Victoria Theatre

2961 16th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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GaryParks
GaryParks on April 8, 2004 at 1:25 pm

This theatre was built circa 1908, not long after the ‘06 earthquake and fire. The man behind its construction was the father of Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, who became Governor of California, and whose son Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. (Mayor of Oakland as of 2004) also became Governor.
At one point, the Victoria was known as the 16th Street Theatre, and a mosaic with this name still exists on the floor of the ticket lobby, with a later, circa 1930 box office partly obscuring it.
The facade of the mainly brick-built theatre is stucco, and done in a Mission Revival style. There is a circa 1930 marquee, which once had neon, and still retains its chaser-light-bordered reader board. There is also a nice vertical sign, which likewise once featured neon, and today has the Victoria name nicely painted.