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Shapeshifters Cinema and Brewery

About Us

Shapeshifters Cinema and Brewery is an experimental microcinema with an on-site microbrewery 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.

Our mission is reinforced by a passion for one of the oldest traditional beverages, beer, which shares the same power of experimental cinema to give context to events taking place in our ever changing world, connect us to history, and strengthen our community. We brew beer on-site in our tiny 1 BBL Nano Brewery. We experiment with locally sourced California grown and seasonal ingredients. and small batch, hand-crafted adjuncts.

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


567 5th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Shapeshifters Cinema sits on the historic territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Muwekma Ohlone, successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County.

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


We are open on show nights only, currently. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, unless otherwise noted. Masks are required for entry.


Coming Up!

Jack London Brewing District Block Party

Saturday, August 6, 2022
1:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Original Pattern Brewing
5th and Alice Oakland, CA (map)

We'll be pouring our beer alongside the numerous breweries located in the Jack London District, plus many others. A ticket gets you a tasting glass, some brewery schwag, and unlimited pours! $30 advance tickets, $40 at the door. Get your tickets and we'll see you there!

Our Brewhouse

Our tiny 1 BBL "nano-brewery" is an all-electric, 3 kettle, American-made stainless steel wonder manufactured by Blichmann Engineering. Each batch makes approximately two 15.5 gallon kegs, or about 248 pints of beer, which we ferment in a stainless steel unitank. Temperature is accurately controlled with a tiny glycol chiller. Every batch of beer is a hand crafted work of art.

Our Beers

At Land India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV, 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.
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A Touch of Magic Kölsch Style Ale, 5.3% ABV, is deceptively simple, with soft malty breadiness that sets the stage for subtle notes of apple and pear. Then through a sleight of hand, a hint of lemony citrus emerges, a mineral crispness, clean and dry. For the finale,... it vanishes!
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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.
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Barbary Fig India Pale Ale Brewed with Prickly Pear is a fruity, juicy IPA. EL Nopal is a cactus native to México. This beer was fermented on its fruit, known as La Tuna in spanish, or Prickly Pear or Barbary Fig. The word Nopal is derived from nōpalli, from the Aztec language Nahuatl. Nopales, including the pads or leaves, fruit, and seeds, have been used for thousands of years. Our backyard nopal has been in our family for generations, and we hope to pass on its fruit and the culture it embodies to generations to come.
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Comcast RISE awards a small business grant to Shapeshifters Cinema and Brewery!
We were awarded a small business grant and a year of free business consulting and education from the Comcast RISE program. Comcast RISE in total gave $11 million in grants to small businesses in 422 cities across the country. More about the program here...

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...

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

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