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.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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stevenj
stevenj on January 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Looks like the planning commission has given its OK for the Alamo Drafthouse 5 plex + condos next door.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/New-Mission-Theater-renovation-OKd-4185093.php

Another SF theater saved. The Strand on Market St also was saved in 2012 by ACT. After reading some of the above comments about how hard it is to restore/save movie theaters in SF (and it is) I think it is worth mentioning that film theaters are hard to save/restore everywhere, not just SF. The “closed” “demolished” list on Cinema Treasures is a testament to that. BTW the “Divisadero” mentioned above is the Harding Theater.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on January 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

Yup, approval came through and it looks to be 10-12 months for the renovations.

Here’s hoping it’s open in November for my annual birthday visit.

SocketSite has the info as well

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2013/01/new_mission_theater_redevelopment_and_114_new_condos_ap.html

terrywade
terrywade on January 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I have talked to Tim League of Drafthouse Cinemas. For the large downstairs theatre he may put in a semi large curved screen with curtains and a kick ass stereo sound surround system. I told him to contact Century/Cinemark as in Pleasant Hill CA they have a large D-150 screen track that will go up in dust in a few months when they turn the wreckers ball on this classic dome theatre. Tim also knows about showmanship and the use of color lights in the new theatres coming at the New Mission. The Castro Theatre SF will have some major competion and food when this new theatre opens in about a year. You won’t find the New Mission Theatre SF closed on Mondays & Tuesdays like the Castro Theatre is now. The Mission plans to run retro, first run and some 70mm real film plus digital movies and grindhouse festivals and great trailers. Good luck to Tim and the New Mission San Francisco CA. Wait till the noisy movie people in SF find out about the Drafthouse policy for cell phones and tweets in the theatre when a movie is on. This area of Mission St in SF is making a big comback.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on January 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Any idea if the neon will be restored?

stevenj
stevenj on January 23, 2013 at 1:32 am

From the Alamo Drafthouse page for San Francisco. Pictures of the interior are at the link at the end of the last sentence.

http://drafthouse.com/blog/entry/new_mission_theater_approved_for_renovation

terrywade
terrywade on January 23, 2013 at 2:22 am

Yes the big neon sign will come to life. I beleive the tubes are a bright red/orange neon. The paint will be a rustic red Southwest look.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on January 25, 2013 at 4:54 am

I don’t understand why you feel the need to take shots at the Castro theatre. In fact – they’re only dark one Monday in January, other than that every day on the calendar is full. So, please please do your homework before coming on here. Granted they did take those days off in the past, but now is now.

Your venom should perhaps be placed at Landmark. They shut down 4 screens for independent film in 2012.

If food being offered in a theater is being viewed as competition and since Alamo shows a mix of mainstream and revival- then perhaps AMC and Cinemark have reason to be concerned as well, not just the Castro.

Seems you might a slight tad biased due to your “audience” with Mr. League. No?

I’m thrilled that the Drafthouse is going to open and hope they are so by November 2013 so I can visit. I hope they survive 91 years and beyond.

Broan
Broan on January 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

http://books.google.com/books?id=1qEbAQAAMAAJ&dq=cove%20lighting%20theater&pg=PA1990#v=onepage&q&f=false

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Direct link to Alamo website about this theater here.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on June 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

The blog Mission Mission posted up a photo of someone with a tattoo of the marquee of this theatre.

http://www.missionmission.org/2013/06/06/new-mission-theater-tattoo/

Now that is one photo for this page!

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