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Here’s hoping. But nothing I’ve heard as yet. I’ll do my best to give any updates with evidence and citing my work.
As mentioned, I was unable to attend last evening. However, report came from Brian Darr who writes the fine blog “Hell on Frisco Bay” whom reported on the Twitter that before the final showing that former Bridge manager Joshua Grannell (who’s alter-ego Peaches Christ held “MIdnight Mass” at the Bridge for so many years) gave a very moving speech.
Following this evening’s (12/27/12) screening of “Perks of a Wallflower” which begins at 9:30pm Pacific time, the Bridge theatre will be closing it’s doors.
The great city of San Francisco will be losing yet another movie theatre. This time one of it’s grandest single screen venues..
“ Built in 1939. Operated by Landmark since 1991. Only one mile west of Japan Town and one mile south of the Presidio, the Bridge Theatre is conveniently and centrally located in the Inner Richmond District. Named after the Golden Gate bridge which was built two years before, it is one of San Francisco’s most beloved single-screen movie palaces, featuring independent films and foreign language cinema since the 1950s.”
I had great opportunity to visit the Bridge on my trips to SF, it was a grand venue and I’m sad to see it go.
This 73 year old defined what it means to be a cinema treasure. Such a shame it only received 25 comments and will be forgotten, where nondescript complexes are allowed to have thousands of senseless comments with meaning to only one person.
of course they were.
It’s got more to do with it being around Rockefeller Center and that is where the Christmas Tree, skating rink, etc.
see I can speculate too.
Why does it amaze you or anyone?
To the developers and those whom own the buildings it’s just a piece of real estate.
and c'mon it’s downtown Newark NJ. People need police escorts to get from the train and or parking lots to the Prudential Center.
Do you really think that a single screen theatre in Newark NJ would be a profitable venue?
“January 5, 2003. It has since been demolished, and a health club was built on the site.”
why is status showing as closed?
The RitzBourse has been really trying hard of late and I appreciate the effort.
On my recent visits here (12/8/12 and 12/15/12) the program was started by having an employee welcome us and re-inforce the no texting/talking. Sad that it even needs to be mentioned- those whom patronize these ‘sorts of films’ you think would know better.
Unfortunately on the 15th, you really couldn’t hear the announcement since Landmark started a “Landmark radio” which they kept on while this poor bloke tried to speak.
Other than that, I had much better experiences there than last time. Still no sign of hobos looking for chicken though.
I was at the screening of “Gypsy” as well, and the picture quality was great. I didn’t stay for “Love with the Proper Stranger” as I hadn’t eaten yet ( I dashed right over to the Castro after a morning showing of Lincoln at the Century)
During my visit to SF in Nov of 2012. I was at the Castro a total of 4 times. Each time was a good experience with the projection and of course the Mighty Wurlitzer.
Only gripe was when I attended “Lawless” the audience was a bit like the usual movie going experience ( talking, texting, etc) and that put me off.
I made it back here in Nov of 2012. Wanted to catch the film “Lincoln” before it opened wide. Such a great experience (granted since I had an early morning screening before the rest of the Centre opened I had to find an open side door) employees pleasant, patrons well behaved (including a school group seeing the film for history class) the seats were more comfortable than I remember. This theatre complex allows you to use your phone for your ticket.
why don’t you go and see the different versions, then come back and actually give us a real report.
“ From what I heard…” that isn’t really helpful to anyone.
For example, I saw the Digital IMAX 3D in my region and really enjoyed the picture quality, it was beautifully shot and nicely told version.
Not EVERY IMAX 3D showing of this film will have the Star Trek preview attached, please do your homework before coming on here.
I think this member was looking for someone to give him a more definitive answer.
Another San Francisco single screen theatre will be meeting its demise. When speculation as to why “Perks of Being a Wallflower” was still playing there, reports came across twitter that in fact at the end of the year it will be closing.
So anyone in San Francisco, please get to this great old venue before New Year’s Eve.
They updated a few of the pages, it’s going to be a 154 minute print. But the 197 minute claim is still on the main page for the festival. THAT is the one they should worry about changing. I’ve had the opportunity to see this movie in 70mm at the Castro in SF. I’m sure that the WR is a fine venue and I’m happy that actual film , esp 70mm is being celebrated- but the size of the screen might not allow full enjoyment of the film. I’ll pass.
Digital IMAX screen opens at this theatre on 11/16/12 with “Skyfall”. Was originally to be open to co-incide with films release date.
Kudos to AMC and Van Ness management for reaching out to me to make me aware of that situation.
Great news about the Roxy. It’s going to be the new home of the Philadelphia Film Society. One of the screens will be digital and the other remaining 35mm so they’ll be able to show the classics. It will be seen in the model of The Film Forum in NYC.
Here’s the article from Philly.com
More about the Strand being taken over by ACT..
From the blog MissionMission.org- some nice memorances of the Lumiere..
Please change status to closed and by using the article linked above (thank you) to fill out the lackluster description above.
business is still very brisk at the AMC Neshaminy. Today whilst attending an early screening of “The Master” (9/22/12) the smallish theatre was quite full, but audience not all that well behaved. It might be time for Bruce the Shark from “Finding Nemo” to really show up.
There was also a preview screening of “Hotel Transylvania” going on in one of the bigger screens. I have to admit I was a bit confused by the overzealous security staff with metal detecting wands I thought AMC merged with the TSA for a moment.
Instead of the cutesy wootsey animated segments at the start of movies ( which seem to be lost on people) it might be time to have someone address the audience either in person or via recorded segment as to how to behave when attending a movie.
There’s a meeting on October 12, 2012 to discuss the upkeep and development plans for the Alexandria.
“Peter Lauterborn, Legislative Aide to Supervisor Mar tells us, “the theater will stay part theater, part commercial, while the back lot is mixed use, with commercial on the ground floor and residences above.”
Further information about the meeting can be found below….
Sad news today from the Twitter feed of Brian Darr of the “Hell on Frisco Bay” blog.
“Just got publicist confirmation that the Lumiere Theatre will no longer be operated by @LandmarkLTC after this Sunday. A sad end to an era.‘
[ Sunday 9/23/12]
no word as yet as to if another operator will take over.
From SocketSite.com- please enjoy a photo with different angle of the classic marquee and also a planned interior layout, find it below…
Please too, keep in mind that you’ll also find a comment section at the bottom of that page as well. That is more the place for snarky comments about the state of restorations in San Francisco, not a site mainly for Cinema Treasures.
The Stanford Theatre will be celebrating Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary with a festival that will go on the rest of 2012 and into 2013 a bit I am sure.
The first part of the festival, from 1930 to 1935 (and even some pre 1930) are running now until November 2nd.
Here’s the link for information with the schedule..
Glad you had a nice time, thank you for uploading the photo and bringing something to the site- and hope you enjoyed your visit to San Francisco.
The Vogue is alive and well and under the auspices of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation
“The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation (SFNTF) is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the City’s last remaining neighborhood cinemas. Movie theaters make important contributions to the unique character of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and are important economic engines for local commercial districts. Today, only a dozen neighborhood movie theaters remain in San Francisco.”
The website should be listed as…
It now looks like the Alamo might not be ready until December 2013 at the EARLIEST
“The Wall Street Journal today has an update on the project, which still doesn’t take its plans to the Historic Preservation Commission until this December. That puts their opening now out to late 2013 at the earliest, which may make some impatient Mission denizens sad.”
Full article here…