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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Mission's Lost Church Performance Space Seeks Donations To Go Legit and Stay Open

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Sonny Smith performing at the Lost Church in 2011.
  • Sonny Smith performing at the Lost Church in 2011.

The Lost Church is one of those places that makes San Francisco feel like San Francisco. It's a performance space for live music and theater carved into an unusual building on Capp Street, just north of 16th Street. Since opening in 2011, the Lost Church has hosted eight original musical theater productions, plus literary readings and sets by many local musicians. In 2011, Sonny Smith, of Sonny and the Sunsets, performed an unforgettable live show there called Sees All Knows All.

In order to remain open, though, Lost Church owners Brett and Elizabeth Cline now must go legit -- which means pricey, but ADA-required additions: an accessible bathroom and a wheelchair entrance with motorized lift. They're also seeking other improvements that will help meet their goal of using the Lost Church as a venue for rock 'n' roll dinner theater. (The dinner part of that has proven more difficult than initially expected.) The Clines have been running an IndieGoGo campaign to help raise money for the improvements: they're now four days away from their deadline, and have raised $31,888 of their $40,000 goal. Given that the Lost Church, which is currently an underground, secret venue, is exactly the type of place many of us are worried about San Francisco losing, this seems like an easy cause to support. Here's more info -- watch their fundraising video below.

See also: Sonny Smith Debuts New Live Show 'Sees All Knows All' at the Lost Church

More info at the Lost Church's IndieGoGo page.

-- @iPORT

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