Curran Theatre

445 Geary Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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GeorgeStrum
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 7, 2009 at 9:21 am

This is a June 1961 flyer for the Curran Theater.

iatse311
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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Here is the Curran in 1981.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 6, 2007 at 5:23 am

Some recent photos of the Curran Theater can be seen here, here and here.

kencmcintyre
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 3, 2006 at 2:21 pm

This is a recent photo of the Curran Theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 5:44 pm

From the SF Public Library website:

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mbfavretto
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.

mbfavretto
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!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2005 at 5:05 pm

There is a photo of the Curran Theatre here:
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PeterKoch
PeterKoch on January 13, 2005 at 2:25 pm

Thanks, TaxiMan !

mbfavretto
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
PeterKoch on January 10, 2005 at 2:22 pm

When was “All About Eve” filmed at the Curran, TaxiMan ? Please comment. Thanks.

mbfavretto
mbfavretto on January 8, 2005 at 1:51 pm

“All About Eve” was filmed here. The cast took the train up from Hollywood quickly since there was a production break at the Curran and it rained the four days of shooting. The cast stayed at the famous St. Francis Hotel across the street (or with friends) andthe Curran looks “Old Broadway” enough to satisfy even Eve Harrington! Great place to see a show!

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 27, 2004 at 10:55 am

Screens: Definitely “Single Screen!”

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on May 12, 2004 at 2:52 pm

The renowned and legendary American satiric standup comedian, Lenny Bruce, did a show at the Curran Theater the night of Sunday November 19 1961. The show is available on a 2 CD set.