One of the more spectacular themes was (and happened to come) "Ready-Made." Hausman's father had produced the film "Silkwood," and when production shut down, the nuclear-reactor set was going to be tossed out. So Shawn and Eric flew to Texas and drove it back to New York in a 24-foot Ryder truck. Sex, of course, was an ongoing theme at Area. There was talk of something called "gay cancer," but AIDS wasn't yet feared. At either end of the women's bathroom, projectors were set up so that films could be seen in the lounge or on the dance floor. People would sneak in and have sex in the space between the projector and the screen, giving hundreds of people a wild shadow show.
Area was known for its elaborate themes, which changed roughly every six weeks, and for its vitrines, which often displayed live animals and people. The indoor pool on a ˜˜Sports'' night.