Cannery Cinema

2801 Leavenworth Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Revilorest
Revilorest on April 16, 2010 at 4:35 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.

George75
George75 on July 19, 2006 at 3:29 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.

GSenda
GSenda on May 12, 2006 at 10:38 pm

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

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 14, 2005 at 6:17 pm

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

trooperboots
trooperboots on December 29, 2004 at 8:20 pm

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!

trooperboots
trooperboots on December 29, 2004 at 8:17 pm

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!

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 28, 2004 at 3:43 am

The Cannery’s status is “Closed.”

gsmurph
gsmurph on February 16, 2004 at 8:04 am

The Cannery was a single-screen theater.

gsmurph
gsmurph on December 10, 2003 at 5:20 am

The Cannery opened and closed several times during its time as a theater. At one time between closings, it was a live theater.

Tillmany
Tillmany on June 28, 2002 at 7:38 pm

The Cannery Cinema was located at 2801 Leavenworth on the NorthWest corner of Beach in the Cannery Shopping Center, near Fisherman’s Wharf. It opened on 16 September 1971 with the first-run attraction Death in Venice, and had 296 seats. It closed in 1993.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on June 2, 2002 at 2:44 am

This theater was in the Cannery shopping complex at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The complex was once a cannery for fruits & vegetables. Walter Reade Theaters last operated it as an arthouse in the 1970’s before the chain went bankrupt.