Lyceum Theatre

3350 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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New Lyceum Theatre, 1920

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The Lyceum Theatre opened in mid-1907, with vaudeville and motion pictures. By the late-1920’s it was featuring Vitaphone Talking Pictures, and remained a popular low priced, late run house for patrons of the outer Mission district for the next twenty-five years.

Like so many other secondary houses, it was one of the first to feel the impact of television in the early-1950’s, and, after several closings and re-openings, became the temporary home of the San Francisco Revival Center, before they moved to the former State/Del Mar (q.v.) which they then made their permanent home.

The Lyceum Theatre was subsequently torn down, and a supermarket built on its former site.

Contributed by Tillmany

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davidkaye
davidkaye on November 30, 2004 at 8:27 am

The theatre was demolished and became a Safeway store in the 1960s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 21, 2005 at 12:51 am

This photo from the SF Public Library was taken in 1948:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 22, 2007 at 1:27 am

This is the same Tillmany photo as above but larger and thus more detail:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

According to this church site, the church moved first to the Del Mar, then to the Lyceum in 1953, then back to the Del Mar in 1955, which became the permanent location.
http://www.sfchristiancenter.org/about.html

celaniasdawn
celaniasdawn on March 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

My aunt took me there once when I was a little girl. If Bette Davis went in there she would have said what a dump. It was full of people that kinda looked hard on their luck. We were both itching terribly afterwards and when I got home I had little bumps on my neck and my mother was furious. She called and raised hell and they told her that the exterminator was coming in, and offered her a couple of free passes. She yelled at him to save his passes and take the money and spray the damn place. Never went there again.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

The list of projects by various California architects slated for 1920, published in The Architect and Engineer of December, 1919, included in its entry for Reid Brothers a $90,000 project at Mission and 29th for the Lyceum Theatre Company. I’ve been unable to discover if this was to be a major remodeling of the existing Lyceum or if it was to be a replacement for the 1907 building. $90,000 would have been a lot of money for a remodeling job.

I’ve been unable to find confirmation that the project was carried out, either. Jack Tillmany doesn’t mention the project in his book “Theatres of San Francisco,” though there’s a photo of the Lyceum. Judging from the cars on the street, the photo appears to have been from after 1920, but theater’s facade still looked more like it was from 1907 than from 1920.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

The November, 1920, issue of The Architect and Engineer has an advertisement for a San Francisco roofing company which is illustrated by a photo of the New Lyceum Theatre. The text attributes the design of the house to Reid Brothers.

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