Special Perks During Last Days of Campaign
The Speakeay's WeFunder campaign is closing on August 18. Between now and then, we are offering special perks to new investors and anyone who increases their investment.
Tucked away deep within The Palace Theatre is the framework for our newest bar, The Gas Lamp Lounge. Delayed during original construction, we are now ready to put on the finishing touches and open this space to the public.
Every dollar invested between now and August 18 will be dedicated to opening The Gas Lamp Lounge, and investors will receive the following perks:
VIP Grand Opening and Tasting
Every investor will receive an invitation to the VIP Grand Opening and cocktail tasting in the completed Lounge. In addition ...
Every investor who contributes $250 or more will receive an engraved Speakeasy flask. In addition ...
Name Your Own Cocktail
Every investor who contributes $2,500 or more will be invited to name one of the new cocktail creations served exclusively in The Gas Lamp Lounge. In addition ...
Name our Head Bartender
The investor who contributes the most will be the namesake of the Gas Lamp Lounge's lead character!
The opening of the Gas Lamp Lounge will drive revenue and profit for The Speakeasy, another benefit for all investors. This is your last chance to participate in our success. Please make your investment today!
The Speakeasy is Immersive Theatre
More than 15,000 people have already experienced our one-of-a-kind show.
Profitable After Just Four Months
"I was sitting on a fake antique couch, decked out in a suit and hat, as a group of moderately drunk women tried to figure out who around here was “real.”
worth of tickets sold in first eight months
Our 2014 Production Sold Out 75 Consecutive Shows
The first production proved our concept and was a runaway hit.
More than 8,300 people crammed into a tiny venue to see our 2014 show. But in June of 2015, our landlord kicked us out so a law firm could move in. But we were tenacious and found our current, 9,000sqft location and began crafting our current production that's bigger, better, and more unbelievable—using everything we learned in our first go-round.
Our first location in the Tenderloin district.
In 2014: Profitable in Just 14 Weeks
We recovered our startup cost and gave a 56% return to investors.
In the two months before we were forced to close the show, we were profitable enough to earn a return for our investors. That was a great day: sitting around the kitchen table stuffing envelopes with letters and checks for each of our investors, thanking them for their confidence and returning 100% of their money with another 56% on top.
Return to investors
Our New Show is Three Times Bigger
We've poured $2 million into buildout of our new 9,000 sqft venue.
Two bars, a circular cabaret, a casino complete with craps, blackjack and roulette, and a one-way mirror in the chorus girls’ dressing room are some of the highlights of the show. It’s impossible to experience everything in one visit – or even two or three – and the plan is to so dazzle audiences that they will return again and again.
Ready to Utilize Our Beautiful Space Every Day of the Week
Our greatest asset is the venue itself. People fall in love with the authentic detail and the secret pass-throughs, and imagine hosting their own events. But there are other assets as well. The characters, the costumes, the cocktail menu. And our brand reputation. So we are using these assets to create satellite programming, special events, and private events in the space.
We just booked our first wedding, and we’ve hosted several birthday parties, and corporate events. There’s even a bar mitzvah on the schedule.
We’ve received lots of corporate leads through our ticket buyers. After they’ve seen the show, they start thinking about what a great place this is for a company party or a client entertainment event.
New programming ideas include Neo Vaudeville, Havana Nights, and Drag Brunch. Most of these can be produced with little investment by the company, and will bring new audiences through our doors.
Hear From the Critics
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The San Francisco Chronicle Gave Us Its Highest Rating
Part of what makes The Speakeasy such a special event are the number of intricate layers revealed — about the storyline, the set, and your experience with both — as you go along. You’re given passwords and strict instructions on staying mum over the course of the evening..."
- The Bold Italic
I spent a lot of time trying to find The Next Big Thing in theater. Boxcar Theatre's new production, The Speakeasy, is giving the S.F. theater scene some much-needed much ado...I am thrilled to say that The Speakeasy makes a strong case for being the best bar in San Francisco."
- SF Weekly
Hear From Our Fans
Our fans say it's an experience like no other and will come back for more.
"The Speakeasy went above and beyond expectations, the actors were brilliant and the detail was impressive. No matter what, everyone will have a unique experience as the immersive play surrounds you and can shift and change. It's fun following the story line and comparing notes with your friends at the end."
- Hannah W.
The ambiance at The Speakeasy is incredible. You really feel like you've gone back in time. The full theatrical experience of the event is so hard to describe because every time you go, you'll have a different experience. I expect I'll be returning again and again. And I look forward to introducing all my friends to this amazing time warp."
- David A R.
Have a Look Behind the Curtain
The Speakeasy takes you back in time. Don't believe us? Take a peak below.
Invest, and Join the Show
Dear investors and theatre fanatics,
We’re crowdfunding because so many of our fans – audience members, performers, even our banker and insurance agent! – were so in love with the first production that they wanted to help the new version thrive. This is so much more than an investment that you only connect with once a month when they email you a PDF statement.
This is an investment you can touch, you can sip, you can immerse yourself in, you can talk about and share with others. Check out our investor benefits. They’re intended to make you feel like big deal every time you come to visit us – and you are!