Rendering of future interior of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts renovation of the Grand Theater. Courtesy of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, rendering by Envelop A + D.

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts announced last week that it will be rehabilitating Mission Street’s Grand Theater to become a “Technology and Art Theater.”

According to the press release:

“Rehabilitating the Grand Theater marks our renewed commitment to serve as a media arts organization that creates jobs, and a technology lab that fosters community.” Josette Melchor, Executive Director continues, “Gray Area’s Cultural Incubator will enable new practices and modes of production, providing immense civic value and catalyzing economic innovation in San Francisco.”

The organization signed a 10-year lease. The announcement of the project comes after the organization received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create an experimental sound theater.

The new space promises to be an incubator for art and design organizations and offer affordable coding classes geared towards creative expression.

We’ll follow up with more on this new development. In the meantime, here’s more on Techcrunch and some thoughts at the Uptown Almanac.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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  1. Your information is incorrect. We received $100,000 from National Endowment for the Arts and its an “Art & Technology Theater”

  2. This is an exciting development, do you know when construction will begin, and when the venue is likely to be available for events?

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