4-Star Theatre

2200 Clement Street,
San Francisco, CA 94121

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rivest266 on August 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Became Four Star on February 3rd, 1946. small ad posted.

stevenj on January 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Jack Tillmany’s history of the 4 Star (published in 2013) for the Western Neighborhoods Project on the OutsideLands website:

4 Star

jordanlage on August 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm

Can anyone post some interior photos?

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on March 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

I visited this theater yesterday and was a little disappointed. I was in the larger cinema, which is largely intact from its single-screen days. It was quite dark in there before the show. There was no curtain, or else it was open. There was some interesting decoration around the procenium, but with lack of stage lights, you could hardly see it. If a theater has no curtain, at least they could flood the screen with colored light to make the place more attractive.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

kencmcintyre on January 17, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I like marquees. It’s subjective.

kencmcintyre on January 17, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Here is another view of the marquee:

scottfavareille on December 8, 2006 at 7:32 am

Excellent news! The Lees have won the fight to keep the theater! Acoording to today’s SF Chronicle, the church who owned the building agreed in mediation back in July to sell the property to the owners of the 4-Star, Frank & Lida Lee. They had 150 days to assemble the financing for the $1.45 million purchase price. On Wednedsay, Frank Lee said that they had beaten that deadline by a week and that the deal has cleared escrow & was finalized on Monday. Lee does plan to do some “long-planned renovations”. According to the attorney for the church (previous building owner), “With all the adverse publicity & politics, it would have been an uphill battle to build their church, so they bit the bullet & sold it, at an overall loss, to the Lees.” The article did mention that the Lees had enlisted the help of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation.

gsmurph on January 23, 2006 at 8:16 am

Again, according to Lee, the 4-Star seats a total of 249 people (not 365 as stated above, though that may have indeed been its seating capacity as a single-screen). Hate to nitpick like this but…

gsmurph on January 23, 2006 at 1:01 am

Since WHEN has the 4-Star had a third screen? The Screens section should list “Twin” (as Frank Lee already pointed out), not “Triplex.”

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2005 at 3:49 pm

Here is a photo of the La Bonita in 1919:

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kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 5:58 pm

From the SF Public Library website:

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tjmayerinsf on November 4, 2004 at 10:48 pm

See www.save4star.net for more details on this theater which is threatened with closing when its lease expires in May 2005.

cognac on May 9, 2004 at 11:22 pm

The 4 Star is a twin with a very large original size screen and seats 200. The smaller screen seats 49 people. They are curently negotiating a new lease that extends past May 2005. The theatre has been profitable since it was twined in 1996.

AlexvonHauffe on February 3, 2003 at 11:28 am

the 4 Star is a 3 screener – brings to mind that line about not going to a theatre where the bathrooms are bigger than the auditoria. Lease runs thru 2005 – property purchased by Canaan Lutheran Church, SF for their new sanctuary.