Regency I

1320 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Swirlyewok
Swirlyewok on September 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

4 every1 on here 2 know, Mrs. Stimmel was my grandmother. She passed away this yr on January 25, 2013. She lived a great life, I loved all my memories @ that theater when she was manager. All the workers were always nice. I was very sad when she retired, but more sad when it closed down. & she definitely had an attitude. Lol. RIP GRANDMA. U’ll be missed but never 4gottin. :) ~Ur loving granddaughter Shirley Stimmel~

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

Transformation of temple into cinema described in this 1968 trade article: Boxoffice

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

It’s being used for live shows as well as banquets.

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on September 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

Does Any one know what" in the building NOW?

Abodigital
Abodigital on June 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

I worked at the Regency 1 in summer ‘97 and Mrs Stimmel was still working there, at least part time during the day. I worked nights so didn’t actually work with her but she was always nice to me whenever we spoke and was a real character. I returned while on vacation in summer '98 and she was still there, recognised me and let me in for free to see a movie (The Truman Show). I have very fond memories of the theatre, sad to see it closed. Con Air, Face Off and GI Jane were running the summer I worked there. Winona Ryder came in one night with friends to see GI Jane!

Aerick
Aerick on March 23, 2008 at 5:34 am

It was a beautiful theatre interior wise.. It was green and white as I remember. The walls were green with White moldings, and there were several chandeliers hanging from the ceiling in the main auditorium.

My first movie here was E.T. when I first moved to San Francisco in 1982. I so remember lining up on Van Ness and around the corner as the description above says. I miss that theatre.

George75
George75 on February 16, 2007 at 10:14 am

Pearl Stimmel (1922-2006) was the “manager with an attitude” at the Regency 1. I believe she retired in 1993. Her assistant Anita went home to North Dakota. I have no idea what became of Ana.

George75
George75 on July 12, 2006 at 5:33 pm

I worked at the Regency 1 in the summer of 1991. Mrs. S., the old woman who managed the place from its opening, was the meanest human being I had ever met. She mocked and degraded her staff almost daily; was she the boss till the end? She must’ve been 75 by 1998! Would love to know what became of her as well as Anita and Ana (her two friendly assistants when I worked there; Mrs. S.’s daughter was not always her assistant).

BLFT
BLFT on August 3, 2005 at 6:43 pm

Saw many great movies at the Regency, including “Fantasia” and “E.T.”. Was a great place to see movies, but sadly run out of business by the more modern Galaxy Theater and the AMC 1000 up the street.

BabyJaneHudson
BabyJaneHudson on November 14, 2004 at 2:07 pm

Saw many movies there as Ilived a couple of blocks away on Octavia. Never cared much for that theater as the seats were uncomfortable and you had to look over people’s heads to see the screen.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 7, 2004 at 7:43 pm

I saw “Top Gun” here in 1986, the only time I was ever there, and remember the Regency I as an very attractive place, despite the descriptive comments above.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 9, 2004 at 4:20 am

The Scottish Rite Temple and the Avalon Ballroom, formerly Regency II), were subsequently renamed the Regency Center.