Brava Women's Theater Arts

2789 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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York auditorium

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This neighborhood theater opened in 1924 as the Roosevelt Theatre. For most of its life, the theater was known as the York Theatre.

The York Theatre closed as a movie house in 1993.

In the fall of 2001, the theater was restored and reopened as Brava Women’s Theater Arts.

The theater has retained its screen for movies but is now primarily a performing arts center.

Contributed by Tom Mayer

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

William
William on October 24, 2003 at 10:05 am

When The Roosevelt Theatre opened it seated 1006 people. That’s info is from Fily Daily.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 9, 2004 at 12:13 am

In its final few years as a movie house, the York was operated by the Red Vic collective; for a time it was their only venue as they had been forced to vacate their original location and had not yet found a new location for that theater.

EAGLE8
EAGLE8 on January 26, 2006 at 4:08 pm

THE S.F. YORK THEATER WAS FOR ABOUT 1 YR, “THE YORK REVIVAL CENTER”,
WHEN MY LATE FATHER AND I, HAD A CHURCH-REVIVAL THERE, IN APROSIMENTLY 1965 OR SO.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND MANY CAME TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST…
AS A PERSONAL SAVIOR!

“IN CHRIST … IS LIFE! ”

(REV. B. DOWELL / )

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 6, 2007 at 10:53 am

Here is a website for this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2007 at 7:17 pm

This is a recent close-up view of the Brava.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 26, 2008 at 8:04 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1471 style “D” was installed in the Roosevelt Theater on 10/9/1926. Status: Sold.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

According to the August 3, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, the Roosevelt Theatre, operated by Ben Levin, had been completely renovated, with new lobby, marquee, rest rooms, and decoration. The architect for the project was Otto A. Deichman. Unless there was another Roosevelt Theatre in San Francisco, this must be the place.

cellmaker
cellmaker on September 11, 2010 at 7:04 am

We loved the York in the late 80s, partly because you could smoke in the balcony. If I remember correctly, they had a dual effort with the Red Vic in the Haight. The schedule of films (which usually only ran for a day or two) was printed in a sort of poster format covering several months. We were always looking to see what was coming up at the Red Vic and the York.

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