Built as a union meeting hall in 1914, The Lab's 3,000 square foot space was recently restored to reveal its original hardwood floors, a wall of windows, and industrial steel beams. Acoustic ceilings, blackout blinds, flexible track lighting, and a Meyer Sound system give the historic space its modern edge. All rentals directly support the programmatic mission and operational maintenance of The Lab, and most importantly, the artists we work with. Located 1/2 block from the 16th and Mission BART station, The Lab's wheelchair accessible space is great for groups of up to 200 standing or 150 seated. The 50 x 50 square foot main gallery can be made more intimate – four 10 x 8-foot moveable walls allow for flexible spatial configurations, sound baffling, and an extra 64 feet of wall space. FEATURES Historic meeting hall that hosted the legendary General Strike of 1934 15' ceiling height in brick and steel frame building 2 minutes from public transportation in heart of the Mission District All rental income supports a world-renowned art space State-of-the-art sound equipment Hardwood floors throughout Wheelchair accessible Secured by alarm PREVIOUS USES OF SPACE Industry Events (Dropbox, Red Bull, San Francisco International Film Festival) Retail Pop Ups and Design Showcases (Cuyana, Louis Poulsen, InCase) Exhibitions, Art Programs, Film and Photo Shoots (Facebook , SFMOMA, Mindvalley) Multiple Day Workshops and Meetings (Minerva, Meditronic, HelloMD) Dinners and Weddings INCLUDED IN BOOKING RATE Meyer Sound system (4 UPAs and 2 subwoofers) in stereo setup 5 microphones (one wireless and one lavalier available) Epson 1080p Projector 150 white plastic folding chairs 10 trestle tables (please note that 3 x 6 foot tabletops are not secured to trestles) Moveable birchwood bar Access to wheelchair elevator that fits loads 4'L x 6'H x 2.5'W 2 plastic buckets for chilling beverages Free Wifi with guaranteed bandwidth of 10 mgb per second, usually 15-20 mgb per second. Please note: our bathrooms down the hall are shared with a few other tenants and aren’t terribly slick (think public school toilets). Our space rental manager will help clean and re-stock when needed. ADD-ONS Specialized gallery or modular theater lighting (add thirty minutes to booking time) 8 Staging risers @ 4 L x 8 W x 3 H ft. (add one hour to booking time for set up and teardown) 9 foot Steinway baby grand piano ($150 tuning fee) Catering and bartending We are a world-renowned art space that hosts a dynamic program of sound, dance, film, visual art, and performance events every week. We are well equipped for bands, DJ, and can provide consulting services should you want to live entertainment or limited editions by local artists to your event. We have an entertainment permit that allows us to play music until 2am. FOOD & BEVERAGE We do not have kitchen facilities, but food and beverage are allowed in the space. We also offer a full-service events program – if you would like to discuss hiring us to help with catering, cocktail service, or unique programming, please do not hesitate to reach out! TRANSPORTATION Street parking is difficult, so we recommend that you double park on Capp Street to load-in and then allow time to find parking once large items have been loaded into The Lab. There is a valet garage at 3027 16th St at Hoff Street and a few miscellaneous private garages and parking lots but check their hours in advance. 16th and Mission BART is a half block from our space.
As a mission-driven public charity, we rent our space on a case-by-case basis. We require that you do not use the space to endorse, fundraise, lobby, or promote or influence political candidates or causes. This agreement does not create a partnership or joint venture between you and our space – you may use our name in press and collateral materials for way finding purposes only. You will be solely responsible for all activities during the rental period, including setup, installation, sound checks, program flow, and cleanup. – Base rental rates include one non-technical representative in a supervisory role. If additional technical, security, or other personnel are required these contractors will be paid separately. – All start and end times are inclusive of set up and clean up. The doors will be unlocked at the start time indicated on the rental booking request and locked when the rental period ends. If the rental stretches beyond the agreed upon rental period delineated in this contract, overage charges will be collected after your event. – Disparaging remarks, physical violence, and any activities that are deemed a significant liability will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the premises. These decisions will be made at the sole discretion of our staff and contractors. In such cases NO refunds shall be made. – A Certificate of Insurance (COI) is required. The guest is responsible for any damage to the artwork/furniture/premises should it occur. – Sound must be kept below 90 decibels (imagine the sound of a motorcycle at 25 ft). – Use of our equipment and supplies is at the discretion of, and requires the permission and supervision of, our staff. This includes but is not limited to ladders, paint, paint tools, carts, expendables, drapes, chairs, table cloths, tables, chairs, etc. Our property (chairs, tables, projectors, etc.) may not be removed from the premises. – Installation of equipment, artwork, props, sets, furniture, lighting, AV equipment, etc. requires advance written permission. No nails, screws, staples, or penetrating items are to be used on our walls or floors without consultation and approval. No glitter or confetti is allowed. Only low tack tape is allowed on floors and walls. – You are required to return the space to the same condition in which it was found or be billed an extra cleaning fee. – Trash pickup should be scheduled in advance for all events with food and beverage, or if you anticipate having trash in excess of two 30-gallon trash bags.
The space worked great for our needs, and team did a thorough check-in with us to make sure we had a good lay of the land. Used this space several times in one week and will absolutely be returning!
This place was great. The facility itself is beautiful, well kept, and full of character. Dena is super nice and helpful, and was very responsive. The space was particularly good for 100+ people with some small group work. There was room to stretch out. Can't wait to come back.
The space was perfect for our yoga event of over 120 attendees. Dena was super responsive leading up to the event, and Anthony was very helpful with set up on the day of. The only downside (as disclosed) are the somewhat rough bathrooms; they are shared with the building. If you are hosting an event with many participants, it could be problematic. Otherwise, everything was great!