Parkside Theatre

933 Taraval Street,
San Francisco, CA 94116

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bigjoe59 on August 29, 2017 at 5:42 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?

larrygoldsmith on March 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm

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

stevenj on March 1, 2017 at 7:35 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 11:40 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!

robboehm on March 1, 2017 at 11:28 am

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

larrygoldsmith on March 1, 2017 at 12:35 am

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!

DavidZornig on February 28, 2017 at 10:42 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.

stevenj on February 28, 2017 at 9:41 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 6:37 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.

unclemaui on July 3, 2016 at 2:03 am

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

upinthehaight on January 27, 2016 at 9:50 pm

My experience was the same as butters. I went with friends to see the “Woodstock” movie, and before the movie started, we saw all of the toys of the playschool in the lower level. It was just a strange experience overall.

BoringHal on January 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

This was my first-ever movie theater, as an awestruck kid of seven years, back in 1944. The movie was Vincent Price, starring in the “Return of the Invisible Man.” Why my mother chose that as my initiation into cinematography, I’ll never know. Still remember the uniformed usherettes with their flashlights.

AlanJames on January 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Mr. Lester Gorn, the Parkside Manager in the 80’s was a true film historian and gentleman. He told me how he was proud to be among the first to book and exhibit “THE SEVEN SAMURAI” in the USA back in the late 50’s or early ‘60’s before its greatness was well known. I recall seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey here and left alone walking home, (I was a student at SF State at the time), towards a room on 17th Ave. at night…in the thick SF fog…just astounded at the film and its visual experience. Also seeing THE SHINING here and ALL THAT JAZZ with a lady who was a dancer. It was truly a place where the local neighborhood folks, young and old would gather, meet and see great double bills. Once an old lady was getting ready to leave BEFORE the 2nd film was set to begin….“aren’t you going to stay for the next feature”? “No….I only sit thru ONE film. One is enough for me”. Don’t know why…but I always thought that was unique for a film-goer.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 6:22 am

Was there ever a theater at Taraval and 29th Avenue? Many of the same issues of Building and Engineering News from 1927 that carried notices about the proposed theater that became the Parkside also carried notices about a $65,000 theater designed by Reid Brothers which was to be built at Taraval and 29th. I can’t find any theater listed for that location at Cinema Treasures, so I don’t know if it is just unlisted, or if the project was never completed.

larrygoldsmith on August 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Day care on the main floor? Sounds great. Maybe they should have added a car care center on the un-used stage. At one time, this was a first run theatre only. This theatre over-played the Fox Warfield, downtown.

CSWalczak on August 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Well, during that period in the later 1980s, the café in the lobby opened in the late morning and operated through the afternoon; movies were shown only in the evenings on weekdays after the day care that occupied the theater’s main floor closed each day. As noted above, the only theater seating was in the balcony.

larrygoldsmith on August 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Horrible looking make-over. A theatre advertising ‘SNACKS/SANDWICHES’ on there exterior canopy is real tacky. This make-over occured AFTER MANN THEATRES sold it.

larrygoldsmith on August 5, 2007 at 2:09 am

I co managed this theatre along with resident mgr. JoAnn Brown during the early 70’s. We opened The Towering Inferno there. Opening nite brought out Natalie Wood Robert Wagner and the Aliotos. this theatre had a very friendly staff. They always made me feel welcomed when I worked there. This theatre was not very attractive. The outer lobby and marquee had all been “modernised”. The original marquee and Box Office were much more attractive. Had a real Cheap Plastic look in the 70’s. Larry Goldsmith

butters on September 30, 2006 at 3:59 pm

This was one of the strangest movie-watching experiences I ever had. I went to the Parkside several times in the mid-80’s and was surprised that the only seats were in the balcony. When I looked over the rail I could see why – there were no seats on the ground floor, only children’s toys from the daycare activities!!!

cinecityposters on March 23, 2006 at 5:56 pm

One of the owners (and possibly the last) of the Parkside was Lester Gorn, who I believe taught screenwriting classes locally and was co-scripter of Beginning of the End, a 1957 science fiction film about giant grasshoppers which starred Peter Graves and Craig Stevens.

tele2 on January 7, 2006 at 12:18 am

i used to work at this theater in the late 1970’s. i had to beg the owner for this job. week after week i would go in ask if there was an opening. finally, after doing some volunteer time, i got the job. i loved working there. the concession stand sold ice cream and sandwiches, a nice change from the usual nuked hot dogs. being a film major at the time, i considered this place a way to advance my education. it did. I fond memories of this place, it was unforgettable.

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 9:23 pm

This is also the Parkside, per the SF Public Library, but it’s hard to imagine that this is the same building:

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kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 6:55 pm

From the SF Public Library website:

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tomdelay on July 5, 2005 at 4:37 pm

This is true about the Parkside and Fairfax, however, the Monterey Golden State is in the middle of a large block north to south, and cuts through from street to street going east and west. This allowed for a large facade of three stories with office and shop space accordingly.