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IMO bigjoe59, yes, on a large screen and a great sound system it does enhance the experience and that is what you are paying extra for – a better presentation. At a 3D screening of Gravity I attended in SF it was presented in a large auditorium on a big screen with a Dolby Atmos sound system. Of course they charged more for it ($19) than the tiny screening room down the hall with regular Dolby ($12). The experience was immersive and quite a ride. Just as 50+ years ago you would expect to pay more for South Pacific or Oklahoma being shown in ToddAO with great stereo sound than a standard 35 mm showing. Theaters without 3D, IMAX ect that have the capacity to do a premium presentation (including curtains, proper masking and good sound) seem to be rare these days. Top price here in SF for Star Wars in IMAX 3D is $21.
An exterior facelift appears to be in progress. Photo added.
Whatever is happening with the Wigwam/Crown/Cine Latino still looks stalled 2 full years after Woody London’s 2 photos were uploaded showing about the same progress as the photo I took yesterday. What does seem clear though is that any vestige of the theater (other than the side walls) is completely gone. By typing in the address on the online SF Building Inspection Permit/Complaint page there appears to be no details for building permits other than 1 that was issued in 2007 although on 3-2-2015 someone lodged a complaint over steel beams being added disturbing neighbors at 3-4am every night when no noise permit had been applied for.
Added 17 new exterior and interior photos – all taken 1-1-16.
Saw Star Wars in 3D in theater #1. Nice big screen and excellent sound with equally excellent 3D projected on a Sony 4K system.
Wondering what the ambient noise level would be like since food is served at your seat and was gratified to see it was kept at an absolute minimum. The back of my seat though got banged a few times by servers as they scurried by.
Also before the movie started a short video announced that the auditorium was a text free, talk free space and that if you violated that rule you would be thrown out. They also played a cell phone message from a disgruntled patron who had been ejected which was hilarious.
The theater (and auditorium #1) looked great – curtains and masking were used. Alamo did a fine job on the renovation of the New Mission.
The New Mission’s status should be changed to Open.
Another SF Chronicle article on the New Mission’s opening next week.
I’ve added 4 new photos – 3 exteriors showing the wider sidewalks and tile work in front of the theater and a long shot taken from an apartment balcony on Twin Peaks showing the bulk of the theater from above.
Star Wars Episode VII will be the first attraction at the Alamo’s New Mission when it opens Dec 17. The first few days of showings are already sold out.
SF Gate – New Mission
As I recall the last time I was in the Empire (one of the upstairs theaters – Bad Education – that’s how long ago it was) the auditorium seating was cramped and the seats not aligned properly with the screen forcing you to look somewhat towards your shoulder to see the screen. The downstairs auditorium is fine. The theater is close to the West Portal Metro station which makes it fairly easy to get to.
I was looking for photos of Hollywood in the 30’s and 40’s recently and came across this wonderful website – Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photo Collection – which has 8 pages of photos of the Chinese Theater from construction to late 1970’s:
I’ve added 3 black and white photos taken in August 1977.
Photo taken in August 1977.
Hi terrywade – Thanks for your comments. Somewhere in my slide collection I have a shot of manager Dan McLean onstage with the Ten-0-Win wheel. Will post it when I find it. I am still in SF, 46+ years now, and also lament the lack of movie theaters on Market St.
I recently bought a scanner and have started going through 55+ years (got my first camera at age 8) of slides and negatives to digitalize. Was surprised to come across several B&W photos I took of the Embassy’s front entrance in March 1977 and have posted 2 of them in the Photos section. Maybe someone knows the lady in the box office? I believe that the ticket taker is manager Dan McLean (who also would spin the 10-0-Win wheel at evening shows).
The link above does not work. Here is a direct link:
Great Opera Houses
SF Chronicle architectural writer John King’s story (with photos) on the reopened Strand Theater. Scroll to the bottom for a 1950 photo of the marquee.
It truly is a shame that all the photos posted of this theater are so blurry. Several years ago (before the CT website upgrade) the photos were nice and sharp.
The (single screen) Hyatt Cinema never showed Cinerama films. I saw a production of South Pacific (with Mary Martin) there when it was a theater in the round in the mid 60’s. After it became a single screen theater in ‘67 or '68 I saw Doctor Zhivago there on it’s very impressive large curved screen. After it was twinned I never went back.
March 8, 1968 was the opening night of Fillmore East.
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According to the Chronicle story in the link I posted May 28 Alamo founder and CEO Tim League is looking for a fall 2015 opening. No exact date set yet.