Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Now Renting Event Space for 2011-2012 Season

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is now booking for several spectacularly designed event spaces located in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

The stage of the 757-seat Novellus Theater

Although plenty of dates are still available, our position as a contemporary art center and our close proximity to Moscone Center means we do fill up quickly.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), a nonprofit arts organization, has recently opened its events calendar for San Francisco event space rentals for the 2011-2012 season. YBCA’s state-of-the-art facilities are now available for corporations, associations, and nonprofits to book their special events at the premier event location in downtown San Francisco, adjacent to the Moscone Convention Center.

“Although plenty of dates are still available, our position as a contemporary art center and our close proximity to Moscone Center means we do fill up quickly,” says Lisa Elliott, YBCA’s Events Director. “Savvy event planners and production companies usually book their spring and summer events for 2012 now to get the best availability.”

YBCA is offering rentals of two landmark buildings located along the west side of Third Street between Mission and Howard: the Galleries and Forum Building and the Novellus Theater.

The Galleries and Forum Building, a San Francisco event venue designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, houses three event spaces. The 6,700 square-foot Forum is a contemporary, spacious, elegant and flexible space that offers diverse possibilities for any performance, lecture, meeting, social gathering or other special event. The intimate 94-seat Screening Room offers state-of-the-art equipment for screenings, lectures and a variety of presentations. The spectacular two-story-tall Grand Lobby, which opens into the heart of Yerba Buena Gardens, offers reception and special event space for up to 350 guests.

The nearby Novellus Theater, designed by American architect James Stewart Polshek, contains two event space options. The 757-seat theater has two-tier seating, dual-level lobbies, spacious stage, excellent sight lines and vast technical inventory. The Theater Terrace Lobby, with large windows opening to a spectacular view of Yerba Buena Gardens, is the perfect intimate reception space for a pre- or post-theater performance reception or as a standalone event.

Specialized services at YBCA include on-site coordination of event services, professional technical support provided by IATSE Local 16, audio/visual equipment rentals, professional lighting and sound systems, box office services, in-house security, telephone and data communications, and preferred catering and vendor referrals.

Recent rental clients for corporate events include Apple, Comcast, Hewlett/Packard, Motorola, Novellus Systems, Oracle,, and Wired Magazine. Nonprofit licensing fees (community rates) are available for qualifying organizations.

To learn more about available dates, the application and contracting process, and standard fees for venues, staffing, and equipment, call (415) 513-1226, email events(at)ybca(dot)org, or visit YBCA on the web at

About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization that creates, presents and explores today's multidisciplinary art with diverse artists, institutions and communities. YBCA also offers its state-of-the-art San Francisco conference center facilities to corporations, associations and nonprofit arts organizations for a variety of events. All venues are wheelchair accessible.

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