Times Theatre

1249 Stockton Street,
San Francisco, CA

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Originally opened as the Acme in 1910, this small neighborhood nickelodeon served San Francisco’s North Beach district.

On March 10, 1949, it reopened as the Times, with a more modern front, but more or less the same familiar policy of bottom price, last run film fodder.

In the early 1970’s, it was taken over by Mike Thomas and Gary Meyer who introduced repertory film programming with daily film changes and a modest printed calendar. Severly handicapped by the notoriously difficult neighborhood parking situation, the theater closed on December 26, 1976 and was converted into retail stores.

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Foggy
Foggy on April 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I went to the times regularly in the mid-70s.
If you didn’t mind the sticky floors, no place better to go for a real cinema history education — a different $1. double-feature every day…. where else could you see Polanski’s “Repulsion” and “Elevator Girls in Bondage” on the same bill?

davidkaye
davidkaye on January 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

Prior to Gary Meyer co-founding Landmark Cinemas and Mike Thomas operating the Strand Theater and co-founding Strand Releasing, they ran some incredible double-bills at the Times. As I remember it was $1 a show and had the misfortune of seats that would occasionally come unhinged and collapse in the middle of a movie. It was always a treat to take the Muni up to Chinatown and do a movie or two at the Times.

Michael
Michael on January 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm

If anyone knows where we could find a print 35mm or 16mm Of
“The Cockette’s” ELEVATOR GIRLS IN BONDAGE or TRISHA NIXONS WEDDING please email me! We would love to play them on the big screen!

dboyll
dboyll on February 8, 2009 at 11:19 pm

The DP who lensed the recent Cockettes doc is Marsha Kahm. She’s listed in the SF Reel Directory and would probably have a connection to the group – you might try giving her a call.

philbertgray
philbertgray on May 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

The Times restrooms were to the left and right of the screen at the back of the theatre. Each was accessed by a four or five step stairway. I loved the times for the diversity and price but it was always so bizarre to exit the bathroom and face everyone in the auditorium staring at you as you came down the stairs. I really hated it when the times closed. The Times and the Powell were the best bargains in town for reruns and older films.

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