Minski's Columbia Theatre
147 O'Farrell Street,
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I am researching San Francisco’s long vanished third Orpheum Theatre. Architects Lansburgh & Joseph designed it for the Orpheum & Realty Co. This was a vaudeville theatre which opened on April 19, 1909, replacing the city’s first Orpheum Theatre(1887) that stood on the same spot, and was destroyed by fire in 1906. A second Orpheum Theatre had opened in 1907 on Ellis Street, later known as the Garrick Theatre.
This Orpheum Theatre was the first theatre to be designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh, together with his former partner Bernard J. Joseph. The Orpheum Theatre remained a vaudeville theatre, but also screened newsreels and short movies on its screen, acompanied by a 2 manual/3 ranks Robert Morton organ, until June 27, 1927, when Ted Lewis & His Band headlined the last show.
It was remodeled, removing a balcony, and much of its decoration, becoming Minski’s Columbia Theatre, presenting burlesque from March 10, 1930. It was closed in 1938, being demolished in May 1938, and a parking garage was built on the site.
Looking for pictures and stories for an article I am writing for the Argonaut.
Would love to here stories from people who actually experienced the grand old place.
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