Parkside Theatre

933 Taraval Street,
San Francisco, CA 94116

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Fox Parkside Theatre  Opening exterior

The Parkside Theatre was a large neighborhood theater when it opened in 1928. After six decades in use, the Parkside Theatre, which had once belonged to the Fox Theater chain, closed in 1988. Its colorful lobby and auditorium drifted into the past when it was gutted in 2001. The building houses a daycare center today.

Contributed by Juan-Miguel Gallegos

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unclemaui on July 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Fox Parkside Theatre i worked there when Posiden adventure opened and when aliens opened

DavidZornig on February 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Crisper, wider version of the 12/28/28 photo added, credit & courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. Date was written on the back along with Taraval near 19th St.

stevenj on February 28, 2017 at 6:41 pm

Picky picky detail but it’s actually on Taraval between 19th Ave and 20th Ave. 19th St is in the Mission district, miles away. Really nice photo of this theater and also the wider Irving pic you posted. Thanks.

DavidZornig on February 28, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Thanks. Sometimes people crop or enlarge photos, to highlight only the theatre buildings or facades. Or that was the size that they first found them in.

Enlarging an image distorts it. Cropping them sometimes cuts out neighboring businesses, that might spark more memories about any given theatre, when they are viewed by CT members. I know they have for me.

Sometimes years pass in between posts on CT. That’s the only reason I comment when I add additional photos. To give those that had previously commented, another chance to jog their own memories. I’ve never kept track of how many times it has worked. But I know that it has. Because I’ve responded to many of them.

I try and always credit the source I get them from. And I correct them accordingly when it is pointed out to me. The advent of Facebook, has created a great new resource for photos. Since a lot of cities and small towns created historical pages about their own communities, and have members that add local photos that have never been seen before.

One feature I wish CT would add, is that e-mail alerts go out when someone comments under a photo in the Photos Section. Currently notifications only go out when one comments solely in the Comments Section.

larrygoldsmith on February 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Fox Parkside Theatre is in the heart of the Sunset District…..very upper scale area..NOT even anywhere near the Mission District……scary area there!

robboehm on March 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

I always note in the comments section when I add a photo.

larrygoldsmith on March 1, 2017 at 8:40 am

Love those photos! It was a beautiful theatre when I worked there in the early 70’s. Was there for the premier of Towering Inferno……even got my picture took with Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner!

stevenj on March 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

The ad for the West Coast premier of Towering Inferno at both the Parkside and Alexandria is here:

Towering Inferno Ad

larrygoldsmith on March 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Great ad…..brings back memories like it was yesterday! Thanks for posting

bigjoe59 on August 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Hello From NYC-

i’m assuming that when this theater opened it was a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. at what point did it become a 1st run venue?

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