We warmly invite you to Little Boxes! We have been referred to as a ‘Renegade Theater’ and told we are ‘Old San Francisco’. Often guests compare us to their favorite Brooklyn or Berlin style Art lofts. We are a ‘living room’ style artistic community space; we are your home away from home. We aim to make you to feel comfortable here exploring creative expressions and expanding the limitless visions of your imagination & reality.
LOCATION: 1661 Tennessee Street, Suite #2s, San Francisco, CA, 94107. This unique hidden gem is located in San Francisco’s newest up & coming artistic industrial neighborhood Dogpatch nicknamed by some recent gallery developers DoReMi (Dogpatch/Potrero/Mission). We are within walking distance, just a few short blocks, from the Minnesota Street Project, & a wide selection of scrumptious restaurants and cafes. Our favorites are Marcella’s Lasagneria, Neighbor Bakehouse, Phil’s Coffee, Hard Knox, Gilberth’s, Serpentine, & The Dogpatch Saloon.
HOW TO GET TO LITTLE BOXES: Public Transit? MUNI 3rd Rail stops across the street @Marin St & 3rd MUNI lines 22, 19, 48 have nearby stops. Caltrain 22nd St Station a few walkable blocks away. Biking? 10-15minutes to Mission and/or Downtown. Commuting? By car we are very close to both the 280 and the 101 freeways off ramps.
FREE all day street parking. No meters or time restrictions.
HOW TO GET INSIDE: 101# at the callbox, take the lobby passenger elevator to the 2nd floor, take a few quick sharp Lefts (past a red freight elevator) and take a Right turn down into the larger hallway. You will find us down on the righthand side, past Lightsource, our neighbor print shop.
Have gear? Large Props? There are drive in loading dock areas & we have carts upstairs in our studio for you to borrow, just let us know when you arrive & we can assist you.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org #415.603.0061
SPECS: The space is 2600sqft & features a huge 1300sqt sprung dance floors covered with new Marley flooring, which is Black/White reversible. We kindly ask there to be no street shoes, tap shoes, stiletto heels, chewing gum, oils, lotions, or excessive rosin usage. The Marley is expensive to acquire & to maintain. We aim to keep it clean for all our guests! **If you don’t need and/or want Marley; we have a grey painted wood floor underneath. Please let us know in advance if you need street shoes for an event or production, as there’s a re-taping fee $100+ & it takes a few hours of time to attend to this matter.
Our west facing wall of windows lets the natural light in all day & in the afternoon it streams beautifully across the walls. The sunsets here are incredible. There are curtains to cover the windows if you require the space to be blacked out during the daytime.
The studio mirrors span 30ft by 8ft and there are curtains to cover the mirrors.
LIGHTING: For an additional rental fee (between $50-$150), we have 2 Einstein high-powered strobes, soft box modifiers with grids, huge umbrellas, a beauty dish, lot’s of paper & fabric backdrops, 2 C stands & a rolling boom stand.
The theater lighting includes a set of 6 par cans (with optional colored gels) which are connected to a dimmer pack & light board.
SOUND: The sound system is ‘plug & play’ style; an easy to use 8 channel mixer with an AUX audio out cord that works for most laptops/phones/devices. It’s attached 2 self powered JBL speakers. There a cordless & a corded microphone with one mic stand.
Our donated vintage upright piano which has been loved, it still mostly works minus a couple of keys at the present moment.
(Photo below from Martin by Harman’s pro light show open house event. Unfortunately, we do not own these lights…but we would love too…)AMENITIES: Our studio is equipped with a full bathroom inside the studio and includes amenities such as a utility sink in the bathroom, a vintage (yet fully operational) claw foot bath tub with an over-head shower attachment. Please bring your own towels & toiletries if you think it may be necessary for your booking. We have a hair dryer & a curling iron.
There’s a small kitchenette with access to a full fridge, espresso maker, french press, electric tea kettle, juicer, ninja blender, skillet, convection oven, cups, plates, utensils and a countertop for craft services & catering. Please bring whatever you may want/need for your time here at Little Boxes to feel like home.
There’s an assortment of unique chairs donated from the SF Opera & a couple of couches as well as about 6 large folding tables.
We have 3 tiers of platform risers set up proscenium style with seating for up to 49 people.
There’s always an assortment of vintage props throughout the studio that can be used for shoots.