Ghirardelli Cinema

900 North Point,
San Francisco, CA

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on May 5, 2002 at 3:56 pm

This theater closed in the 1980’s. Last operator was General Cinema Corp. It was located in the Ghiradelli complex, which was once the Ghirardelli Chocolate factory in San Francisco and is now a popular shopping complex on the west end of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The theater itself had a red brick interior and was single screen. I had seen the film “Rollercoaster” in Sensurround in 1977 here, great sound system.

Tillmany
Tillmany on June 28, 2002 at 3:50 am

The Ghirardelli Cinema opened on 20 August 1971 with the first run feature, Two Lane Blacktop, and continued to operate as a first run venue until it closed in late 1986. In April 1987 it briefly reopened as the Waterfront Theatre.

gsmurph
gsmurph on February 15, 2004 at 1:20 pm

The Ghirardelli was a single-screen theater.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 27, 2004 at 10:50 am

Ghirardeli’s status should be “Closed;” its number of screens should state “Single Screen.”

cosmo
cosmo on September 17, 2005 at 7:33 pm

I was the projectionist at the Ghiradelli on and off in the 70’s It had the best projection booth of any theater I have been in. The theater was bulit to be the new “Hungary I” A nightclub. When that failded it became the Ghiradrlli Cinema, and the manager’s office became the projection booth.It had air conditioning,a large bathroom with a shower.
I think the trouble it had was the fact that parking was almost impossible.It was in a tourist part of town.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 11, 2005 at 7:34 am

I think Cosmo is referring to the “Hungry i”, a noted comedy club, and not the country in Eastern Europe.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on September 5, 2007 at 10:40 pm

An article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle mentioned that the film Cruising was supposed to open here on Feb 15, 1980. Due to vandalism & protests, General Cinema cancelled the booking & it opened at the St Francis on Market Street instead.

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