rentable venues--bay area
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Geoffrey's Inner Circle410 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612Black owned long time Oakland venueClose to 12th St BARTgeoffrey pete510.290.9288gpruwme@earthlink.netbathroom grab bars are in the wrong place, doors and doorways are very narrow. Wheelchair-accessible entrance is in the back, hard to find.
Berkeley FellowshipBerkeley 841-4824rooms@bfuu.orgthe fellowship hall is the only wheelchair accessible space
Berkeley Zen CenterBerkeley them 4/5/2012, and they said there was too much demand for their space, so they needed to restrict use of it to members of BZC. --max
Ed Roberts CampusBerkeleymeeting rooms big and small, big open reception space at front. to Ashby BART; some neighborhood parkingLeah, lfrenchick@edrobertscampus.orgwheelchair accessible throughout including bathrooms. some folks have given feedback that it can be chemically inaccessible unless you give them a big headsup- strong cleaners. incredibly physically accessible including floor push buttons in the elevator.
Starr KingBerkeley to have a current student or staff member be your steward but space is free15 minute walk up a steep hill from BART. A bus goes from BART to within a block of the school. Cathy Rion can make introductions for you ( accessible throughout the building; wheelchair accessible bathrooms. up terribly steep hill.
Birthways berkeley accessible
HesperianBerkeley medium-size meeting roomfree but not really used publicly -- they sometimes let orgs use spacevery near Downtown Berkeley BARTDorothy Tegelerwheelchair accessible throughout, with bathroom (which I think is acc but not sure)
Easton HallBerkeley -- north Berkeley he would give nonprofits the affiliated rate--see websiteArthur Villarreal510-204-0732eastonhall@cdsp.eduneed to go to the space to check re. bathrooms, doorways, ramps, etc
La Peña Cultural CenterBerkeley (Shattuck & Prince Room (holds 10-15 people): $25/hr, Theatre space (holds 175, but often used for smaller mtgs.): $50/hr, Cafe Lounge (holds 30 - 40) only available Mondays, $35/hrfucking awesome as a venue. longstanding POC community arts space. very nice people to work with. if you want a weekend evening event you need to book at least 2 months out, pref 4. capacity in main stage performance space is approx 150 but you can pack more in. performance space is wheelchair accessible, not sure about whether they have a ramp for stage- need to call and check.fragranced soap in bathrooms and chemical cleansers used. main theater space has a screen, projector, full sound and light booth.close to Ashby BART- about a 7 minute walk/roll. street parking, both metered and free. a couple of disabled spots on block.Mariola Fernandez(510) 849-2568 ext. 20mariola@lapena.orgwheelchair accessible throughout the building including at least one bathroom EXCEPT the backstage and stage areas.
Arizmendi BakeryOaklandfreeNot really a rentable space, but sometimes if you have a friend there you can hold meetings after hours. fits about 15 people comfortably. single wheechair accessibe all genders bathroom. wheat used in baking.San Pablo and 42d- around 10 minutes walk/roll from MacArthur BART, on a bus line (72) accessible throughout including bathrooms
Lake Merritt United Methodist ChurchOakland,%20Meetings,%20Seminars.html20% off rates for nonprofitsnot available on Sundaysnear Lake Merritt BART, but there's construction all around the church right now -- don't use google maps, check their website for infoB Avalon(510) 465-4793rentals@lakemerrittumc.orgneed to do an in person accessibility check
Oakland Asian Cultural CenterOakland expensive but different discounts available depending on the dayHuge! capacity in big room like 300? stage and projection screenpretty close to 12th st bartLucas Maciel(510) 637-0457lmaciel@oacc.ccwheelchair accessible entrance and bathrooms; need to confirm whole building is wheelchair accessible (should be); have worked with Wilson and Mona through APA Heritage Month on fragrance free event, and went off pretty well!
Oakland Public LibrariesOakland affordable Most branches must end by 5pm most days. Temescal branch til 8 pm on Tuesdays, Main branch til 8 pm Wed. + Thurs. Must read MEETING ROOM POLICY before calling: individual branches -- numbers are listed here: accessible
SolespaceOaklandnice! wheelchair accessible, but not the most MCS-friendly. poc favored shoe shop slash event space. jeff the owner is super nice, but really follow up bc I had a worker there clean the space with intense chemical cleanser right before event- they were tryng to be nice but stuff was so strongly scented (bleach, pine sol for days) people had to leave. No stage, fits about 80.downtown Oak @ Telegraph and 16thJeffjeffp123@gmail.comWheelchair accessible. Green room is filled with new shoes which are offgassing and smell strongly. Non FF bathroom soap
Fox TheaterOaklandso expensive. like, so expensive.opulent as fuck.close to 19th st bartdisabled parking availble on 20th, street parking in generalada,
Oakland Impact HubOakland to get price listmultiple rooms and venuesclose to dowtown BARTs
Movement Strategy CenterOakland - downtownoffice space with two rentable rooms during business hours and potential to spread out during the weekendssuper affordableawesome to work withpretty much next door to 12th street Oakland BART, multiple bus lines; paid street and lot parkingMaryam Roberts maryam@movementstrategy.orgelevators, wheelchair accessible restrooms; use mostly fragrance free cleaners
East Bay Meditation CenterOakland -- 17th and HarrisonLarge meditation room, plus 2 smaller roomsunknown. they are newly exploring renting spacelarge capacity- open room can fit 150 people, plus two rooms that can seat 20/30 each and a kitchen. they use frag free cleansers and soaps!!! have air filters and frag free ask and ed materials of all participants.about six blocks from 19th St BART. Street parking with one blue spot and one green spot out front.Street.Xiaojing Wangxiaojing@eastbaymeditation.orgspace is wheelchair accessible including two gender neutral bathrooms. overall commitment to fragrance free varies from night to night- Sundays, the Every Body Every Mind sangha is very committed (air purifier, FF ask and commitment, etc) but some nights have less teacher buy in and thus more folks show up wearing perfume, etc. Bathrooms FF.
New Parkway TheaterOakland -- 20th and Telegraph2 large wheelchair accessible theaters spaces. Capacity about 125.need to researchStreet. Multiple bus lines. Parking gets tightramped, wheelchair accessible front and bathrooms. sins asked and got them to switch to FF clenasers the week before our show full mic/ screen/ movie projector equipment and food for purchase.
Omni CommonsOakland -- 48th and shattuck in temescalballroom, library, stage, small rooms, dancefloor to mcarthur and ashbymoderateUpdate 2/2016: Bathrooms aren't wheelchair-accessible, but should be by May 2016
First UU Church of OaklandOakland (12th & MLK)from big to small, see's too busy - so you need to be persistent to reach himclose to 12th Street BARTStefanCall (510) 893-6129 Ext. 305 or (510) 292-6576 (cell phone), email, rentals@uuoakland.orgwheelchair accessible through whole building, including bathrooms
First Presbyterian Church of OaklandOakland (27th and Broadway)for nonprofits only; they require liability insurance for events
Becky Dimanlig, Office
First Congregational Church of OaklandOakland (27th and Harrison) rates avail. for non-profits. (need to provide documentation)
To reserve, go look at space and sign a contract. Limited availability on Sundays, will often list your event in their newsletter if you get it to them: newsletter@firstoakland.orgnearest BART is 19th street Oakland, 15 minute walk from the station; can use their parking lot with rentals(510) 444-8511, ext 10booking@firstoakland.orgwheelchair accessible throughout the building; wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the main building, not the annex where the choir room is. The "accessible" entrance at the back is NOT ADA compliant; the walkway is too steep. Also, there are too few accessible parking spaces in the lot, doesn't meet state or federal standards. Supposedly there is an accessible entrance at the front, but they don't provide renters with a key to the front, so one would need to make special arrangements to let people in the front (also not sure that the front really is accessible, someone just told me that.)
Humanist HallOakland (27th btwn Broadway and Telegraph) from $200-$600 depending on the group and the focusamazing backyard, kitchen, and stage all included in all rentals. giant capacity, will easily fit 300 folks. nearest BART is 19th street Oakland BART, 10-15 minute walk from the station; neighborhood and metered street parkingDavid510-451-5818space is ramped in the back; heard through the grapevine that they just redid bathrooms to make them accessible but need to check in person. reportback as of 11/13: bathrooms are solid now! The entrance at the street address is NOT accessible, and there isn't signage directing people to the back side, so your publicity will need to cover that.
First Christian Church of OaklandOakland (28th & Broadway)big social room, great for fundraisers, parties, dancing, etc.; meeting room "Shelton Hall" is 1100 sq. ft., on the same level as parking lot, bathrooms are up some stairsnon-profit rate is $40 per hour. great to work with; they are working on redesigning this building as the Oakland Peace Centera bit of a walk from 19th Street BART or MacArthur BART, good busesSandhya Jha, Pastor (Facilities person is actually Allen Foster:, fccoakland@gmail.comevent rooms are wheelchair accessible, bathrooms are not. "Our janitorial service uses green products, with no chemical fragrances, but they do have a mild fragrance. The bathrooms are cleaned on Thursdays, as a rule. The rooms themselves are cleaned by the groups that use them, who bring their own supplies. I'm not sure I can guarantee a fragrance-free space, as the mix of users is fairly broad and varies week to week." REPORT from Jan 2012: This is not a good space for folks with asthma or MCS. Lots of dust, mold and fragranced cleaning products in various spaces (groups use their own), and very stinky scented soap in bathrooms.

Eastside Arts AllianceOakland (East Oak, 23rd & International)$25/hour--sometimes available at bulk rategreat, but the BART access is terrible, it's about 10 blocks from fruitvale. Stage is not wheechair accessible- you could bring a portable ramp, but the space is tight so it would be challenging to place it. fragranced soaps. bathroom is wc accessibe as is main space. poc lead and created, queerf friendly. on bus line, accessibe if you live in neighborhood or have car. about 15-20 minute wak from fruitvale bartnot near any BART stations; street parking availableNot badeastsideculturalcenter@gmail.comspace is wheelchair accessible, need to check bathrooms. eta 2/15: bathroomsare accessible but would be tight for a scooter user. fragrance soap
Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO)Oakland (East Oakland)retreat center (multiple rooms) with upstairs dorms$300/day; $33/pp lodgingSold the mansion, and now have a downtown office space - Robbienearest BART is Lake Merritt and is a 10-15 drive; neighborhood parkingKaleka Brewster510-533-7583don't think it's ADA but ramped in the back entrance--think many of the doorways would be a tight fit as would the bathroom (dorms are definitely not wheelchair accessible)--needs confirmation
Temescal Arts CenterOakland (Telegraph & 48th) 511 48TH street. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94609Rehearsal Rental $12.hour, Class/Workshop Rental $18.hour, Performance weekend evening rental $200.nightbooks up quickly, can be hard to get in touch with. can fir anywhere from a meeting to a performance night that would fit about 50-60 folks. bathroom, is smal! manual wheelchair yes, scooter no. ramp into main space. when it fills up it is really challenging to get through with moblity aids.about 8 blcks away from Macarthur BART and busses that go up telegraph like the 1 stop close byNot bad.Michaela(510) Ramp to door, space is open inside. Bathroom is technically wheelchair accessible but I doubta scooter could make it in. Mainspace often gets bottlenecked (it's small) so there needs to be work to make sure chair users don't get stuck as they come in.
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist LibraryOakland (Telegraph & 65th)$25 / rentalnot always there during regular hours, can be hard to reach. Downstairs is not a good choice for private meetings, as there's a lot of walk-throughclose to Ashby BART(510) 595-7417NPML@marxistlibr.orgmain downstairs room is wheelchair accessible, not sure of bathrooms. Building is very dusty
InterplayceOakland downtown: 2273 TelegraphHas a studio that can accommodate 15-25 people for movement activities, or up to 50 people for a meeting or seated-audience performance.$25/hr.Sins used them for rehearsal space. Open reharsal room that is wc accessible, good for dance or perforamnce rehearsals.4 blocks from 19th St. BARTStephanie Pile510/ wheelchair accessible into bldg, Bathroom is wheelchair accessible. Second-floor office space is not accessible.
Congregation Sha'ar ZahavSan Francisco (16th & Dolores)rental decisions go through a committee, so can take a while. Closed on Jewish holidays. Parking in this neighborhood is a challenge.close to 16th & Mission BARTRegina Wurst, Administrator415-861-6932regina@shaarzahav.orgwheelchair accessible throughout the building with elevators, including bathrooms (which are all-gender)
518 ValenciaSF for events or workshops. At 16th and Valencia so parking is going to not be greatClose to 16th and Mission BARTNot so much.415 863-9977info@518valencia.orgwheelchair accessible throughout including bathrooms
CounterpulseSF on what you are using the space forbusy event calendar so booking way in advance is recommendedthey just moved- new addy?
Mission Cultural Center for Latino ArtsSFone block from 24th st bartStreet. One blue spot on 25thLarge, wheelchair accessible theatre. Stage is also ramped. Accessible bathrooms. Scented cleaning products
Modern Times BookstoreSFThis is a bookstore that has events. They no longer have a rentable back area, but you can talk to them about having your book launch or meeting there ETA: Sadly, they closed in November 2016free for book launch events, if you want to rent it for a meeting there may be small feeStressed out but aweome to work with. RIP.12 minute walk/roll from 24th St or just call415 282 9246events.moderntimes@gmail.comWheelchair accessible throughout. No public bathroom (owner of building lives in back.) Believe there is an accessible public washroom next door at La Victoria bakery- have to check. They use non-chemical cleaners and are fairly good about making scent free/chronic pain seating. Space gets filled up fast, so arrive early if you are a chair user- they are committed to keeping passages clear, but it does tend to get packed.
Quaker MeetinghouseSF available on Saturdays and Sundays until 4pm3 blocks from Civic Center BART; downtown metered and lot parkingSteve Leeds415-431-7440 x2wheelchair accessible throughout the building with elevators, need to double check bathrooms; bleach is used in the foyer to deal with urine and have created chem issues
Sports BasementSF spaces are not super privatein Potrero Hill, not super close to any BART
Women's BuildingSF expensive ($70/hr) but have been able to get bulk rates for multiple hours in the pastrecommend phoning them several times to get in touchnearest BART is 16th street/mission, about a 10 minute walk from the station; street parking can be difficultvery difficultAlma?415-431-1180 x21bookings@womensbuilding.orgall rental spaces are wheelchair accessible; not sure about the bathrooms
South HarborSFcommunity room for about 65room is free daytime; evening is $250, food charge $100
Delancey StreetSF
AgeSongSFrooftop area, part enclosed, part patio - beautiful not sure if this is open to publicrelatively near Civic Center BARTinside and outside area are accessible; single bathroom is accessible
War MemorialSFnonprofit rate $750!!
IntercontinentalSFhad an agreement to provide space to non-profits; we've had trouble finding out how to use this
Mission Bay ParksSF inside and outside areasI think fairly expensiveJes Muse415-543-9063 x101
Bayanihan Community CenterSF - 1010 Mission St. few blocks from
African American Art and Culture ComplexSF - 7612 Fulton St. venue, just wish it was remotely near BART. large dedicated free parking lot with at last 4-5 disabled spaces adjacent, it's about a 20 yard walk from lot to door. they built a ramp to the stage for us and then took it down! but that means they *could* build one again. Black Queer and Queer friendly owned.Not close to BART, but #5 bus goes there from Civic Centerdedicated parking lot! amazing!415/922 2049info@aaacc.orgwheelchair accessible throughout; smelly bathrooms unless you take the products out; chairs are not very fat-friendly. Stage had ramped entrance from backstage and we assumed it was permanent but they took it down. But, that means they could potentially build one again. There are two theaters in space: if you are using one, make sure no one burns incense in other space, this happened once and completely fucked MCS folks attending! Adjacent parking lot with lots of free parking including 6 disabled spots.
St. Peter's ChurchSF (24th Street?)
Laborers HallSF (3271 18th St., in Mission)beautiful big area with stage, first floor, opencan sometimes get for free!great spot. must be approved by board so can take a while and can get turned down. they are not always the most progressive.near BARTbuilding is accessible; haven't seen bathrooms but building is fairly new so probably good
Mission CreekSF (4th & King)3rd floor conference room, 2nd floor dining roomnot sure, maybe freenear Muni and CaltrainJose, Property Manager415-896-2025
LGBT Community CenterSF (Castro)a couple options -- big room on 4th floor with patio, stage/tables area on 2nd floornonprofit discount but still runs about $100/hourgreat spot and Cat is really good to work withMuni, not too far from BARTdifficult but possibleCat Stevens415-865-5656cats@sfcenter.orgbuilding is basically accessible, bathrooms seem pretty good, you need to bring in frag fee soap for bathrooms
Rosenberg FoundationSF (Embarcadero)conference room that can fit 30, with 22 at tablefreesocial justice foundation that makes space available to non-profits; email Tammy with name, purpose, date, contact info.near BART and MunidifficultTammy Tanner, Administrative
First Unitarian Universalist ChurchSF (Geary & O'Farrell)big hall with stage, very nice; smaller meeting roomsabout $100/hourvery nice to work withnear Muni (near Van Ness)difficultKerryspace is physically accessible, not sure of bathrooms
Plumbers Union HallSF (Market & Franklin)huge area, plenty of tables and chairscan sometimes get for freethey are connected to an SRO that is NOT well-maintainednear BARTaccessible room for elevator is old; not sure of bathrooms
Variety ClubSF (Market & Montgomery)non-profit, raises money -- but looks more like film stuffnear BART and Muni
Valencia GardensSF (Mission)open room, probably holds 50ish people, connected to outdoor areasometimes freegood space; not elegant but good for events, not hugenear BART and MunidifficultMartinphysically accessible, not sure of bathrooms
UC HastingsSF (near Civic Center)beautiful "Skyroom" with viewsoften free to non-profitstakes a while to verify availability and get permissionnear Civic Center BART and Muninot bad in eveningsspace is physically accessible, not sure of bathrooms
Levi's FoundationSF (up the Embarcadero, near Coit Tower)hard to reach, apparently a nice space for eventsElizabeth
SOMArtsSF, on Brannan & 10th, not remotely close to BART, lke 2 parking spaces total in lotWheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms, stage is accessible.
Center for Sex and CultureSF, on Mission btw 9th & 10th to work with. Carol's partner Robert is disabled, they are great around access. May be closing soon- checl2 blocks from BARTinfo@sexandculture.orgramped, bathrooms in new location are accessible
Embodiment Arts Collective. SF, Mission and$55/hour, will be flexible. Easy to schedule.Sex positive, body positive4 blocks from BART2 nearby lotsLaura Perlin(628) 400-2569embodiedsf@gmail.comRamp into building as needed. Elevator to third floor. Floor mounted toilets and handrails, but not ADA compliant.
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