About Us

Shapeshifters Cinema is an experimental microcinema located in Oakland, CA. Our mission is to provide a venue and support for contemporary artists working with experimental and artist-made film, video, sound, music and other types of mediated performance. In addition to regular, live events, we offer workshops on experimental moving image and sound production and a storefront shop specializing in print publications, sound recordings and other artist-made media. 

For upcoming expanded cinema performances, filmmaking workshops, and other events in our cinema, visit ShapeshiftersCinema.com

We brew beer onsite in our tiny 1 BBL Nano Brewery. We experiment with locally sourced California grown, seasonal ingredients and small batch, hand-crafted adjuncts.


567 5th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Our building is wheelchair-accessible and has one wheelchair-accessible bathroom.


Our building is temporarily closed to the public, except for special pop-up events. You will find our programming for the foreseeable future on-line.


Upcoming Events in the Brewery

Beer Release: Featuring At Land India Pale Ale and Ice Cold Popcorn Ale

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Shop will be open from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Drop by our shop for the release of our inaugural beers, brewed and bottled at Shapeshifters Cinema and Brewery! We will be making them available for purchase to go. Each beer comes in a 4-pack of 500ml bottles (16.9 oz).

At Land India Pale Ale is a beer we have been dreaming about, a beer that we had to brew once we had our own brewery. It’s made from California grown barley and wheat sourced from California family farms that use sustainable practices and malted locally by Admiral Maltings in Alameda and loads of beautiful whole cone Cascade hops from the Victory Lee Hop Farm located on the Sacramento River, a project of California Beer Farms. Hops were added to the mash, added at first wort, added for bittering and flavor, added whirlpool and of course dry hopped during fermentation.

Ice Cold Popcorn Ale is the perfect movie theater beer. Whole popped popcorn is added to the mash along with loads of flaked corn and super light Admiral Pils malted barley. A dash of Cluster hops, an old timey North American native, adds just enough bite to call it beer. This beer is clean, clear, and perfect for a midday matinee or hunkering down in the back row with a tall bag of heavily salted popped corn.

open house and pop-up market

Shapeshifters Open House & Pop-up Market

Saturday, December 18, 2021, 1-6pm

Join us for our first public event since March of 2020! We will be hosting an Open House and Pop-up Market from 1-6pm. More info at ShapeshiftersCinema.com

About Our Brewery

Our brewery is a nano brewery located in the back of an cinema in an old Victorian Building. We brew 1 BBL at a time.


Shapeshifters' store is now open for business (on-line only, currently)! Our store features an eclectic range of DVDs, books, CDs and other artist-made items. Browse the selection here

Browse the full selection



KQED article

Shapeshifters In the News
In the wake of SFMOMA's announcement to cut its historically-significant and beloved film program, KQED journalist Sarah Hotchkiss wrote a great article looking at how this affects the over-all ecology of the Bay Area film culture and the film programs and microcinemas (including Shapeshifters) that continue to cultivate it. Read the article here.

jlid logo

Jack London Improvement District awards funds to Shapeshifters for our merch expansion!
Due to restrictions brought on by the global pandemic and for the safety of our community, we shut down for over a year... but we did not stop! In addition to livestreaming artists' work and hosting artist-led workshops, we opened a retail shop online. We are expanding and building out a shop at our venue with the help of funds provided by the Jack London Improvement District (BID). The funds will go towards building a wall of shelves and stocking up on artists books, records, DVDS, CDs, unique works of art, and handmade goods. Check out the announcement and the full list of award winners.

Thank you to all of our donors & funders
We rely on individual donations to support artists and operate our cinema. We are immensely grateful for their contributions. View the list of donors

Join the Shapeshifters Cinema Mailing List


Instagram Feed


Keep In Touch

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

connect /-\ shapeshifterscinema.com