Strand Theatre

1127 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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RobertR
RobertR on November 29, 2004 at 9:17 pm

My friend ran this theatre for about a year. Even when it ran regular movies it was a sex house.

davidkaye
davidkaye on November 29, 2004 at 9:00 pm

The Strand name survives today in the name of Strand Releasing, a company co-founded by Thomas to distribute independent films. It is based in the Los Angeles area, as he had built the Strand into a small chain of art houses in the early 1980s.

BabyJaneHudson
BabyJaneHudson on November 14, 2004 at 7:47 pm

Thank you, Tillmany, for the correct update on info for this theater. Where do some people get their info???
I knew the info was wrong when I saw the mentionof MAe West. You are correct that she appeared at the Warfield for the premiere of Sextette.

Tillmany
Tillmany on October 22, 2004 at 12:36 pm

The Strand did not open in 1916 as the Empress as stated above.
(The Empress was down the street about three blocks, opened in 1910,
and was later known as the Strand (but not THIS Strand), and
was permanently renamed the St. Francis in 1925. It closed in 2000.)
The Strand we are dealing with here opened October 27, 1917 as the JEWEL, and was re-named the SUN on January 24, 1920, and then the COLLEGE on August 14, 1920. It became the FRANCESCA on November 5, 1921, and (finally) the STRAND in 1928.
Contrary to the above comments, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Sophia Loren did not appear there. They all appeared at the WARFIELD,a different theatre entirely, q.v.
However, under the auspices of Mike Thomas, Jane Russell did indeed appear for a presentation of The Outlaw, & Carroll Baker did likewise for a revival of Baby Doll.