Capri Theatre

802 Cortland Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Capri Theatre exterior

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Opened as the Cortland Theatre in 1915.

In 1957, a new front was added and it reopened as the Capri Theatre on June 16th of that year. Despite the impact of television, it managed to survive until April 1969 when it finally closed its doors for the last time. The theater has functioned for many years now as a church.

In an era when a large enough proportion of the population were content to wait for a film to arrive at their neighborhood theatre, rather than spend the time and money to take the trolley downtown to see films first run, theatres like the Cortland were able to survive and prosper.

If you lived near a street like Cortland Avenue, your church, your school, your grocery, and your movie theatre were all within walking distance from home. No need for a car.

It was all a long, long time ago.

Contributed by tillmany

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gsmurph
gsmurph on September 19, 2004 at 7:25 am

The Capri/Cortland Theatre is now a church, and has apparently operated as such for years now.

LBorg
LBorg on February 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

My Uncle, Lawrence Borg, owned this theatre “The Courtland” from 1919 until 1927. He sold this theatre to purchase the Parkway in Oakland/Berkeley

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

The Capri design has a quasi Egyptian look to it.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on February 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

This still appears to be a church. According to the google image, it’s either the Mision Pentecostal Emanuel (sic) or Centro Cristiano Jehova Jireh.

Also it looks like address has moved to 804 Cortland.

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