Book TECHS-MECHS For Your Next Event

Looking for a one-of-a-kind venue to host your next event?

Rent the Gray Area Grand Theater, a historic venue retrofitted with modern day sound, lighting and visual capabilities located in the vibrant Mission District.

For a limited time only, make your event unforgettable by immersing your guests in the lights of TECHS-MECHS, our current exhibition by renowned media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

Featuring immersive installations, kinetic sculptures, generative animations, and large-scale shadow theaters, TECHS-MECHS offers a unique and unforgettable experience for your guests.

With a capacity of 216, the entire 3200 square foot ground floor exhibition can now be rented for your next private event.


Gray Area is pleased to present TECHS-MECHS: a new survey of ten works by renowned media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The exhibition presents canonical works from the artist’s oeuvre alongside a rich chronology of technological cultural history in the artist’s native Mexico.

At the heart of this landmark exhibition is the West Coast premiere of “Pulse Topology” (2021), a monumental, participatory installation that represents the culmination of Lozano-Hemmer’s most celebrated series of works activated by the human pulse, previously shown to great acclaim in Canada, Brazil, Switzerland and other countries. Composed of three thousand suspended light bulbs, each glimmering to the heartbeat of a different participant, the installation creates an immersive chorus of light and sound inspired by the classic Mexican film “Macario” (1960).

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: TECHS-MECHS is on view at Gray Area through May 31, 2023.

Book Gray Area for your next event. Our staff is here to support your vision.

State of the art sound system

Interactive immersive environment

Full Bar Packages for Your Private Events

The Historic Grand Theater

Gray Area is located in the historic Grand Theater, built in 1940. We offer modern sound, light, and visual capabilities, fiber internet, and full bar packages. A San Francisco landmark, the Grand Theater is a versatile venue available for performances, conferences, and exhibitions.

Are you a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization?

Community Partnership Rental Program

Gray Area is proud to offer a community rentals program to organizations with nonprofit 501(c)3 status to leverage our space for community support and social good. Events or organizations that qualify for this program must satisfy one or more of the following program goals:

1) to serve the local Mission District community
2) to elevate and organize around issues of social justice
3) to support, or increase visibility of, underserved communities
4) to advance under-supported fields in the arts and/or in technology

Benefits of the community rentals program include listing on the Gray Area website, digital marketing, and discounted gear and rental fees. Past program recipients include: Mission Cultural Center, El Tecolote, Let's Take Action, Dawson Dance SF, CounterPulse, CCA, BAVC, and more.

COVID-19 Updates

Our team is working hard to keep a safe environment:
• Intimate: Restricted capacity to allow for social distancing.
• Air Circulation: New increased ventilation in the lobby and performance space.
• Cleanliness: New enhanced cleaning policy; we are fully sanitizing the entire facility every day and providing hand sanitizer.