Darkroom Rentals

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

There are different ways to interact with our darkroom space, please carefully review all options below.

How to Rent

Hours | Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Orientation | Prior to your first rental of the darkroom space at 1200 Lincoln Street, you must attend a free, 10-minute orientation, which will cover policies, equipment use, check-in procedure, and safety issues. The orientation will not teach you how to print and develop (for beginners see our educational offerings). You must complete an orientation in advance either the same day prior to use of darkroom space or by appointment (303-837-1341 or info@cpacphoto.org).

Darkroom Refresher | This short workshop is designed for students who have had prior experience in a darkroom, but need a refresher course to review the details of processing film and printing from negatives. Learn more and register.

Renting After Orientation | Once you have completed the required orientation and gone through your first darkroom rental, you may schedule additional rentals by filling out the online Darkroom Reservation Request form below.

Policies and Procedures | Renters must be at least 18 years or older. Rentals are only final after date confirmation from CPAC staff and deposit is paid. Chemistry (Sprint chemistry) is set up by CPAC staff prior to confirmed darkroom use and is included in overall rental fee. If you plan on bringing your own chemistry, fees will not be reduced. No powder chemistry is allowed. 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 rental appointments require at least 72 hour advance booking notice, as well as a $25 deposit (credited to total fee). Cancellations notices must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the confirmed rental session to receive a refund of the $25 deposit. Refunds are not available for cancellations made within 48 hours of the confirmed rental session. 

Rental Rate (minimum 3 hours, maximum 8 hours)

With an increased amount of space and equipment, up to three people at a time can work within the darkroom.

  • Members

  • Daily Rate

    $65 (includes chemistry)
  • 16x20 Prints

    $10 (additional chemical fee)
  • Non-Members

  • Daily Rate

    $75 (including chemistry)
  • 16x20 Prints

    $10 (additional chemical fee)

*Rental fees include everything except paper. Renters can bring both RC and fiber-based papers. We no longer cap the number of rolls of film you process or the number of prints you make. If you choose to bring your own chemicals, please note: we do not allow powder chemicals to be mixed in our space. 


  • 3 Omega enlargers capable of printing from 35mm to 4×5 inch negatives

  • 14×17 dry mount press

  • Trays and sink space for prints up to 16 x 20 inches

  • Archival print washers for prints up to 16 x 20 inches

Darkroom Tutoring

CPAC will be offering one-on-one tutoring sessions in our darkroom. Individuals must pay a $25 deposit credited to the tutoring fee. Off-site classes and workshops are also available through CPAC. Browse our current education calendar.


WHEN | By appointment, at least 2 weeks advanced notice


TIMES3-hour sessions


COST | CPAC members: $180 per 3 hour session and Non-members: $225 per 3 hour session (a $10 chemistry fee will also be applied for both member and non-member pricing)