Warfield Theatre

982 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on April 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

Name change came shortly after the FOX was closed and torn down. That was in the 60’s. The FOX WARFIELD was not even close to being the original FOX.

slip
slip on March 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Does anyone know when the name changed from Loews Warfield Theater to Fox Warfield and then to Warfield Theater?

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on September 26, 2010 at 1:07 am

The district office for National General Theatres/later Mann Theatres was just upstairs in the office building of the Fox Warfield Building. The company did a lot of storefront leases on theatres and buildings they owned.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on September 26, 2010 at 12:19 am

An interesting fact thatI have never read on C.T. that many theatres like this one,the building was just not a theatre but an office building too.Even in those days Loews and many other theatre companys knew that a theatre was not a good way to make money.The rent on the offices and storefronts paid for the buildings.When I worked for Loews it was called Loews Theatres and Realty Co.The Real Estate was where the money really came in.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Great history and photos, looks as if it had several different vertical signs over the years,like the double vertical and roof signs.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

William………… Many thanks! That was one busy theatre in the 60’s and 70’s. Believe it or not, there were times when it out-grossed the Fox Warfield.

William
William on July 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

It’s listed under Crazy Horse Theatre, it’s current name.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Unable to find link to the Crest Theatre which was located right next door to the Warfield. Anybody know?

iatse311
iatse311 on May 6, 2009 at 7:26 pm

these pics aint great but i like the architectural detail although i wish i took notes on the lion’s head…no positive whether it is warfield, golden gate, or another building on the block…

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spectrum
spectrum on January 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

The THSA 2008 Conclave has a large set of photos at:

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Here are their photos of the Warfield Theater:

View link – Upper Proscenium
View link – Auditorium ceiling
View link – Auditorium ceiling at rear
View link – Auditorium ceiling – from balcony to proscenium
View link – Auditorium sidewalls – from balcony
View link Auditorium Ceiling
View link – Auditorium
View link – Stage & Proscenium – from balcony
View link – Auditorium sidewall

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on October 3, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I would like to know how the renovation looks since the Warfield reopened. I hope they worked on downstairs which looked horrible when I was in the theatre in July. They need to work on the front of the house which I hope will happen in the near future. The Warfield is an example of why I cringe when they take out floor seating for rock shows. The Fox theatre restoration across the bay will have versatile seating which can be taken out and put back in depending on the type of show that is booked. The Warfield was by favorite surviving movie palace in San Francisco until what I saw the theatre looked like downstairs I hope this renovation restored the beauty of this theatre. bruce

KahunaBob
KahunaBob on September 11, 2008 at 9:42 am

Refurbished Warfield to open Saturday 09/13/2008:

San Francisco’s baroque Warfield theater, a 1922 vaudeville and movie house that became a prime venue for Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and countless other performers, was looking a little shabby when it closed in May after the lease changed hands. But the Market Street rock palace has a fresh glow after a four-month renovation that spruced up the ornate interior and installed permanent new lighting and sound systems.

Run for 30 years by Bill Graham Presents, then Live Nation, the Warfield, which reopens Saturday night with a show by comedian George Lopez, is now managed by Goldenvoice, a wing of the giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (billionaire Chairman Philip Anschutz owns the San Francisco Examiner). Among the changes: The mixing console has been moved downstairs from the front of the balcony, making space for 30 more prime reserved seats, the lobby walls were painted a deep blue to match the new carpets and the brass chandeliers got a polish.

The matadors and Spanish dancers that Albert Herter painted across the proscenium arch in 1922 were left alone. And a new set of Warfield concert posters, from shows by David Bowie, James Brown, David Byrne, Jerry Garcia and many others, line the lobby walls.

“We’re looking to present a pretty broad range of artists,” says David Lefkowitz, Goldenvoice’s vice president for booking. “Everything from alternative bands like the Kooks to (jazz singer) Cassandra Wilson.” Lefkowitz has also booked dates for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Rancid, the Dandy Warhols and Bullet for My Valentine.

Warfield reopening: With comedian George Lopez. Tickets available for 8 p.m. Monday (Saturday and Sunday shows sold out). 982 Market St. Tickets: $57.50. www.ticketmaster.com or www.goldenvoice.com

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bruceanthony
bruceanthony on July 31, 2008 at 10:48 am

The Warfield is currently being renovated and work is to be done on the front of the theatre with a new marquee which Im am told will look like the original from the 1920’s. I was in the theatre a few weeks ago and the upstairs looked beatiful but the downstairs looked awful. I hope AEG take better care of the theatre than BGP. When BGP took over in the late 1970’s the theatre was in great shape.The Warfield is the most beautiful theatre still standing Downtown.brucec

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on July 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Walked by the theater yesterday and it looks terrible. Hope they put some money into refurbishing the exterior. I recall in 1980 when Grateful Dead played a memorable string of shows here. Good times.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on March 17, 2008 at 1:51 pm

AEG Live (owned by Philip Anschultz, pardon my spelling) is taking over the venue after BGP departs.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on March 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Bill Graham Presents lost there lease to this theater & will have their final shows there in May with a 4 night set of Phil Lesh & Friends (Lesh was a member of The Grateful Dead). Saw ad in yesterday’s SF Chronicle Datebook section.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on February 8, 2008 at 9:54 am

I will be taking a tour of the Warfield with THS in the summer of 2008. It was still showing movies the last time I was in the Warfield in the late 1970’s and was in great shape. The Warfield was my favorite surviving movie palace in San Francisco. A good friend of the family danced in a chorus line at the Loew’s Warfield during the 1940’s.brucec

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Here is a photo from the USC archive, circa 1930:
http://tinyurl.com/27fgfv

terrywade
terrywade on August 8, 2007 at 8:24 am

I remember seeing Thank God It’s Friday at the Fox Warfield in 4 track mag stero. The place turned into a huge disco when it played. Gary needed to add a mirror ball when Donna Summer sang.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 17, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Sorry! I misread Kaufmann’s report. #13 refers to the theatre’s place on a map of downtown SF theatres. And its original name was Market Street Theatre. Cameo came later.

William
William on March 17, 2007 at 11:42 am

Warren the the address of that theatre was 934 Market Street.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 17, 2007 at 9:45 am

There was a 1,000 seat theatre at 13 Market Street called the Cameo, which opened in 1909. At a somewhat later date, it was re-named the Marion Davies, but I don’t think that lasted too long. It was then re-named the Esquire, which it kept until demolition in July 1972, according to a report in Preston J. Kaufmann’s mammoth book about the San Francisco Fox. You might be able to find more about the Marion Davies Theatre in her definitive biography, “Marion Davies,” written by Fred Lawrence Guiles.

seymourcox
seymourcox on March 17, 2007 at 9:12 am

As a teen during the late 70s an oilman would sometimes take me along with him on business trips to San Francisco. One of the many things we did while there was to go see double features at the Warfield Theatre.
A lavish building, but since the Warfield lot is pie shaped the floor lay out is a bit disorienting. Standees curve around the auditorium and are actually located in bulding rear, with stage housing abutting the office bulding.
On one trip to SF we saw as one half of a double bill at the Warfield an old Marion Davies film entitled “Paging Miss Glory”. This was a goofy type movie centered around an absurb plot that claimed if the beauty and personalities of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Jeanette MacDonald, Ginger Rogers, Norma Shearer, and Ann Sothern could be combined the end result would result in Marion Davies.
In the 12/20/05 posting, that 1948 unidentified photo is later labelled the Esquire Theatre. Could this movie house have originally been named Marion Davies? The Esqure would have sat cattycornered from the Hearst Bldg, and I’ve heard W.R. Hearst built a theatre in her honor across from his office suite so he could see from his desk the name Marion Davies' spelled out in pink neon.