosted on any day except Saturday. (Some exceptions may apply.)

There is absolutely no smoking or vaping within the museum OR on the rooftop. A designated smoking area is available outside the back doors. We ask that use of an ash tray be observed.

Yes. You must hire a RBS certified professional bartender. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the event by guests. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed within the building.

If at any time we observe underage drinking, destruction of property, or disorderly or disrespectful conduct, we will close the bar and potentially end the event immediately without a refund. Remember, you are responsible for all your guests.

Absolutely NOT. The City of Riverside bans the use of all fireworks, including sparklers. Use of them will result in loss of your security deposit and may result in code violation charges and damage claims.

For all events at the Cheech, two liability insurance policies, including alcohol coverage (if applicable), naming the Riverside Art Museum and the City of Riverside as additional insured is required. The caterer will also be required to provide insurance naming the Riverside Art Museum and the City of Riverside as additional insured and bar staff will need to provide RAM with a copy of their RBS certification.

You may view our COVID-19 Safety Plan for current policies.