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When campaigning for Aaron Peskin on his first and successful run for District Supervisor, his main platform was saving that movie house! After elected, a complete gut of the building began. Now it sits boarded up with a lame mural and graffiti.
The interior shots viewed by links here and elsewhere, makes my stomach turn to know that is was cast away and not treated as the treasure it should have been. And in the middle of one of the largest artists districts in San Francisco.
Speaking of the Lee’s that operate the 4 Star and Presidio, as was posted above, our family went to the Cars opening weekend there and 20 people were there. It was a Saturday late morning movie. It was such a disappointment to see the lack of people supporting a neighborhood theatre.
I was moved though to witness how Lee family works so hard at the Presidio Theatre: at the window, the door, the concession stand and starting the movies. The bathrooms are clean and the theatres are wonderfully set-up with Red Curtains and wonderful layouts for seating.
Correction: “A Miracle with lots of money needs to happen for the Metro.”
We need to frequent and support our neighborhood theatres by Not always renting DVD’s and by not going to the Meteron or the new theatre in the Emporium. A miracle with lots of money needs to happen for the Metereon.
Please go to movies at these neighborhood theatres and do the same when you travel to other towns, support the neighborhood theatres:
Bridge, 4 Star, Balboa, Empire (Cine Arts), Victoria, Roxie, Castro, Lumiere, Presidio, Vogue, Clay and the Metro, when it reopens.
I worked on some ads for the San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation and e-mailed Alfonso Felder, the President, offering the ads for free and offering my photography to use to bring Awareness to our theatres.
As I sit typing this comment, I can see out of my kitchen window the back of the New Mission marquee and the Wigwam (Cine Latino Theatre) on Mission Street. They just waste away and their interiors are gutted with no preservation for the craftmenship, as well as recycling materials that exist in current structures.
We, San Francisco Citizens, are a progressive people. Why are we not at least beginning with the “Green” factor to begin the process of saving the theatres from being degutted. We can create multi use for the theatres: book signings, art shows, minglers, fundraisers. We need to be creative with the function of the theatres and make them alive with people, money and lights on!
I hope to hear from Alfonso. If anyone wants to contact me directly, please do so and I will work with you on being active and share with you the ads and more detail of my ideas above.
I wish I was an old, blue haired lady with millions to donate, for it would go to the Metro and then those following that needed the support and then a marketing plan to keep the theatres producing revenue.
From a 1998 review on the remodeling it states that the single screen
theatre seats 856, women’s bathroom is outfitted with a sofa-lined parlor and that it can boast as to having more neon coursing through its sign than any other storefront in San Francisco.
Actually, I do not believe that the Rock Climbing establishment is set up in Cine Latino. They are currently at 2295 Harrison Street. I just did a walk-by and the place is dead. Unless the back door is used. I will walk back tomorrow morning and also check out the sign that Wigwam mentions can be seen from Capp Street.
Anyhow, here is an article regarding Mission Street development issues and it is possible that the Rock Climbing did not have the support it truly felt it needed from the community so they are at Harrison Street:
Below is a link for the Theatre-available for retail space. It also indicates that the building was erected in 1911