Golden Gate Theatre

1 Taylor Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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bigjoe59 on December 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm


I would likewise am interested in what souvenir program vindanpar has for 2001. the program you posted on pg.1 of the photo section for this theater is the same one I bought at the Loews Capitol approx. 2 weeks after the film opened.

stevenj on December 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm

bigjoe59….If you have the same program that I posted on the photo page from the Loew’s Capitol run perhaps vindanpar can elaborate on the one he has with “original pre opening artwork”. Vindanpar….can you post some photos of it on the Loew’s Capitol page?

bigjoe59 on December 29, 2019 at 1:45 pm


I find it odd that 2001’s roadshow engagement “in Cinerama” at this theater would have sold a different souvenir program then the one sold at the Loews Capitol in Manhattan.

stevenj on December 28, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Hi bigjoe59….When you say the original roadshow cut do you mean the cut that was shown at the World Premier in DC and the NY opening the next day? If so, I doubt it. I thought I read on this site that it was trimmed after the NY opening. The opening here was a little over 2 months later.

bigjoe59 on December 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm


did the original roadshow cut of 2001 ever play this theater?

also I saw the film at the Loews Capitol in NYC and the program they were sell was the same as the one on pg.1 of the photo section.

stevenj on December 28, 2019 at 11:17 am

It is a soft cover program and pretty sure I bought it at this theatre in 1968. If you saw 2001 in NYC it opened 2+ months before SF – and may have had a different program.

vindanpar on December 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

Which souvenir program is that? Mine has the original pre-opening art work. Was this a later issue?

stevenj on October 29, 2019 at 10:50 am

Photos of souvenir program for 2001 added to Photos.

bigjoe59 on August 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm


when Krakatoa-East of Java opened at the Warner in Manhattan and the Cinerama Dome in L.A. it was advertised as being “in Cinerama”. now at this theater it was advertised as being in Super 70mm. to which my question and it pertains to the rather nice souvenir program sold in the lobby of the Warner. the first two pages of the program talks up the new Super Cinerama process. but if the film wasn’t presented “in Cinerama” at this theater did they sell as souvenir program?

davidcoppock on December 15, 2018 at 11:51 pm

The Penthouse Theatre opened with “Is Paris Burning?”.

MSC77 on December 10, 2018 at 10:18 pm

Does anyone know which booking followed the roadshow run of “Patton” at the Golden Gate?

MSC77 on December 10, 2018 at 11:11 am

Does anyone know which booking followed the roadshow run of “Far from the Madding Crowd” in the Golden Gate Penthouse?

DavidZornig on September 6, 2018 at 9:04 am

“Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco nears 100 with makeover.” By Sam Whiting Updated 5:30 pm PDT, Wednesday, September 5, 2018

rivest266 on August 9, 2018 at 4:11 pm

The Golden Gate Penthouse theatre opened on December 21st, 1966. Grand opening ad posted.

stevenj on June 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

Five years after terrywade posted above there seems to be some work being done on the exterior blade(s) and marquee. I posted a photo taken June 24 showing the scaffold around one of the blades. From this thread at it also appears that a renovation of the theatre has been going on and it will reopen in September.

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Chapps on January 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

The theater was one of my favorites – a real grand palace – but it had become careworn even in the 60s, when I was a kid. My mother loved taking me there, because she could recall how thrilling it was to see ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ there in 1950, when she was a teenager. Her godmother had taken her for a ‘girl’s day’ in the city (my mother was attending the all-girl Dominican Convent school in Marin County – now San Domenico School), and they had already had lunch and gone for a day of shopping at City of Paris. The movie theater was everything to my mother – and the movie was thrilling. Amazing how a place can become emotionally tangled in your memories like that. And she succeeded in transferring that thrill and love for the Golden Gate in me as well. Glad that it’s still there, even if it doesn’t show movies any more.

Hanse4 on April 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Hi – I am working with a WWII Veteran that happened to be on leave and in the Golden Gate Theatre the day that the Japanese surrendered – August 14th, 1945.

He does not remember the name of the movie that was playing that day and I was wondering if anyone might know if there is a way to find out? I have called the theater and they are seeing what they can do – but thought I would check with other resources as well !

Mikeyisirish on May 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hey HDTV – Do any of the neon lights outside work? Does it light up at all? I’ve been looking to photograph this one for a while, but don’t know it’s worth the two hour drive!

terrywade on January 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

To bad the front of this RKO Golden Gate Theatre is a mess today in 2013. What is left of the great marquee is now painted a ugly brown color. Even the tall blades that say Golden Gate are painted in brown. The neon is not on or working. The front in the 50’s and 60’s was like a huge neon accordion of color ornage, green, yellow and blue. Please, the Shorenstein’s make big bucks in Broadway shows they play here, why can’t they get a good neon company back in and fix the front up with some color and repair the neon. This is one of the worst spots in SF day or night, even with theatre security you take your life in chance.

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Simon Overton on June 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hi gomesrox… S.F.’s Golden Gate Theatre once had a twin sister in Los Angeles. I believe it was the Hill Street Theatre?

William on October 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

gomesrox, this is the Golden Gate Theatre you want. The one in East Los Angeles only showed movies. Check with the Public Library or the area newspaper for past listings. Some have converted past to the internet or microfilm.

gomesrox on October 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I recently bought a desk at a thrift store for my daughter, and when we were refinishing it, I found 2 orchestra tickets for the Golden Gate theatre from 1982. As I understand there is a G.G. in L.A. as well? Im not sure if I have the right one or which one they are from, but if anyone has an idea of how i could find information about what show was playing, I would be interested in info.

William on September 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Should add the Penthouse to the aka list for this theatre. During the theatres Trans-Beacon days of operation as a twin, the balcony was known as the Penthouse.

TLSLOEWS on April 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm


robboehm on March 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

Today it worked.