Downtown Theatre

198 Ellis Street,
San Francisco, CA

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Downtown Theatre

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The Casino Theatre opened in 1917 with vaudeville and films. It prospered until the advent of sound and struggled through the depression with low-cost late-run motion picture attractions.

In 1942, it reopened as the Downtown Theatre, with double features which changed daily, and a nightly Spin-O-Win game. Television brought an end to this policy in 1950, and it survived two more years with burlesque before finally shutting down in September 1952. In 1953, the Downtown Theatre met the wrecking ball.

Contributed by Tillmany

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William on December 4, 2003 at 9:10 pm

The Downtown Theatre seated 1934 people.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

The Casino Theatre was designed by architect Benjamin G. McDougall, according to the November, 1917, issue of The Architect & Engineer of California.

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