St. Francis Theatre
965 Market Street,
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Opened as the Empress Theatre in 1910, this theatre was taken over by Sid Grauman in 1917 and renamed the Strand Theatre. A Robert-Morton 3 manual 16 rank theatre organ was installed. In 1924, it was renamed again, this time as the St. Francis Theatre.
In 1968, the theatre was twinned, and the downstairs screen was christened the St. Francis, while the upstairs screen was renamed as the Baronet Theatre, an homage to the recently closed Coronet & Baronet theatres in New York City.
The St. Francis Theatre closed in May, 2001. It stood empty until April/May 2013, when it was demolished to build a shopping mall. The same scheme also led to the demolition of the Pantages Theatre in June 2013.
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