New Mission Theater

2550 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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MikeKeegan
MikeKeegan on July 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Hey! New construction pictures posted here: http://drafthouse.com/blog/entry/resurrecting-the-new-mission-3-bears-bulls-walls-jobs

MikeKeegan
MikeKeegan on May 30, 2015 at 11:04 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!

stevenj
stevenj on May 29, 2015 at 3:20 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 28, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Under reconstruction May 2015 photo added.

stevenj
stevenj on May 28, 2015 at 5:54 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

MikeKeegan
MikeKeegan on April 11, 2015 at 8:08 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!

Mike

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 11, 2015 at 4:20 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?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Interesting and informative article and well-chosen photos. Here is a direct link to the Alamo Drafthouse page.

MikeKeegan
MikeKeegan on April 10, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Hey Folks!

My name is Mike, I’m the Creative Manager of the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission. I posted some construction pictures and updates here:

http://drafthouse.com/blog/entry/resurrecting-the-new-mission-construction-blog-1

It’s super exciting to be part of this process, and I can’t wait to update everyone along the way!

Mike

stevenj
stevenj on October 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

2 new photos added today – one of the marquee and blade shrouded in netting and with a banner claiming a 2015 opening and the other taken from the corner of 22nd and Mission showing the changing landscape in the Mission.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Per Alamo’s facebook page dated May 7, 2014:

Sorry to have been dormant on this page for so long. Permitting has taken WAY longer than expected but we are almost through the process and renovation should begin in earnest very soon. We are 100% committed to restoring and opening this… space. Stay tuned for more info and details soon! The Alamo Drafthouse IS coming to the Mission.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

Anyone know the status on the restoration, or have plans stalled?

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

Direct link to Alamo website about this theater here.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Any idea if the neon will be restored?

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.

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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

Snarky, hdtv267? Hardly. Ask anyone who has been associated with the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Association just how difficult it is to preserve theaters in San Francisco. It is never easy in any large city, but it is especially so in SF. One the main purposes of this site is to contribute to and publicize preservation efforts and the related challenges. The recent histories of the efforts to preserve the Divisadero, the Metro, and the Coronet are all testaments to the difficulty of advancing theater preservation in this great city.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Probably? Nay, certainly. Rehabilitation, restoration, and construction projects can take years in SF. The process is extensively politicized, and any project is reviewed by an incredible array of governmental and civic groups.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Not surprising at all. San Francisco is probably extremely difficult to build in, let alone an historic building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Colonial Revival in the style field should be Spanish Colonial Revival, which was the original style before Timothy Pflueger’s Deco remodeling job.

Also, I’ve noticed that the auditorium photo captioned “Interior of the New Mission Theater” in the Moving Picture World article I linked to in my previous comment depicts a different auditorium than the photo captioned “Interior of Theatre” in this article in The Music Trade Review published the same year. I don’t know for sure which magazine got the wrong photo, but I suspect it was The Moving Picture World. Its item on the New Mission was part of a section that featured two other new houses, which would be more likely to lead to error than the stand-alone item in Music Trade. The MPW photo might actually have depicted the Lorin Theatre in Berkeley.