San Francisco’s Club Mezzanine loses lease, will close in 2019
San Francisco’s iconic Club Mezzanine will be closing in 2019 after 16 years due to losing its lease. The landlord was unwilling to negotiate with the club’s owner, Deborah Jackman, and will look to lease out the space to a tech company with up to a 600 percent rent increase. The club has hosted electronic music acts ranging from Paul Oakenfold to R3HAB to LCD Soundsystem, and will continue to host shows through October 2019.
Jackman made a statement about the club’s discontinuation, saying, “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease. What I find most disturbing is that Mezzanine, like so many other cultural institutions, has fallen victim to corporate greed and commercial development.”
Club Mezzanine’s marketing manager Chris Sanders spoke to SF Weekly, stating they would seek to enlist artists that had “outgrown” performing at the club in the hopes their sentiments would bring them back to perform before the club’s closing.
Photo credit: Jonathan April – Club Mezzanine Gallery