Presidio Theatre

2340 Chestnut Street,
San Francisco, CA 94123

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Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

A 2011 photo can be seen here.

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

theauteur on February 20, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I am watching D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back with the director’s commentary on, and they mention that this film was hard to distribute when it first came out. Pennebaker mostly played the film on his one and only 16mm print of it at schools and colleges while he tried to figure out what to do with it. Then someone from the Art Theaters Guild approached him about screening it at the Presidio in San Francisco which at the time was in bad shaped playing pornography. The film then sort of premiered here before being made a 35mm print and screening in NYC.

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Lost Memory on October 11, 2008 at 9:23 am

This is a photo from 1996.

JimC on August 1, 2008 at 8:13 am

The Presidio Theater has just completed upgrading the sound system in Theater #1 (the big one) to digital sound. The installation inculded putting new speakers behind the screen and adding more surround speakers to the sides and back walls of the auditorium.

Digital sound upgrades to the remaining auditorums are scheduled in the near future.

The Presidio has one of the largest non-IMAX screens in San Francisco, now that the METRO and CORONET are gone. They now have big sound to match the big picture.

telliott on January 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Yes LM, love marquee shots. Someday i would love to do a framed collage of just brightly lit marquees with all that beautiful neon!

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Lost Memory on January 19, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Here is another recent photo of the Presidio Theater. Don’t you just love marquee shots.

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Lost Memory on January 19, 2008 at 5:54 pm

This is the Presidio Theater website.

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Lost Memory on September 20, 2007 at 7:06 am

This is a recent photo of the Presidio at night.

HowardBHaas on August 23, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Photos including interior and including the former main chandelier of the auditorium, here:

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Lost Memory on August 23, 2007 at 4:40 pm

A more recent photo of the Presidio Theater can be seen here.

terrywade on August 5, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Can Mr Lee fix the neon at the Presidio. It is out on both sides. He also uses different colors for the marquee letters. Please,I think some of the marquee people are still around to sell him all blue, green or red new or used letters? What will he do at the new Marina down the street? The top still has Cinema 21 but the bottom says Marina Theatre. I hope he saves the black light side pictures of San Francisco that graced the walls. Now lets get Mr Lee on board with the marquee problem at his Presisio then he can move on with purchase of the Metro a few blocks away. Turn it into San Francisco’s first movie and dinner theatre.

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Lost Memory on March 29, 2007 at 2:22 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Presidio Theater.

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Lost Memory on August 14, 2006 at 9:15 am

This is another photo of the Presidio Theater.

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Lost Memory on March 6, 2006 at 4:07 am

Another color photo of the Presidio theater is here.

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 6:26 pm

From the SF Public Library website:

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Eric on October 6, 2005 at 4:11 pm


Yep, that’s it, back when it was a single screen.

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Lost Memory on October 6, 2005 at 9:57 am

This is a photo of the Presidio Theater. The website hosting it gave Chestnut St as the location so I assume it is this theater.

br91975 on March 25, 2005 at 6:46 am

…and today’s award for the msot unusual use of a movie theatre image in a media format goes to… DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

In their new TV commercial touting advancements in knee replacement surgery, a reverse image of the Presidio’s marquee can be briefly glimpsed. (Guess you see the darndest things in the darndest places… )

GaryParks on December 24, 2004 at 12:45 pm

I am looking forward to visiting the newly-reopened Presidio sometime soon. Although the article mentioned above that the interior facelift makes use of the theatre’s art deco style, one significant thing is gone forever—the enormous sheetmetal sunburst chandelier from the center of the auditorium ceiling. It was removed in pieces. These pieces were rescued by a local antique dealer (not the usual “antique dealer friend” I’ve mentioned in many postings before, who has saved a multitude of fixtures from Bay Area theatres being remodeled or destroyed), and I chanced upon some of these pieces being offered for sale at the Art Deco and Modern Antique Show and Sale earlier this month at San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center. The dealer had a photo of the rest of the pieces. This fixture was huge. I remember photographing it when seeing a movie at the Presidio in 1990.