World Theatre

644 Broadway,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, pg. 628, there was a Smith theatre pipe organ installed at the Verdi (World) Theatre in San Francisco at some point. No date or other information on the installation is given.

Does anyone know what became of this organ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 3:24 am

The December, 1919, issue of The Architect and Engineer listed alterations and additions to the Verdi Theatre among the projects slated for 1920 that were being designed by architect A. W. Cornelius.

WilliamLoew on January 6, 2007 at 8:59 pm

As a child, I spent many afternoons at the Verdi. My father was the manager during the 1930s & 1940s. Many a day I had to go into the bathtub at my home after visiting the Verdi in order remove my clothes and look for fleas. During WWII, my job was to take the burned out bulbs and break them in the adjoining alley in order to recover the copper bases for the War effort. Many happy moments were spent at the Verdi.

kencmcintyre on October 29, 2005 at 9:32 am

From the SF Public Library website:

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GaryParks on November 27, 2004 at 5:56 pm

The “new” small World Theatre mentioned in the main description retained the old Chinese charactered vertical neon sign from the previous World Theatre.
Canvas murals from the theatre’s days as the Verdi (presumably, as they had an Italian feel) were salvaged, and much later were offered for sale at Swallowtail, an antique store on Polk St. The price was steep, and the murals were quite large. They depicted neoclassic female nude figures in a romantic setting—foliage, foutains, columns or somesuch (I only saw them once, and this was nearly a decade ago). By the style of the painting, I would guess a Twenties or even Thirties date for them, but they could have been older. They were purely Neoclassic, not at all Art Deco, but the coloration and brush technique of rendering suggested the time period I speak of.

gsmurph on February 15, 2004 at 1:38 pm

The Verdi was a single-screen theater.