Uptown Theatre

2101 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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Uptown Theatre exterior

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Opened in 1908 as the New Alcazar Theatre with a Mission Revival style. It was remodeled in 1930 in an Art Deco style. The Uptown Theatre was still operating in 1952.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on August 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

You can see the marquee near the start of the film “The Last Waltz” (1978). The full concert and Thanksgiving dinner was held at Bill Graham’s Winterland arena.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

This list of San Francisco theaters and dancehalls has the following timeline for the Uptown Theatre:

New Alcazar 1908-1911; 1912-1925 Republic; Sutter 1926; Uptown 1930-1970
The August, 1931 issue of Architect and Engineer had two interior photos of the Uptown Theatre: two interior photos of the Uptown The first shows the staircase to Mezzanine, and the second (scroll down) the Spanish-atmospheric auditorium. The architects of the Uptown were Fabre & Hildebrand.

robertcampbell on March 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

The Uptown, in my opinion, was San Francisco’s first luxurious dirty movie theater. The center curved section of the marquee had a painted glass overlay that read “movies for mature swinging adults”. Winterland next door was thriving with great rock bands, with the Uptown getting many customers after the concerts. It was said that a undercover check revealed “leud conduct” in the balcony and they raided the place. The operators lost their appeals on obsenity charges and the City shut the Uptown down. I don’t remember if it reopened after that.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

The address is correct, but Google Street View is set to the wrong location, as is the pin icon on the map. The Uptown Theatre was at the southwest corner of Sutter and Steiner, not at Sutter and Fillmore.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Joe, I have corrected the Google Street view.

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