Great Star Theater

636 Jackson Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Great China Interior - 1920's

Opened in 1925 as the Great China Theatre. In the early-1960’s it was renamed Great Star Theater.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Tillmany on November 30, 2003 at 2:33 am

The Great China opened around 1925 in the heart of San Francisco's
Chinatown; in the early 1960’s, its name was changed to Great Star.
Only Chinese films were ever shown there, it closed around 2000,
and is now vacant.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 17, 2005 at 12:43 pm

The headers need to be changed for this theatre: Status: Open, Function: Live performances (Chinese)
Current Name: Great Star Theatre

I have a San Francisco Chronicle advert dated November 1976 for the Great Star screening “Oriental Playgirl”

robboehm on March 16, 2014 at 1:25 am

But where is the overview. If nothing else, because of it’s location, there must be quite a history.

Dramatrauma on June 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

A campaign by the new managers to put the finishing touches in place after two years of just cleaning her up. Performances have happened since they took over and more are planned.

tjmayerinsf on May 12, 2015 at 3:46 am

Apparently, zoning issues were still a problem, now this:

Great_Star_Theater on October 19, 2015 at 1:18 am

We recently formed a non profit to keep this theater used for live performance and films. Thing are going well so far.

If you want more information, if you have photos you would like to share or if you are interested the website is:

DavidZornig on May 29, 2017 at 12:42 am

Mid `70’s photo added courtesy of Gabe P. Navarroā€ˇ.

DavidZornig on June 19, 2017 at 1:14 am

My brother merged the two photos from Gabe P. Navarro. Added to the Photo’s Section.

stevenj on February 12, 2018 at 5:11 am

Sounds like from this linked article dated Jan 30, 2018 that the Great Star has closed.


stevenj on February 12, 2018 at 5:14 am

From the gallery page of the Great Star’s website.


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