501 Prospect Ave

Beloit, WI 53511






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$5000 Wedding Package Includes:


  • Exclusive use of the Castle for the weekend

  • Ceremony, rehearsal and reception venue

  • Hourglass Media photography and video (value of $2,000)

  • DJ, sound system, and lighting (value of $1,000)

  • Personal wedding consultant and technical assistant, a must for your rehearsal

  • Exclusive use of bridal suite with private restroom and groom's room to prepare 

  • Use of historic pipe organ and grand piano

  • Cash bar including setup and 2 bartenders during reception

  • All in-house tables, chairs, vintage china, white linens, sterling silver candelabras, uplighting and elegant decorations included! 

Get your BIFF experience into high gear with the BIFF Sing-Along presentation of the greatest musical adventure film of all time, The Blues Brothers, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and a mind-blowing array of timeless musical figures from Cab Calloway and James Brown to Chaka Khan, John lee Hooker and Aretha Franklin. The music almost never stops. Whether you know the words to sing—the words will magically appear on the screen—or you just want to hum along, it will be a great group experience.

This year’s BIFF Sing-Along will highlight the first weekend of BIFF2020 on Saturday Feb. 22.  It marks a return to The Castle at 501 Prospect Ave in downtown Beloit, which was the setting for BIFF’s sold out silent Phantom of the Opera several years ago. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. There will be music and a cash bar before and after the screening.

The audience is invited to come attired as their favorite characters from the film. Sister Mary Stigmata, muse of the Blues Brothers, will be on hand to judge costumes and award prizes.

The BIFF Sing-Along is once again Sponsored by the Janesville law firm of Brennan Steil S.C. Attorneys. The 1980 film, set in Chicago, follows Jake and Elwood Blues as they put their band back together in order to raise the funds needed to pay the overdue property taxes and save the orphanage where they grew up.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students of all ages. Tickets are currently available online at, at the IronTek pre-festival box office (635 3rd St. in Beloit) or at the door. If you need additional assistance, call Ana Kelly at (773) 818-5010.


There is limited seating and past events at The Castle have sold out in advance. BIFF å that you purchase your tickets soon.

The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 15th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.

To read about past events click here to view our blog.

To contact the staff at The Castle about renting the venue please contact Jacob Handrich at (608)774-3167 or

Once the renovations are complete, The Castle will become a premiere venue that will host a

wide variety of commercial, entertainment and cultural events

Music is the heart of The Castle. Our vintage pipe organ and unique spaces create the perfect atmosphere for live music.  All music genres will find a home at The Castle.


Movies will be shown on our big screen during our unique "dinner and a movie" events. These events will tantalize your tastbuds and stimulate your eyes and ears with entertainment that is coordinated to the flavors of the evening. 

The Rock River Philharmonic and the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra will each enjoy an acoustically  outstanding setting for many events. After the existing stage is upgraded in phase three, the Sanctuary will be able to host the Symphony Orchestra with full catering and drink service for upcoming seasons.

Youth-oriented events and concerts to benefit our non-profit corporation, The Youth Unite.  This use of the facility was our single most motivating factor in pursuing this project.

Complete wedding event planning and hosting services including catering, photography, video and music.  Hourglass Media was begun as a wedding photography and video company, and Jody has decades of experience as both a wedding planner and an event coordinator.

Live music events.  Studio G and Greg Gerard are well known and respected among professional musicians in the Chicago/Madison/Milwaukee live music scene.  Greg’s resume reflects many years of live performance experience and management.

Educational field trip programs with hands-on crafts, theater, dance and music experiences will be developed and marketed to school districts and home school organizations.

Since first proposing this project, we have enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the City of Beloit as well as several key organizations such as Visit Beloit, the Rock River Philharmonic, Stateline Pregnancy Clinic, The Youth Unite and Miss Andrea’s Dance Theater are a few of the business entities that have expressed a desire to partner with The Castle to host events and promote the facility.