Darkroom Rentals

CPAC offers access to an individual black & white darkroom with film processing and printing capabilities in a professionally maintained environment.

Darkroom Notice: As of December 31, 2022 we will no longer be offering Darkroom Orientations until we are located in our new space at 1200 Lincoln Street, where there will be a larger on-site darkroom. If you have completed a Darkroom Orientation and are a current renter with our organization, you can rent the darkroom until February 28, 2023. After this our darkroom will be closed to the public in preparation for our move. If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call the gallery at 303-837-1341.

Hours | Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

How to Rent

First-Time Renters: You are required to attend a 30-minute free orientation (which will assess your skills and cover policies, equipment use, check-in procedure, and safety issues), offered the first Tuesday (9:30am) and the third Wednesday (4pm) of each month. The last orientation will be December 31, 2022 and will resume when we move to our new space at 1200 Lincoln Street. The orientation will not teach you how to print or develop. You must register for the orientation in advance by calling 303-837-1341 or reserving online by filling out the Darkroom Orientation Request form below. All renters who have not attended an orientation at our Bannock Street location will not be allowed to use our darkroom rental facilities. 

Darkroom Renters: If you have attended the required orientation and been approved for darkroom use, then you may schedule a session by calling 303-837-1341 or online by filling out the Darkroom Reservation Request form below. Darkroom reservation requests will be filled until February 28, 2023. We will then temporarily stop taking reservations until we are located in our new space at 1200 Lincoln Street.


*CPAC Members receive a 10% discount at Denver Pro Photo

Note, rentals are only final after date confirmation from CPAC staff. Renters must be at least 18 years or older. Renters must be at the intermediate level or above, unless accompanied by a CPAC tutor (see tutoring rates below). Chemicals are provided for a fee. Renters are responsible for paper and supplemental supplies. Renters must follow safety protocols; renters who do not follow CPAC Darkroom’s Rules and Regulations will be denied access.

Darkroom Tutoring

CPAC offers one-on-one tutoring sessions with Michael Snively, an accomplished photographer and instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience.


WHEN | 3rd Saturday of each month


TIMES | 10 – 1 pm or 2 – 5 pm (3-hour sessions only)


COST | CPAC members: $180 per 3 hour session; Non-members: $225 per 3 hour session (any rolls of film or prints developed are subject to the chemical fee listed below)

Full-Day Rates (4 – 8 hours)

  • Members

  • Daily Rate

    $36 + $5 chemical fee*
  • Additional Tutoring

  • Non-Members

  • Daily Rate

    $40 + $5 chemical fee*
  • Additional Tutoring


1/2 Day Rates (4 hours or less)

  • Members

  • 1/2 Day Rate

    $23 + 5*
  • Non-Members

  • 1/2 Day Rate

    $25 + 5*

*Chemical fees are based on 11×14 trays and “normal” usage. Processing more than 4 rolls of 35mm film or printing over 35 prints requires a higher fee to offset chemicals costs. If you choose to bring your own chemicals, please note: we do not allow powder chemicals to be mixed in our space. 

Chemical Fees

  • Film

  • 1-4 rolls of 35mm, 1-3 rolls of 120mm or 1-3 sheets of 4x5 film

  • 5-9 rolls of 35mm, 4-7 rolls of 120mm or 4-7 sheets of 4x5 film

  • 10-14 rolls of 35mm, 8-11 rolls of 120mm or 8-11 sheets of 4x5 film

  • Print

  • 1-35 prints 11x14 or smaller

  • 36-70 prints 11x14 or smaller



  • 2 enlarger stations with 35mm to 4×5 capabilities

  • Film processing space (black and white ONLY)

  • 14×17 dry mount press

  • Archival print washer for 11×14 prints or smaller