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Previously operated by: Golden State Theater & Realty Corp.
Architects: Albert W. Cornelius
Previous Names: Royal Palace Theatre, Royal Theatre, Verdi Theatre
Opened as the Royal Palace Theatre on Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach District in 1909. It was located across the street from the Liberty Theatre (qv). By 1912, its name was shortened to Royal Theatre, and in 1915 it was re-christened Verdi Theatre. At some time it was equipped with a Smith pipe organ.
For the next forty years it served the neighborhood with low cost third run films. In 1954, after the Liberty Theatre had been torn down, it picked up the name World Theatre, under which Liberty Theatre had operated for the last few years, and continued with a policy of foreign language films, soon focusing on a policy of Chinese films because of its adjacence to nearby Chinatown. As such it prospered up until the mid-1980’s, when it closed and was torn down.
A new retail structure was built in its place, which housed, among other things, a smaller ‘World Theater’ which lasted another fifteen years, also showing Chinese films, and has its own page on Cinema Treasures.
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