Clay Theatre

2261 Fillmore Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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Clay Theatre

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The Clay Theatre opened in 1910.

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Michael
Michael on August 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

It is with heavy hearts we announce that The CLAY Theatre will be closing at the end of August. It is a dark day for San Francisco theatre lovers. Built in 1910 and closing in 2010 100 years of film history comes to a end. The CLAY played host to many film festivals and special events over the years. On closing weekend The CLAY will host one more Rocky Horror, and The Cast is putting on a funeral for the theatre. I have loved my years working at The CLAY, and will miss it! Rumors have it that a condo project will destroy the theatre. Let’s hope not.

thomasgladysz
thomasgladysz on August 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

An article on the Clay – View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm

It would be the kind of theatre Woody Allen would shoot in a movie.Sorry to hear it is gone.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

An article about the Clay’s closing; apparently The San Francisco Film Society is interested in keeping the Clay running, but the theater’s owner is not taking their proposal seriously: View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Good news! Landmark has worked out a short-term agreement with the theater’s landlord, and until something more definitive can be determined, will remain open, at least for the time being: View link

jph
jph on August 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Was at the Clay today expecting it to be the final show. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to see a note in the box office saying they were pleased to NOT be closing today. There were reps from the SFFS (San Francisco Film Society) handing out leaflets and letters to the landlord in front of the theatre. There also seemed to be some news and video crews there, at least in the afternoon after the first showing. The early matinee was about 2/3 full, and audience members seemed relieved to hear of the theatre’s current status.

The Clay is charming with much character – hope something can be worked out! It does seem like multiple parties are aware of the theatre’s status, which could be beneficial in the long run.

milanp
milanp on December 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

I discovered the Clay by accident while exploring the streets of San Francisco one July afternoon a few summers back. It’s the sort of funky, friendly neighborhood theater I remember from my childhood. How nice to see that a few of them still exist today!

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on August 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

A few July 2012 photos can be seen here and here.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on September 1, 2012 at 7:11 am

After a bout of possible closings, the Clay theater is still alive and kicking and drawing them in.

It made Number 3 on this list of Top 10 San Francisco movie theatre.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2012/08/top_10_bay_area_movie_theaters.php?page=2

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