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 theatre 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 Theatre 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

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

gsmurph
gsmurph on September 19, 2004 at 10:25 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 8:09 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 10:58 pm

The Capri design has a quasi Egyptian look to it.

Alwaysalady8
Alwaysalady8 on December 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm

My uncle bought the theater and turned it into Victory Temple COGIC the 1970’s it was a beautiful Church. Our mass choir recorded an album and broadcast live there every Friday night and Sunday morning. The theater brought life to the music. My uncle use to say that we sound pretty good when we traveled to other places to sing.. But nothing like how we sounded at home.. The quality was magnificent to behold on Sundays.. I’m 42 now and been to several churches listening to music… but nothing comes close to home.. XOXO Capri Theater…

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