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stevenj commented about Anderson Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

In 1971 the Cockettes, a San Francisco hippy drag troupe, brought their show to the Anderson which turned out to be a disaster for them. From the website NoeHill, a photo of the marquee and a hand drawn playbill for Pearls Over Shanghai and their film Tricia’s Wedding both of which failed to wow the crowds:

Cockettes 1971

stevenj commented about New Parkway Theater on Apr 2, 2015 at 8:39 am

From today’s SFGate:

New Parkway

stevenj commented about Century San Francisco Centre 9 on Mar 23, 2015 at 6:25 am

The current name of the shopping center is Westfield San Francisco Centre. The theatre’s address on their website is 845 Market. On Fandango the address is listed as 845 Market #500.

stevenj commented about Market Street Cinema on Nov 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

Market St Theaters

In this morning’s SF Chronicle John King details the Mid Market push for more high-rise housing/office and the lack of esthetics of some of them. A few of the addresses sounded familiar. The project for 1066 Market (across the street from the Market St Cinema) will replace a small building and parking lot that was once the long ago demolished Paramount. The empty lot mentioned at 1125 Market is the site of the quake damaged, then demolished Embassy Theater.

stevenj commented about Grand Theater on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm

This theater’s status should be “open”. Gray Area has a 10 year lease on the theater and has been presenting events since May 31, 2014.

3 new pictures posted.

stevenj commented about New Mission Theater on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

2 new photos added today – one of the marquee and blade shrouded in netting and with a banner claiming a 2015 opening and the other taken from the corner of 22nd and Mission showing the changing landscape in the Mission.

stevenj commented about What about the curtains? on Sep 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

John Rice…Add the Castro Theatre in San Francisco to your very short list of theaters in the SF Bay Area to still use curtains and masking properly.

stevenj commented about Palmer Theatre on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

The current site where the Palmer Theater stood has been altered several times. The last time it was remodeled it was built as 2 storefronts, one for a title company and the other the Wells Fargo branch Joe Vogel mentioned above. Prior to that is was a Rite Aid, before that the venerable Surf Super grocery store and before that the above mentioned auto repair shop.

Linked here is a Nov 2003 story from the local Noe Valley Voice about the Palmer Theater and Noe Valley’s other neighborhood theaters.


stevenj commented about Alexandria Theatre on May 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

Direct link:


stevenj commented about Reuben H. Fleet Science Center IMAX Theater on May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

On my last 2 visits to San Diego (last week and 2 years ago) I saw IMAX films at this domed venue. Both times the films (Journey to the South Pacific and Mysteries of the Unseen World – last week) seemed under lit and less than sharply focused. I was told by the person selling tickets both were being projected in 70mm. I have seen countless conventional 70mm films on large screens that were brilliant and sharp so wondering why the quality is not good at the Space Theater. Also it looked like there was a hole in the screen. I know this theater has been around since the 70’s but it seems like the quality of presentation has become 2nd rate. Anyone know why?

stevenj commented about Loma Theatre on Jan 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

etcmss…McArthur played only 10 weeks at the Loma in 1977 while Saturday Night Fever ran 26 weeks. Meanwhile Star Wars tied up the nearby Valley Circle for 57 weeks starting in 1977 and into 1978. San Diego may still have been a big military town in the late 70’s but my guess is that the movie going taste of the young soldiers and sailors stationed there favored disco and sci fi action rather than the famous WW2 general.

stevenj commented about Superman turns 35 and more on Jan 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

Is the Cleopatra link broken? When I click on it Die Hard comes up.

stevenj commented about Merry Christmas from Cinema Treasures on Dec 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

The other categories of updated theaters (closed, renovating, etc) are listed under the map of the world on the Updated Theaters page and can be accessed by clicking on them. Happy Holidays everyone. Cheers.

stevenj commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Mr Senda’s 2006 comments on the location are slightly off. The Bank of America building to the right of the now gone Paris Theater is the historic Humboldt Bank Building. The Men’s Wearhouse currently occupies the ground floor. The Ross store he mentions is at the southeast corner of 4th and Market and in a building built on the site of the demolished State (California) Theater. Currently a coffee shop sits right where the Paris Theater once stood and to it’s left is Yerba Buena Lane, a pedestrian promenade leading south to Mission St.

stevenj commented about AMC Loews Metreon 16 on Oct 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

hdtv267 – Saw 3D Gravity here on Sunday in auditorium 13 which was outfitted with a Dolby Atmos sound system Dolby Atmos link and a medium size curving screen. Very good 3D and sound, the low frequency effects felt like they were going right through you. The film was released with a Dolby Atmos sound track BTW. Why auditorium 13 and not IMAX? My friend, who bought the tickets in advance at the Metreon in person the day before, asked the ticket seller if Gravity was presented in IMAX ($19) using the entire screen. He was told no – that the Metreon would no longer show true IMAX as the projectors had all been switched out to digital. So he opted for the Atmos presentation ($15) which I have to say was quite impressive. Most of the films (Apocalypse Now Redux, Spiderman, Avatar) I’ve seen at the Metereon IMAX theater over the years have not been projected on the whole screen but looked like blowups using maybe 60 – 70% of the screen.

stevenj commented about TCL Chinese renovation unveiled on Sep 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thanks for posting this KenRoe.

In the text:

“It has the third largest commercial IMAX screen in North America.”

Anyone know where the largest commercial IMAX screens in North America or worldwide are? The top 10?

stevenj commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Mike (saps) – worked like a charm.

stevenj commented about Pagoda Theatre on Aug 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Direct link Here

stevenj commented about Pagoda Theatre on Aug 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Re: the Curtain-finally-falls article linked above- it left me with the impression that the theater was now a pile of rubble when I saw the article online earlier this morning. The blade is not being torn down Wednesday as reported. It’s gone today. The “walls” Nevius refers to are the Powell St and Columbus Ave walls on the front of the building. The auditorium walls are still up including the back wall with stairway and bathroom exposed. A demolition worker at the site said it would take about a month to demolish the whole theater and cart all the debris away. I posted a couple photos of the demolition that were taken today.

stevenj commented about Starlite Drive-In on Aug 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

The correct address of this long gone drive in at the Cinematour link provided by Element1604 is 300 Harbor Blvd. It was near the intersection of Harbor and Industrial Rd.

stevenj commented about Pagoda Theatre on Jul 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

The SFMTA demolition notice stating June 27 as the start date.

stevenj commented about St. Francis Theatre on Jun 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

Mark Ellinger’s fabulous blog (with some great photos of not only the St Francis but many of the other theaters between 5th and 9th St) Up From The Deep chronicles the section of Market St known as Mid Market:

While change is in the air for this stretch of Market St with Twitter buying up an entire building near 9th St and other internet companies being swooned by the City to set up headquarters in hopes of a revitalization, and the shopping mall going in where the St Francis stood near 5th St, it still remains mostly run down.

Last year I found a copy of Abby Wasserman’s book Praise, Vilification & Sexual Innuendo or, How to be a Critic – The Selected Writings of John L Wasserman 1964 – 1979 (the late entertainment critic for the SF Chronicle) in a used book store. One of the chapters “Movies that Suck” features his review of “Street People” at the St Francis. The (hilarious) review is more about the experience of going to the St Francis in the mid 70’s and a few of the customers seated around him than the actual film itself.

stevenj commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

I grew up on the SF Peninsula (San Carlos) during the 50’s and 60’s and the Fox was one of 3 theaters (along with the Laurel and Carlos in San Carlos) that became nearby homes away from homes to escape the parents. During that time the Fox showed mostly 1st run American International horror films and 20th Century Fox releases. The auditorium was in great shape then and quite beautiful. The proscenium was drape covered and lit with alternating colors at intermission. There was a round clock above the left front exit tunnel lit in blue neon and the name of a local nearby car dealer (EZ Davies – who probably paid for it) across the top half. Sneaking up to the balcony without getting caught was the Saturday matinee game we played with the uniformed usherettes (never using the lobby grand entrance but the one to the right of the snack bar). Saw many many Elvis/Christopher Lee/Vincent Price films here.

stevenj commented about AMC 1000 Van Ness on Feb 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

Burtonic: Yes, the Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Nessas well as several others were picketed along Van Ness Ave’s Auto Row in the early 60’s over hiring policies that excluded African Americans.

hdtv267: What size screen do they use for IMAX at this theater? The Metreon has a gigantic screen (at the time it was built it was one of the largest in North America). Don’t go to this theater much as I’ve never cared for the $1.98 decorating of the auditoriums and the shopping mall cookie cutter look of the theater itself. The building and lobby (the old Cadillac showroom) are beautiful but otherwise the theaters could be anywhere.

stevenj commented about New Mission Theater on Jan 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

From the Alamo Drafthouse page for San Francisco. Pictures of the interior are at the link at the end of the last sentence.