Esquire Theatre

936 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Showing 25 comments

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I think Earl Warren was running for governor at that time.

William
William on November 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Don’t forget the Warfield Theatre just on the next block on the left side of the picture.

And Win with Warren billboard too.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Here is another 1942 photo from Life showing the Esquire and the neighboring Telenews theaters:
http://tinyurl.com/5ab9j5

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Here is a 1942 photo from the new Life collection on Google:
http://tinyurl.com/5d86kn

philbertgray
philbertgray on July 8, 2008 at 1:19 pm

In Answer to this comment:

Here is a little more info about The Crystal Market on Market street. It was built as a “super” market sometime in the 1920s and was one of the first and largest supermarkets established . Built on a former circus grounds, the store building was 68,000 square feet, with parking for 4,350 cars.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm

OK, thanks for clarifying.

fmbeall
fmbeall on May 4, 2008 at 7:14 pm

To Ken mc. Your photos from 2005 were of the entrance to the Crystal Market. It was never a theatre. Beyond the signage was a large indoor market which was the delight of downtown food shoppers. It had a large glass ceiling and went all the way back to Mission St. and beyond the buildings over to 8th St. It was torn down to build a huge hotel complex (Del Webb’s Townhouse) which is now being slated for demolition to build new housing.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 27, 2007 at 3:07 pm

According to some sources, Rosebud was Hearst’s pet name for a particular part of Davies’s anatomy. An in-joke for Orson Welles in Citizen Kane.

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 27, 2007 at 2:04 pm

During the mid 1980s I lived in SF and my landlady, who was 90YOA at the time, said W.R. Hearst chose this location for his sweetheart’s theatre because from his office desk he could watch those giant “rosebud” pink neon letters spell out MARION DAVIES.

Roloff
Roloff on July 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Thanks! I’ll need to update my info.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on July 24, 2007 at 3:11 pm

IN the above postcard picture you can also see the vertical of the Warfield Theatre.brucec

Roloff
Roloff on July 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Here’s a postcard from 1957 of Market Street, with the Esquire as well as the Telenews, which doesn’t have it’s own listing on Cinema Treasures yet? The Paramount’s marquee can be seen in the far distance. View link

William
William on March 17, 2007 at 8:41 am

projection lamphouses from that era used carbon arc as a light source.

GSenda
GSenda on May 12, 2006 at 4:25 am

I can only recall seeing one movie here. And that because some guy was handing out flyers for it on the street.

The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant with Ray Milland and Rosie Greer attached that the neck and wearing bib overalls.

The Telenews pictures were interesting as it had a large fire in the 40s or 50s.

I seem to recall that there may have been a 3rd theatre next to this one. Some guy had gained control of that theatre and had found dozens of old westerns in the basement. He turned it into a grind theatre at $1 a head, kept it open 24 hours a day with a lot of winos sleeping in the seats and one day the projector (which had an open gas flame in it instead of a bulb !) caught the film and the theatre on fire !!

George Senda
Concord, Ca

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2005 at 4:06 pm

Here is a photo of the theater/market in the picture above, showing its vertical sign and its location across the street from the Orpheum:

View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2005 at 4:01 pm

Here is a puzzle. This store on Market Street was clearly a theater at one time. Any ideas?

View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 20, 2005 at 2:29 pm

Another photo from the SFPL:

View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 5:46 pm

From the SF Public Library website:

View link

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on July 11, 2004 at 10:21 am

I saw one of the last movies to play the Esquire it was a Vincent Price film. My shoes stuck to the carpet it was so sticky. The Esquire was torn down to make room for the the Powell St Bart Station.brucec

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on July 1, 2002 at 9:35 am

Also anybody have any information on: The Guild(was next to Market Street Cinema, became a Pussycat theater in late 1972, may be part of the current Market Street Cinema?), The Larkin(art house run by Walter Reade theaters, Mitchell Brothers acquired it in 1978 and switched to adult films, now is New Century strip club), and the Music Hall(was also run by Waler Reade—what is it now?)

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on June 29, 2002 at 5:11 pm

Syufy was the last chain to run this theater.

Anybody have any information on other theaters in that area: Powell(now occupied by a Burger King), Stage Door, Crest(known under several other names, now the Crazy Horse strip club—It was next to the Warfield), Regal (showed 4 features grindhouse-style, became a porn theater around 1973, later renamed Bijou when operated by the Mitchell Brothers—Now the LA Gals strip club), and the Centre (showed adult films from the early 60’s on—What was it called prior & also what is it now?).