Gate Theater

668 Bridgeway Avenue,
Sausalito, CA 94965

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Gate Theatre exterior

Viewing: Photo | Street View

I purchased a postcard with a shot of the marquee in it. The facade reads “Gate”, but the marquee reads “Marin Theater…To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy” which would put the shot around 1955 if it was the initial release.

The former theater now serves as an art gallery.

Contributed by jerry kovar

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 3, 2005 at 11:59 am

Thanks Ken. I don’t want to overwork you but I have one more theater. I don’t know what to make of this one. Its called the X Theater. I’m not sure if it was X-rated or were all the good theater names in L.A. already taken and the owner settled for “X”. Here is a link with a photo and an address:
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KenRoe
KenRoe on March 3, 2005 at 12:06 pm

lostmemory;
It’s listed as X 1 & 2, Hollywood, CA.
/theaters/8436/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 3, 2005 at 12:17 pm

Okay, thanks again Ken. If I find anymore theaters I’ll let you know.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Thinking about jerry kovar’s introductory paragraph, I suspect that the reason attraction board lettering on the Gate’s marquee said “Marin Theatre” when the signage said Gate in the 1955 photo is most likely that the Gate was closed and its attraction board was being used to advertise the Marin Theatre.

The October 24, 1953, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the Gate Theatre had been closed by the Blumenfeld circuit. I found a 1945 Boxoffice item mentioning the Marin Theatre, and the Gate Theatre was also in operation at that time, so they were different theaters. Both houses were operated by Blumenfeld. It’s unlikely that Marin Theater is an actual aka for the Gate Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I found additional Boxoffice references to the Gate Theatre, as well as a few non-Boxoffice mentions. The July 17, 1954, issue repeated that the Gate had been closed, and said that plans for its modernization had been discarded.

Then in the issue of December 4, 1961, there was an item saying that Diane Varsi, retired from her Hollywood film career, was making her theatrical debut and directing two short plays at the Sausalito Gate Theatre.

The Gate was apparently a playhouse for several years. I found a reference to the San Francisco Mime Troupe performing a Brecht play at the Gate in 1965, and one about actor George Ede playing Antonio in a production of “The Merchant of Venice” at the Gate in 1964.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Something’s a little wrong with the 668 Bridgeway address. In the 1948 movie, “Impact” there’s a scene filmed further up Bridgeway, where the square borders it. The Gate Theater is clearly visible in the background, on the left side of the street. I think the theater stood where the oddly shaped modern building is now, the last building on the left, at the t-bone intersection of Bridgeway and Princess. The building I’m referring to is occupied by the store, “Jewelry by the Bay”.

Celeste
Celeste on August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I adjusted the Google Street View of what the then Gate Theater is now for you. I went to The Gate Theater when I was kid. We lived in Sausalito. It was really cool inside. It was a small Movie Theater, but it had a lot of cute features.

Celeste
Celeste on August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Here’s a picture of The Gate Theater from the 1950’s. http://gallery.me.com/jason.lewis/100678/slide991/web.jpg

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on August 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

I have to admit that I was very wrong when I posted my previous comment. The “modern building” I referred to has been there since the late 30s, and the Gate theater was actually in the very old building to the left of it.

Celeste
Celeste on August 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

Here’s an Article about The Gate Theater from the Website “Our Sausalito”: The Gate Theatre — Located at 668 Bridgeway in Sausalito in a spot now occupied by an art gallery, this movie theatre was built as the Princess Theatre (being near Princess St.) and was renamed the Gate in honor of the new Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930’s. By 1953 it had come under the control of the Blumenfeld family, who over time acquired most of the movie houses in the County. As television sets became standard features of American homes movie attendance dropped and The Gate was closed in favor of the nearby Marin Theatre (now Cinearts at Marin, a modernized three-screen facility), also then owned by the Blumenfelds. Some stage productions were still held at The Gate through the mid-60’s, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe called the place home in 1965. The Grateful Dead played there at least once in the mid-1960’s.

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