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We thrive in hosting live performances, casting calls, film screenings, and fine art installations, as well as corporate meetings, parties, and special events. Our space provides two intimate black box theaters with a bar in between and an upper lobby bar as well. This includes a full working theater and screening room (for multi-use) located in downtown Union Square. SPACE FEATURES 2500 ft² Venue Space Black Box Theater #1 | 108 Seated Black Box Theater #2 | 60 Seated Lobby + Upstairs Bar + Downstairs Bar Fully equipped theatre with stage Projector Courtyard Patio SPACE LAYOUT The theater seating is raised and looks down upon a stage. Stage left has 108 seats and stage right has 60 seats. The stage is very close up and intimate. Theatrical lights, sound system, and movie screen are included. Fine art installations grace the walls presenting an urban speakeasy ambiance. Restrooms -- Two are on the entry level first floor and two are on the second floor. CATERING *Full bar may be arranged prior to the booking date for an additional cost, and will include staff. Full bar typically opens 2 hours prior to any stage presentation and 1 hour afterwards. *Outside catering is allowed with prior approval. CONVENIENCE Centrally located in Union Square, which is the heart of SF. Close to BART, Muni, cable car, and all the major hotels downtown. A garage is close and reasonable. Street parking is free after 6pm. Pay close attention to all signs on the street.
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Nyla W. booked an event for 65 people
Using Matt’s space was one for the books. He and his staff were more than accommodating and lovely to work with. I will use his space again and encourage anyone else to do so too.
Audra W. booked an event for 20 people
This is by far the best Peerspace space I've ever booked. The theater is lovely, fun, comfortable and super-flexible. It's a fantastic alternative to the usual board room-style rental, and I especially love that the rental fees go to support the theater. As a bonus, it's easy to find, which isn't something you can usually say about a booked space. Matt, the host, was also the most thoughtful, kind and helpful host I've ever met. He really went above and beyond the norm to make us comfortable and happy. He's just a lovely human being who is doing his best to share his wonderful space with the world. (Pretty sure we've made a new friend as well – hi Matt!!) I am already trying to think of our next event so we can book it there.
BROOKE B. booked a presentations for 75 people
AMAZING! This space was perfect for my event and the team was fabulous in helping me get ready and clean up, generous with being able to use what they have in stock (glasses, popcorn, etc). and yet letting me bring in my own movie snacks, with excellent communication and thinking of things that even I didn't think of. I will absolutely use this space again! Bravo ... I couldn't be happier.
Cleo H. booked a birthday party for 50 people
Amazing space! Was perfect for having a birthday party and a intimate show on stage. The stuff was super friendly and very helpful. Everyone loved the space and how unique it was. Matt was very responsive and helpful throughout the whole process.
Mandy M. booked an event for 65 people
Matt was great to work with! He was very friendly, responsive and accommodating, and the space got a lot of compliments. I would definitely recommend the black box theater!
Julian D. booked an event for 75 people
I hosted a cabaret-style musical show at the larger of the two Shelton Theaters. I’m glad that Matt Shelton suggested I stop in the week before, as I realized what I was working with. I really suggest visiting the space if you have particular sound specifications, as they rely mainly on natural acoustics and the sound system is fairly minimal (understandably as it is an intimate space). I also suggest finding out if there is another production happening concurrently with your event, as to avoid any unfortunate overlap or conflict of use of the space. Thankfully, albeit needing to make some adjustments to my vision of the use of the space, Matt and Jon were exceptionally helpful in accommodating my requests and needs. Jon was very enthusiastic and helpful as my tech operator (lights and sound), and I’m glad I allowed and reserved technical rehearsal time as we were all, for the most part, on the same page for my performance. I can not recommend this venue enough for its location, and more importantly, the hospitality and helpfulness offered by Jon and Matt. They are a last vestige of a genuine, real theater experience in downtown San Francisco.
Emily Hawkins H. booked an event for 10 people
Matt is awesome to work with! Enjoy working with him immensely! Super cool venue and great location.