Curran Theatre

445 Geary Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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1950's photo courtesy of Kenneth McIntyre.

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The Curran opened on September 10, 1922. It was built at a cost of $800,000 by Curran and Schubert; Alfred Henry Jacobs was the architect.

For eighty uninterrupted years, the Curran has served San Francisco theater-goers with top of the line legitimate productions, most recently the incredibly long running Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

Did the Curran every show a film? Yes! In 1925, the film version of “Phantom of the Opera”, starring the legendary Lon Chaney was screened at the Curran, thereby qualifying it for inclusion in this project.

But what does that matter? The Curran is a beautifully maintained architectural treasure, still operated according to the highest imagineable standards, a living example of San Francisco’s theatrical and architectural heritage.

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mbfavretto on January 13, 2005 at 1:56 pm

“All About Eve” was released in 1950 so I am supposing that production toook place about four or five months before release (maybe longer, but post production in those days didn’t take as long as today). The famous scene in which Eve Harrington waits outside the stage door for Margot Channing (Bette Davis) in the rain and is taken up to meet her by Margo’s companion (Thelma Ritter) was filmed in the actual alley/stage door entryway between the Curran and the famous Clift Hotel next door. Another famous scene featuring Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis was filmed in the Curran’s lobby. It still looks remarkably the same. Bette took home the Oscar for her performance and I believe that this is the film that Bette Davis first met Gary Merril. They fell in love (it shows) and married after release. If you haven’t seen the film, do so. “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night…”

PeterKoch on January 13, 2005 at 2:25 pm

Thanks, TaxiMan !

mbfavretto on January 14, 2005 at 1:52 pm

Well, thanks for the photo, Lost Memory! That looks as if it were taken about the period in which “All About Eve” was filmed! How great!

mbfavretto on January 14, 2005 at 1:59 pm

Just another thought here, that photo also depicts Geary Street and the Geary Theatre next door to the Curran, now home to American Conservatory Theatre) as two-way (it’s one-way now and has the distinction of having the 38 Geary Municipal Railway bus line, the heaviest-trafficked line in America, by the way; then it had the Muni streetcar lines A and B with service to Golden Gate Park and beyond. San Francisco has the first and oldest, civic-owned transport in America, since 1912.

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 5:44 pm

From the SF Public Library website:

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kencmcintyre on February 3, 2007 at 3:34 pm

The theater cashier was shot and killed in a holdup in 1933:

San Francisco Dec. 27 â€" A hanging verdict was returned early this morning against Edward Anderson, 25, confessed slayer of Hewlett Tarr in a theater box office holdup. Anderson insisted throughout the trial that he had not intended to kill Tarr, Curran theater cashier, but through his unfamiliarity with his gun, it accidentally discharged as he pointed it at the cashier through the grillwork of the cashier box office window.

iatse311 on May 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm

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some exterior curran shots

and here are some shots of the neighboring Geary, not on this site but much more interesting exterior
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GeorgeStrum on October 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm

The ghost of the cashier shot in 1933 haunts this theatre as does the spirit of a little girl killed by a car across the street in the 50’s. Information from tv series America’s Scariest Places.

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