Harding Theatre

616 Divisadero Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117

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The Harding Theatre opened on April 8, 1926 with Colleen Moore in “Irene”, a second-run attraction. It was built by Samuel H. Levin with the Reid Brothers as architects. As a link in the Levin chain of neighboorhood theaters known as San Francisco Theatres, Inc. it served as a neighborhood film house until it closed in 1970.

In the intervening years it has been a venue for The Lamplighters, a Gilbert and Sullivan group, and, more recently, as a church, which moved out in 2004.

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gsmurph
gsmurph on March 14, 2005 at 12:28 pm

UPDATE: The public hearing before the Board of Supervisors is now March 15, 2005 at 4:00 pm.

In a positive development for the Harding, the Board of Supervisors rescheduled the Feb. 15 hearing so that the Board can consider whether the Planning Commission complied with the state environmental quality act (CEQA). This and growing support from neighborhood and preservation organizations significantly improve the prospect that the project will be sent back to the Planning Commission for environmental review and community dialogue over the use of the theater.

The public hearing before the Board of Supervisors has been rescheduled for March 15, 2005 at 5:00 pm.

E-MAIL THE SUPERVISORS.
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Please BCC a copy to so that your support can be noted. Be sure to list your name and street address so that Supervisors know that your support is real.

SIGN OR PICK UP A PETITION OR FLYERS TO DISTRIBUTE:
Madrone Lounge-after 6pm (Fell/Divisadero)
The Film Yard (Fulton/Divis)
Distractions (Haight/Ashbury)

CONTACT
Call David Tornheim at
415-668-2353.

Central City Progressives
c/o David Tornheim
1890 Grove # 5,
San Francisco, CA 94117

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 29, 2005 at 10:20 am

From the SF Public Library website:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Anyone know what happened re demolition?
http://tinyurl.com/29rd7q

wago70
wago70 on March 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I live around the corner from this location. I walk by this theater every day and I would love for it to be a neighborhood theater. I’d never leave. When it was a church I used to sneak a peak in and see the chairs and stage.
It’s all boarded up and, thankfully, the doorway was shut off from people sleeping in it.
This is one of those theaters where I’d love to see retro-programming and fun midnight films like they do at the CASTRO and CLAY theaters. Some day, maybe.

philbertgray
philbertgray on August 29, 2008 at 5:45 am

The struggle to save The Harding Theatre continues into its fourth year. The latest plan of the developer would restore some of the auditorium but would eliminate the stage and replace it with eight condos and eight parking spots at the rear of the theatre. The front would also be altered. This proposal is being challanged in a hearing on August 27th 2008.

Here are several photos of the exterior and interior lobby and auditorium when it still functioned as a movie theatre

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ANTKNEE
ANTKNEE on August 29, 2008 at 10:10 am

Just came across this today:
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mlind
mlind on September 18, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Scroll down to the end of this article to read about a 94 year old woman’s memories of the Harding.

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GaryParks
GaryParks on November 17, 2008 at 7:34 pm

On November 13, 2008, all seven members of the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved an appeal by The Friends of 1800 historical preservation group regarding a developer’s plans to demolish the back portion of the Harding Theater to build condominiums and make substantial modifications to the remainder. The next day, the developer announced his intention to sell the building.
For more info see: http://savetheharding.blogspot.com/
-and-Friends of 1800 site mentioned above.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on December 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

This was also used as a performance hall for rock concerts. The Grateful Dead played here on November 6 and 7, 1971.

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