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The MilkBar - Richmond

The MilkBarEditEdit Description

NOTE: In 2016 we completed a move to Richmond, CA just off of 580 near the Richmond Bridge. We're not in Oakland anymore.

Our new space features a much larger dance floor (24x32), ceilings up to 26', industrial power, street level access and is ADA accessible.

We especially looking for long-term regular rentals with a 3 mo minimum commitment.

The MilkBar's main studio features a 24' x 32' sprung marley dance floor, with white walls and high sloping ceilings (between 15' to 26'). It's a quiet reflective space in an old industrial gem with views of the Richmond hills.

Adjoining the main space is a 1000 sf space that includes a workshop, storage, bathrooms, kitchenette, and seating / green room area.

We are the home studio for Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, video artist Ian Winters and video production company 37 North, a thriving artists residency program, the MilkBar salon program and a number of other east bay dance and performance groups. See our website at

A basic PA system and 8 channel lighting set-up is available for renters with an option to rent the space set-up for video / photo shoots.

Our rental focus is on providing space for rehearsals, film & video shoots and workshops along with our artist residency program.

Our rates are extremely affordable ($20/hr and $17/hr for renters using 10 hours or more a month).

We are located just off of 580 near the Richmond Bridge / Pt Richmond and Bay Trail, and approximately 1 mile from the Richmond BART.

New prospective renters should make an appointment to meet with either Mary or Ian for an orientation to the space.

Space Usage EditEdit Space Usage

Permitted Uses Special Event, Rehearsal, Class, Photo Shoot, Video/Film Shoot, Screening, Meeting
Disciplines Dance, Music, Theatre, Film
Restrictions On Use We are a working studio and primarily rent for ongoing rehearsals and filming projects. Only in limited circumstances are we able to consider special events or classes.


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Space requests must be at least 2 days in advance.
Rental must be for at least 2 hours

Booking Policies EditEdit Booking Policies

How To Book

Please review our calendar for prospective open times and then email with your requests along with email and phone number. Either Mary or Ian will get back to you within 48 hours. In general we request at 7 days notice for space bookings, and recommend contacting us at least 4 weeks out.
Membership rates (15hr) are only for 3 month or longer commitments booked 30 days + in advance.
non-profit rate is available for 10 hrs or more at a time booked for non-commercial projects.

Hours Of Operation by appointment or rental only. rehearsal hours are generally between 8am and 10pm.
Rental Policy * Be an existing renter or complete a space orientation at least 7 days in advance with Mary or Ian * Key deposit of $50 * a 50% deposit is required on booking, and payment in full by the first rehearsal. * While we very rarely do so, the MilkBar reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a rehearsal 30 days out if needed by our resident company. Renters will receive credit for a future rehearsal. * Please see the full rental agreement for all rental policies.
Cancellation Policy * cancellations with less than 48 hours notice and no-shows are charged the full rehearsal rate.
Open to last minute space requests. -
Booking Requirements Deposit, References, On site meeting, Proof of liability insurance required, Lease agreement
Rental Personnel -
Performance Personnel -
Payment Types Cash, Check, Credit card
Options -
Other Allowed Activities Live percussion, Amplified music

Features EditEdit Features

Space Dimensions 1750.0 sqft
Space Features Column-free, Mirrors, Raw, Privacy, Uninterrupted wall space, dance floor 24 x 32, approx 1000 sf of ancililliary space (seating, kitchenette, bath, etc). ADA accessible bathroom / dance floor
Technology Cell service, video projector and other AV equipment rental available by special arrangement.
Flooring Sprung wood, Marley laid
Stage Configuration Flexible stage
Stage Dimensions 32 ft x 24 ft with 26 ft ceiling
Seating capacity 40
Seating Flexible seating, flexible studio space with folding chairs, couches and chairs

Equipment EditEdit Equipment

Lighting Fluorescent, Incandescent, Natural lighting/windows, Light board, Lighting instruments
Furniture Chairs, Tables, Ladder
Amenities Dressing rooms, Kitchen/pantry, Secure storage, Green room, Private restroom
Instruments and Accessories Rehearsal piano, Music stands
Audio Equipment Sound system, PA system, MP3/auxiliary input, CD player, Amplifier, Additional audio equipment available by special arrangement.
Video/Film Equipment Digital projector, Projection screen, DVD player, TV/monitor, by special arrangement additional film, video and lighting equipment is available. Equipment includes white, black and green backdrops, a variety of projectors including 3,500 lumen short throw units, 5,000 and 6,000 lumen projectors, cameras, tripods, dolly track, lighting and rigging equipment. Please contact us for details, availability and insurance / rental requirements.
Studio Arts/Maker Equipment Printing, Photography, A 24" large format Epson 7890 large format photo printer and print server is available for self-service printing at a rate of $4/ sf.

Accessibility EditEdit Accessibility

Parking Street parking
Accessibility ADA or AODA compliant, Accessible without stairs, Lobby and house, Patron restrooms, Stage
Audience Services Restrooms, Lobby
Miscellaneous -

Rates EditEdit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Special Event - - - -
Rehearsal $20 $200 - -
Class $20 $200 - -
Photo Shoot - $350 - -
Video/Film Shoot - $350 - -
Screening - - - -
Meeting - - - -

Non-Profit Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Special Event - - - -
Rehearsal $17 - - -
Class $17 - - -
Photo Shoot - - - -
Video/Film Shoot - - - -
Screening - - - -
Meeting - - - -

Membership Rates

Use Hourly Daily Weekly Monthly
Special Event - - - -
Rehearsal $15 - - -
Class $15 - - -
Photo Shoot - - - -
Video/Film Shoot - - - -
Screening - - - -
Meeting - - - -

This space was last updated on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:01PM