Pagoda Theatre

1741 Powell Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Opened as the Washington Square Theatre in 1909.

The building was demolished in August 2013.

Contributed by Juan-Miguel Gallegos

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

celaniasdawn on May 13, 2011 at 6:08 am

Mikerogers, the theater in the movie Laughing Policeman was the Victoria on 16th Street. Back then, it was a burlesque house. The Palace was a nice theater, the last movie I saw there was a chinese horror film called The Chinese Ghost Story. The inside of the Palace reminded me of the Noe Theater, the lobby, phone booth, and the womens lounge were all in the same spots, looked the same, except the murals were different. There was this huge gong on the right of the stage, and before the movie started, this cute elderly lady that worked the snack bar, walked on stage and hit the gong. Then the drapes opened and the movie started.

CSWalczak on December 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

A new MUNI transit proposal involves razing the Pagoda for a transit station: View article

hdtv267 on February 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

yup, looks like it might be time to change the status to demolished..

As part of the MUNI T-line “Muni now plans to the raze the Pagoda Theater, extend the subway tunnel to the Columbus and Powell Street site, and extract all the machinery from there.”

Entire article here…

hdtv267 on February 11, 2013 at 1:57 am

The vote for demolition has been delayed a week whilst the building’s owner and MUNI continue to haggle.

hdtv267 on February 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

Muni Will Pay $131,250 Per Month To Lease The Pagoda Theater Site…

Not exactly negotiating from a position of strength, Muni has agreed to pay Campos $3.15 million in rent for a 24-month lease. In addition, Muni will pay for the demolition of the Pagoda Theater and ask San Francisco’s Planning Commission to declare the site a Special Use District, clearing the way for the five-story Palace at Washington Square to rise.

stevenj on July 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

The SFMTA demolition notice stating June 27 as the start date.

robertcampbell on August 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Status should be sadly changed to demolished. According to today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the walls were torn down Monday morning.

hdtv267 on August 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

yea, here’s the article here


stevenj on August 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Re: the Curtain-finally-falls article linked above- it left me with the impression that the theater was now a pile of rubble when I saw the article online earlier this morning. The blade is not being torn down Wednesday as reported. It’s gone today. The “walls” Nevius refers to are the Powell St and Columbus Ave walls on the front of the building. The auditorium walls are still up including the back wall with stairway and bathroom exposed. A demolition worker at the site said it would take about a month to demolish the whole theater and cart all the debris away. I posted a couple photos of the demolition that were taken today.

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