Irving Theatre

1332 Irving Street,
San Francisco, CA 94122

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Irving Theatre exterior

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The Irving Theatre opened on June 10, 1926 with Julian Eltinge in “Madam, Behave!”, a second-run attraction. It was built at a cost of $250,000 by Golden State Theatres.

For the next 26 years it served as a second and/or third run neighborhood house serving the inner Sunset district.

It closed on July 8, 1962 and was torn down.

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GaryParks
GaryParks on August 1, 2002 at 9:59 pm

Stylistically it had many interior ornamental details in common with the Rivoli Theatre on San Pablo near University in Berkeley, still standing as a Smart & Final store, with the auditorium ornament mostly intact and visible.

William
William on December 4, 2003 at 9:38 pm

The Irving Theatre was located at 1332 Irving Street.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 27, 2004 at 6:57 pm

Status: Single Screen.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 27, 2004 at 6:59 pm

BLAST—-I meant to say Screens (Single Screen) not Status!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2005 at 10:33 pm

Here are some additional photos from the SF Library:

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TOMNKAYE
TOMNKAYE on November 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

I went to many Saturday Matinees in the 40s, I met my wife there in 57. Did plumbing in the apartment building in the 70s.
Many Great Memorys

OldSF40s
OldSF40s on July 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Spent most of my week-ends here during the 40s. Walked to and fro about 15 city blocks day or night. Dishes and green stamps, too.

robertcampbell
robertcampbell on May 4, 2015 at 6:46 am

The design of the rooftop sign was very similar to the Fairfax in Oakland. Curious if it was built by the same company.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Full width December 10, 1942 photo added, credit & courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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