Teatro Sutter

2030 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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Isadore and Bert Lebey

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Opened on October 21, 1907 as the Victory Theatre, this house in the Western Addition was part of the theater district that thrived for a few years after the fire of 1906, before the theaters in downtown San Francisco were rebuilt. In its early years it presented vaudeville, and was the second theatre to be managed by Isadore Coleman Levey (his first being the Columbia Theatre, Oakland) He went on to manage a number of theatres in the bay area and organized (as a theatrical agent) for vaudeville shows in collaboration with his son Bert Levey. They owned the Columbia Theatre, Oakland, the Victory Theatre, Alcazar Theatre, Princess Theatre & Garrick Theatre all in San Francisco, the Republic Theatre, Vallejo and the Sequioa Theatre, Sacramento. but it eventually became a neighborhood movie house.

The Victory Theatre eventually became a movie theatre and sported many names over the years, being Fisher’s Theatre from 1909 to 1913, the Sutter Theatre in 1913 and 1914, the All Star Theatre from 1914 to 1926, then the Class A Theatre in 1926 and 1927. It returned to he name Sutter Theatre in 1927, and finally became a Spanish language house as the Teatro Sutter from 1941 until closing in 1954.

The building, with its enormous Classical pediment, stylized Roman arch entrance, and Mannerist decorative details, has since been demolished.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on November 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I came up with an earlier opening date, October 21, 1907. the Victory Theatre was the second theatre to be manage by Isadore Coleman Levey (his first was the Columbia Theatre in Oakland). He went on to manage a number of theatres in the bay area and organized (theatrical agent) for vaudeville shows in collaboration with his son Bert Levey. (manager of Princess, Garrick, Alcazar Theatres, the Republic Theatre in Vallejo and Sequoia Theatre in Sacramento).

fanch
fanch on April 27, 2014 at 8:43 pm

On the picture posted by Joe Vogel, the men on the right is my wife’s great great grandfather Isadore Coleman Levey. I wonder if somebody could help me in my research about Isidore and Bert Levey.

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