Superba Theatre

1660 Haight Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117

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GaryParks on January 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Considerable remnants of the interior decor survive, mainly rows of Ionic pilasters along the sidewalls.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I’ve found a reference to a house called the Sunset Theatre at 630 Irving Street, San Francisco, in the March 25, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World. That’s only a bit over a mile from the Superba, so unless the two theaters used the same name at the same time for a while, which seems unlikely, this house must have changed its name before the house on Irving Street opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2011 at 2:54 am

An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area by Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny says that this house opened in 1911 as a nickelodeon called the Sunset Theatre, and was in operation as the Superba until 1924. The architect was Bernard J. Joseph.

Bernard J. Jospeh had been in a partnership with architect G. Albert Lansburgh from 1906 to 1908, and collaborated with him on a number of projects even after Lansburgh had established his own practice, including the Orpheum Theatre on O'Farrell Street, opened in 1909.

LeslieMidkiffDeBauche on May 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Does anyone know if this showed movies, movies and vaudeville, or if it was a theater for stage plays in the early 1920s? Thanks, Leslie