Grand Theater’s Art Deco Splendor Finds a New Face and Purpose in Tech Art


With two more days to go in its fundraising drive, the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is making a final push in its effort to bring in some extra dollars for its $300,0000 fund to revive the Grand Theater at 2665 Mission St, an art deco building from the 1940s that went from a movie theater to a Chinese import store in 1988.  Later it became one of many dollar stores that lined Mission Street.

That changed nine months ago when its owner Amy Chung leased the space to the Gray Area Foundation, one of the only organizations on the West Coast that teaches coding and electronics to create art work that encourages civic engagement.

Jossete Melchor,  founder and executive director of the  Gray Area, started the foundation  in the Tenderloin in 2007 and in 2008 it moved into the Warfield Building.

Supported by he National Endowment for the Arts, the foundation will run an eclectic program that includes a cultural incubator,  theater, films and classes to teach coding and electronics.

To donate click here. The effort ends on April 11th.

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