New Mission Theater
2550 Mission Street,
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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”.
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