Lyceum Theatre

3350 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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DavidZornig on January 25, 2017 at 11:30 pm

1925 photo added courtesy of Dan Celliā€Ž.

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Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

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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Joe Vogel on November 4, 2011 at 6:41 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.

celaniasdawn on March 29, 2011 at 1:06 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.

kencmcintyre on January 26, 2009 at 12:40 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.

kencmcintyre on May 21, 2007 at 8:27 pm

This is the same Tillmany photo as above but larger and thus more detail:
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kencmcintyre on December 20, 2005 at 7:51 pm

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

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davidkaye on November 30, 2004 at 3:27 am

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