Cannery Cinema

2801 Leavenworth Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Cannery Cinema, San Francisco, CA

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trooperboots on December 29, 2004 at 1:17 am

The Cannery Cinema was open during the mid-1970s and for several months showed a wonderful film called “Above San Francisco” narriated by Orson Welles. It was a 35 minute film which featured aerial shots of the city along with historic footage of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition and the Cliff House. The film later became a coffee table book. The tourists loved it… and so did I!

trooperboots on December 29, 2004 at 1:20 am

The Cannery Cimema was very small. I am guessing 100 seats or so. It was nothing more than a large room on the south east corner of the main floor of the building lined in heavy drapes. The floor was only slightly raised at the rear. I also remember seeing “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” with Joanne Woodward there. I could never forget that title!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 14, 2005 at 1:17 am

I too saw Above San Francisco here as a tourist in June of 1973.

GSenda on May 12, 2006 at 5:38 am

This was a little theatre. I saw a couple of movies there.

We used to go to the movie and take the elevator afterwards up to the Hungry Tiger (this was in the early 70s) and would eat our fill of the incredibly cheap lobsters this place served. Best seafood place I ever ate at.

Sadly both the small theatre and the restaurant are gone.

For awhile I had a flier advertising Linda Blair appearing in a live stage play there sometime after it became a live theatre.

I saw Above San Francisco there too. A great film and wonder why no one has updated it.

George Senda
Concord Ca

George75 on July 18, 2006 at 10:29 am

I took my friend there in 1985 to see “Amadeus.” The Cannery was the puniest theater I had ever seen. Sorry to hear it’s gone.

Revilorest on April 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I remember ABOVE SAN FRANCISCO at the pocket-sized Cannery Cinema back in the 1970’s. The film moved there for a short time after leaving an equally tiny venue two blocks away at Ghirardelli Square. I can still recall the verses by Robert Louis Stevenson intoned by the amazing Orson Welles as part of his narration.

robin88 on April 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Sometime in the late 1980s or early 90s I saw a film at the Cannery about growing up Irish Catholic in a small Newfoundland village. It was in b&w, but was excellently done from a young man’s perspective. Does anybody out there remember that film? What is the name of that film?

upinthehaight on January 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

I remember seeing a Documentary here as part of the SF Film Festival in the early 90’s. The theater was on an upper floor, and was not very large, but a great space.

Chapps on January 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm

My godmother took me out for my birthday one year, and we spent the whole day around Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. And, of course, we went to see ‘Above San Francisco’, which was great – I even got the book for my birthday. Very small theater – the whole Cannery was a bit of an odd shopping center.

sconn on March 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

My mom and uncle used to see Bogart movies here when they roomed together in the Haight in the late ‘60s-early '70s.

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