New Year’s Eve will mark the end of an era for Teatro ZinZanni’s popular blend of circus, cabaret and dinner. The business must relocate from Pier 29 to make way for the America’s Cup yacht races, but officials expect to reopen their doors on another waterfront property soon enough.
A new waterfront location has been identified, but Managing Director Susan Outlaw said city officials have asked her to not disclose it. “We’re still in negotiations,” Outlaw said. The Barbary Coast neighborhood association recently reported that the theater is likely to move to the corner of Broadway and The Embarcadero.
At its current site, Teatro ZinZanni has been operating under a month-to-month lease. But shows at the Embarcadero location, which have gone on regularly since March 2000, will come to an end Dec. 31.
“For us, the most important thing is to find a permanent home in The City,” Outlaw said, “this is home for us. We didn’t consider any other city.”
Outlaw declined to speculate when the company will pitch a new tent and put on another show.
“We have built a terrific family here in the Spiegeltent over the past 11 years and it will be sad to see that family dispersed, but we remain very hopeful that we can settle on a permanent home and be back in business next year with many familiar faces in place,” Outlaw said.
“The closure will result in a loss of between 80 and 90 arts and hospitality jobs here in The City — which is never a good thing in this economy — but we are hoping to rehire as many as possible once we do reopen the tent,” she said.
Mayor Ed Lee’s spokeswoman Christine Falvey said Teatro ZinZanni and city officials are “steadily moving toward an agreement on a site that will provide this arts organization with a new location.”
Teatro ZinZanni owes its existing home to the efforts of a prior home. The troupe, which started out in Seattle, began putting on shows in San Francisco after Mayor Willie Brown saw a Seattle show and helped the group expand its operations to its current waterfront location.
Outlaw is anticipating higher ticket sales than ever as Teatro ZinZanni prepares to conclude operations in its 35,000-square-foot existing home. Tickets just went on sale for the current performance, and tickets for the holiday season finale go on sale Oct. 3.
“We expect it’s going to feel like a holiday season times five,” Outlaw said.
Pier 27 and part of Pier 29 are slated for demolition to make way for the Port’s construction of a cruise ship terminal in time for the 2013 America’s Cup yacht race.
Circus, cabaret and dinner too
Teatro ZinZanni’s last show at Pier 29 will be on Dec. 31.
$7.1M Annual operating budget
$256,000 Annual port rent
March 2000 Opening date
800,000 Number of patrons who have attended
87 Full-time positions
35,000 Square footage of existing site
Oct. 3 Date holiday season tickets through Dec. 31 go on sale
Source: Teatro ZinZanni