weddings, bat/bar mitzvahs, meetings, events, galas, classes, workshops, photo shoots and more...

converted historic theatre with a urban loft vibe

Olio, located in Peabody, MA is a transformed 1912 theatre building. It has been converted into a 21st century event space to service all of your needs. It was built in the Colonial Revival style that was typical of the era.  Mother/daughter team Sarah Narcus and Ellen Basch purchased the building in 2018 and set to work to bring the historic building up to present day code: including replacing plumbing, electric, HVAC and making it ADA, and fire safety ready.

Contact Info

43 Main Street

Peabody, MA 01960


Olio has several different recommended floor plans and Sarah and her team can help guide you through the options to best suit your needs for the day. The space is rented 'as is' and you can pretty much use it as a blank canvas to make your wedding and event dreams come true.






The details:
holds up to 500 people depending on the layout
ada accessible / ramp for vendors for easy loading
onsite prep room for caterers
no bar minimums or hidden fees

intimate weddings, elopements, and large event space 

special 2020 rates:  elopements starting at $1000

olio located in Peabody, ma

Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Corporate Meetings and Parties, Fundraisers and Galas, Photo Shoots, Trade Shows and Expos, Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

Sarah is extremely proud of what her family has created with Olio. 

I can attest that the lighting in this space is absolute perfection for a photographer. The natural light streams through the floor to ceiling windows and bathes the room in a soft light. If you're looking for drama, you've come to the right place. Olio is a unique space that has a loft-like experience located just outside Boston, but without the headache of parking and traffic downtown and exorbitant pricing. 

I was able to interview Sarah to get to know a bit more about her venue and her answers are below. If you're looking for a beautiful modern-industrial space then look no further than Olio located in Peabody, MA.

"This venue was built with a lot of heart. It was created directly out of my experiences working at hundreds of other venues so it's optimized for weddings and is truly unique, both in its history, design, and style."  sarah narcus, owner of olio

Sample floor plans

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i had the incredible opportunity of working with sarah on this creative shoot featuring work by:
petals on petals (floral design)
bridal gowns by : bre budryk
jenny luu (hair and makeup)
models: shiva rezaie and hannah contreras

Question: Are there changing areas for the bride, groom or wedding party?

Answer : There is a private office that is used as a hospitality room for the client during events. Couples typically do their hair/makeup/getting ready at a nearby hotel or airbnb and arrive onsite ready to party.

Question: Do you have a list of preferred caterers?


Question: Tables and chairs are included, but where do I get linens, silverware/glassware? Do those typically come with the caterer or do I provide those?

Answer: The caterer takes care of bringing everything you need. They may own the inventory or they may rent it from an event rental company, offering the client unlimited options for design.

Question: You mentioned no hidden fees: can you elaborate/clarify? Cake cutting/corkage fees?

Answer: Just the rental fee. Because we are a rental-only space, we offer the space to our clients "as is" and clients can take it from their with their planner, designer, or caterer in terms of how they want to design and serve food, etc.

Question: Can we bring our own wine, beer or champagne? Hard liquor? Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? Bar minimum? Bar staff fee?

Answer: Bar services are provided through your caterer, which makes food and beverage service a breeze. Couples work with the caterer to determine the bar menu as well as to source the alcohol. There are no bar minimums at all.

Question: Do you have any décor pieces (lighting, arbors or vases, etc.) that we can borrow from?

Answer: We don't maintain an inventory of any decor, but are happy to make recommendations for lighting, florists, etc.

Question: Can we use candles/confetti/sparklers/fireworks/animals/lawn games/bounce houses/food trucks/insert your own fun-but- potentially-dangerous liability here?

Answer: Some yes, some no. We are one of the few venues that does allow live flame onsite, as long as it's enclosed in glass. Bounce houses are welcome, as are lawn games and friendly pets. The only "rules" around the property involve safety (ie no sparklers) and leaving the space as you found it, damage free (ie no confetti as it is impossible to clean up). If you have a fun/crazy idea, send it my way!

Question: Do we need to hire security?

Answer: There is no requirement for private events to hire security at this time. If you wanted to hire security, we can provide the information on how to do that.

Question: Is the municipal lot parking nearby typically full or is it easy to find parking?

The municipal lot across the street always has capacity. There are actually more than 500 parking spots within walking distance of Olio, including street, side streets, and the municipal lot. We are fortunate to have parking in abundance, though many guests who are attending a private event choose to take an ride share or cab to our venue. Those are plentiful as well, as we are right in a downtown environment.

Question:  Is there a safe space to put the money box or gifts during the reception?

The hospitality room/office remains locked at all times. That being said, we recommend having a friend, family member, or coordinator who is respomsible for any valuables.


Question: Do you recommend a nearby overnight accommodation for out of town guests (besides Marriott Peabody – more fun and unique like Olio?)? Is there any affiliation? Discounted group rates?

Answer: Due to our location, we are fortunate to have more than a dozen hotels within 15 minutes of Olio. The closest is the Peabody Marriott and I know that they do offer discounts on room blocks to Olio couples. In downtown Salem, just a few miles away, there are some amazing boutique and historic hotels, as well as waterfront properties. If you travel the other direction, towards Peabody/Danvers/Saugus and Route 1, you'll find all of the branded hotels. There are also terrific airbnb options nearby that service the robust tourism industry in Salem.

Question: How is the electricity in the building? Outlets/power for DJ etc?

Answer: Upgraded! 3-phase power which means plenty to go around for everyone.

Question: How many weddings do you book in a day?

Answer: Just 1 event per day.

Question: Do I need wedding insurance?

There are two types of wedding insurance: cancellation and liability. Neither are required, but both are recommended. 

Question: How hard is it to load-in and load-out of your venue? Is there an elevator? Ramp/loading dock?

Answer: Easy load in for vendors! At our back vendor entrance, we have a ramp and stairs for load in, so guests arrive through the front door and vendors have their own access.

Question: What does the lighting look like? Is it dimmable?

Answer: Our hanging pendant lights are all dimmable. Many couples love that look, and some choose to supplement with string/bistro lights, uplighting, or hanging chandeliers.

Question: If guests come too early, where can they wait? Are they kept out of the room? What is the protocol?

Answer: If guests arrive before the room is finished being set up, we have a foyer space as guests arrive where they can wait that is completely seperate from the main event space. If they are VERY early, they can also walk around and explore the shops and sights downtown in Peabody.

Thanks for your time Sarah!

For a list of suggestions, check out Yelp, or Tripadvisor. I personally highly recommend The Peabody Essex Museum. Also of note: Salem is just one town over.


Owner of Olio peabody: Sarah Narcus (and her adorable baby daughter)

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