Clay Theatre

2261 Fillmore Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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ChuckVanBibber
ChuckVanBibber on October 28, 2003 at 4:42 pm

The Clay Theatre was built in 1910 and has been operated by Landmark Theatres since 1991. The mighty Clay is one of the oldest theatres in San Francisco. Built in 1910 by the renown Naify Brothers, builders of the first movie screen in town, the New Fillmore, the Clay was first a nickelodeon house. In April of 1935, Herbert Rosenor reopened the Clay as The Clay International, a foreign film showcase. In the early 1970’s the theatre was part of the Surf Theatres group, run by pioneering San Francisco film exhibitor Mel Novikoff. In 1972, the Clay hosted the first midnight movie in San Francisco with the premiere of John Water’s Pink Flamingos, and also hosted many other controversial films, including The Life of Brian. Since Landmark assumed management in 1991, the Clay has enjoyed such improvements as digital sound, new seats and an extensive refurbishment of its art deco and classic Greek accoutrements. The combination of classic appointments and modern aminities has helped keep the Clay a comfortable, laid-back place to see unique film programming for almost a century.

GaryParks
GaryParks on October 28, 2003 at 11:20 am

Opened in the ‘Teens, the Clay is still in operation, and has recently been nicely refurbished. The ornamentation on the upper portion of the facade is original.

unknown
unknown on October 24, 2003 at 12:17 pm

This was a long running art house theater. Walter Reade Theaters ran it for years. Landmark was the last operator of this theater. Very popular theater for foreign films in its day. (Lina Wertmueller’s films were very popular here, in particular the 1977 film Swept Away.)