Brava Women's Theater Arts

2789 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Brava Women's Theater Arts

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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

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GaryParks
GaryParks on April 22, 2002 at 3:01 pm

The Roosevelt/York was originally built for the Ackerman & Harris chain. The architects were Reid Bros. It became part of the General Theatrical chain in 1931. In the 1980s, it was part of Renaissance Rialto Theatres. The theatre now features a new impressive art deco neon vertical sign reading BRAVA, with deco goddess heads surmounting it.

Tillmany
Tillmany on June 28, 2002 at 5:31 am

Just for the record: The Roosevelt opened on 22 September 1926 with Norma Talmadge in Kiki. It was renamed York 24 on 7 March 1962, and later became known simply as the York.

fernandoduarte
fernandoduarte on October 23, 2003 at 3:08 pm

the designer of the new sign was fernando duarte
fernando duarte design
he receive first prize international design competition 2002 for neon electrical sign award

William
William on October 24, 2003 at 1:05 pm

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

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 9, 2004 at 3:13 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 7:08 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 / )

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2009 at 1:06 am

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 10:04 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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