Garrick Theatre

1631 Ellis Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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Garrick Theatre

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Opened as the Orpheum Theatre on January 21, 1907, replacing the downtown Orpheum Theatre, which had been destroyed in the April 1906 earthquake and fire. When the new downtown Orpheum Theatre opened on April 19, 1909, this one was renamed the Garrick Theatre and, as such, operated until the mid-1920’s, when it became the Bagdad Bowling Alley.

In later years it became a church, and was torn down in the early-1970’s. It stood immediately next door to the Princess Theatre/Ellis Theatre (qv).

Contributed by Jack Tillmany

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 14, 2005 at 6:56 pm

Can someone identify this photo ? Is this the Orpheum that became the Garrick, the original downtown Orpheum, or the new downtown Orpheum of 1909? The postcard bears a 1912 postmark.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 20, 2010 at 11:54 am

This 1907 Orpheum was designed by the architectural firm of O'Brien & Werner (Matthew O"Brien and Carl Werner) It was one of five San Francisco theaters they designed that were listed in an ad for the firm in the 1907-1908 edition of Henry’s Official Western Theatrical Guide.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm

An article about San Francisco’s movie theaters in the July 15, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Garrick Theatre had 1,600 seats. In 1916, the Garrick was being operated as a five-cent movie house by Von Hagen Brothers.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Here is a 1907 postcard photo showing the Orpheum Theatre and its neighbor, the Princess, later to be called the Ellis Theatre.

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