New Mission Theater

2550 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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New Mission Theatre

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Built in 1916 and originally designed by the Reid Brothers, the over 2,000-seat movie palace was renovated for the Nasser Brothers circuit in 1932 by Timothy Pflueger, who transformed it into an Art Deco style wonderland. The theater also has a 70 foot marquee that is a local landmark. After closing, it spent many years as a furniture store.

The City College of San Francisco proposed to raze much of the former movie palace and build new campus facilities inside the theatre’s building. Believing that more of a theatre could be retained while still achieving the school’s goals, a local group called ‘Save the New Mission Theatre’ lobbied to stop CCSF from executing its plans.

In 2012, Alamo Drafthouse announced plans to convert the theatre into a five auditorium cinema, with new auditoriums in the balcony and preserving the main screen. It is planned to re-open December 17, 2015 with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 67 comments)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Mike Keegan — can we add your photos to our database here at Cinema Treasures? For posterity and all…

hdtv267 on April 11, 2015 at 1:20 am

Thanks Mike Keegan, looking forward to the updates on progress of having an Alamo in San Francisco.

Do you have a target date in mind for re-opening?

MikeKeegan on April 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Glad you like the pictures, guys! Feel free to post them on here. We’ll have concrete opening info date to announce in the next couple of weeks, I’ll make sure to keep y'all updated!


stevenj on May 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

This article + photos on the progress at the New Mission was published a couple of days ago in the SF Chronicle and was also in their on line edition. If the link does not work because it requires a subscription and password would someone let me know and I’ll remove this post. I have been waiting a few days to see if the Chronicle would also post this story on their free SFGate but so far has not happened.

New Mission

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Under reconstruction May 2015 photo added.

stevenj on May 29, 2015 at 12:20 pm

According to the Chronicle story in the link I posted May 28 Alamo founder and CEO Tim League is looking for a fall 2015 opening. No exact date set yet.

MikeKeegan on May 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Hey all – still completely on track for this fall! New pictures to be posted on our blog soon, will make sure to post on here when they’re up!

MikeKeegan on July 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Hey! New construction pictures posted here:

stevenj on October 20, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Star Wars Episode VII will be the first attraction at the Alamo’s New Mission when it opens Dec 17. The first few days of showings are already sold out.

SF Gate – New Mission

hdtv267 on November 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Hopefully Mike won’t mind my snatching up the photo from the New Mission’s twitter page. The marquee is lit- the Force clearly is with them!

Follow them for updates @DrafthouseSF.

Hopefully SF residents (visitors also) will give this updated complex a lot of attention on this site. This is an amazing renovation and I can’t wait to attend it personally next month.

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