El Capitan Theatre
2353 Mission Street,
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The interior of the El Capitan Theatre was a beautiful example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture while the outside was built with a splendid Mexican Baroque facade.
Although the auditorium is long gone, the facade and attached hotel still stand, with the moderne marquee standing guard over the entrance to the theater’s new use as a barren parking lot.
The demolition of all but the decorative facade and the gutted foyer of the El Capitan Theatre in 1964, remains one of San Francisco’s major losses.
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