Warfield Theatre

982 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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rivest266 on August 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Remodeled as it’s rebranded a Loew’s again on January 5th, 1950. Ad posted.

NeptunusRex on July 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm

In the early 1950’s this was one of the biggest theaters to enjoy a Saturday Afternoon matinee. Then called, The Lowes Warfield it played many 1st run movies popular during that timeframe. One of the highlights was the 1954 Preimer showing of the movie “Dragnet” starring Jack Webb. Mr. Webb was present for the initial Saturday Afternoon showing before a packed house of screaming kids who favored his tv series by the same name. He briefly addressed the audience but for the Lowes to host such event was big news at the time.

DavidZornig on March 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

1973 photo courtesy of Michael Thomas Angeloā€ˇ.

larrygoldsmith on April 1, 2013 at 7:38 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 on March 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

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

larrygoldsmith on September 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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 on September 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm

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 on August 4, 2010 at 12:29 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 on July 18, 2010 at 12:23 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 on July 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

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

larrygoldsmith on July 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

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

iatse311 on May 6, 2009 at 4:26 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 on January 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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

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Here are their photos of the Warfield Theater:

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bruceanthony on October 3, 2008 at 11:41 am

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 on September 11, 2008 at 6:42 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 on July 31, 2008 at 7:48 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 on July 14, 2008 at 12:42 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 on March 17, 2008 at 10:51 am

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

scottfavareille on March 17, 2008 at 10:47 am

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 on February 8, 2008 at 6:54 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 on August 15, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Here is a photo from the USC archive, circa 1930:

terrywade on August 8, 2007 at 5:24 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.