Venue Specs

We can accommodate up to 49 people in our intimate 779 sq. ft. space. The front room is our lobby and storefront and includes an ornate (non-functional) fire place and mantel. The cinema space includes 8 rows of 4 vintage theatre seats + a variety of individual chairs that can be configured to suit your needs.

Technical Information

Size: 779 sq. ft. (cinema space: 583 sq. ft.; front room/shop: 196 sq. ft.)
Floor: Hardwood
Seating: Modular, 8 sets of 4 vintage theater seats + several individual chairs
Capacity: 49 Max
Restrooms: 2 onsite—1 small restroom on the patio deck and 1 large wheelchair accessible restroom near the gallery
Projectors: 4000 Lumen WXGA Panasonic Projector, 16mm projector
Sound: PA System with two 2000 Watt QSC K10.2 powered speakers, one 2000 Watt QSC subwoofer, Mackie 16 channel mixer, Yamaha 12 channel mixer, two dynamic microphones
Lights: Recessed ceiling lights + moveable color lighting
Cameras: Sony 4K camcorder with tripod, Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro ISO video mixer
Screen: 8ft. wide portable projector screen
Tables: Two 6 ft long and two 4 ft long folding tables

Other things to know: The front room has three, connected bay windows that are covered with translucent, lace curtains. There is 1 small window (uncovered) over the front door and 1 small window (with removeable blackout shade) over the side door in the cinema space. The cinema space is separated from the front lobby/shop by a heavy, black, velvet curtain that can be opened and closed. The space sits on a shared boardwalk that has an ADA-accessible ramp extended from the front sidewalk. There is also an open back deck that has 4 moveable benches and several, large (not-so-easily-moveable) potted plants.


Our venue is available to rent for private events. Rentals are available by the hour or by the day. As a community-focused venue, we offer very reasonable rates.

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Shapeshifters Cinema | 567 5th Street, Oakland, CA 94607