Regency II

1268 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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R2Cashier on January 9, 2018 at 1:32 am

Worked there from ‘91 til they closed. Always had the same management team while I worked there.

Manager Dale Fisher
Asst Manager Lydia Rodriguez
Asst Manager “Steven” from the R3

I started off as an usher there, worked in concessions for a little bit, and closed the theater in the Box Office.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Regency II did have an escalator from the street level into the lobby.

Cinerama on December 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm

I remember seeing Days of Heaven in 70mm 6-track sound and you had to take an escalator to get up to theatre. Was it this one or were there other theatres that had an escalator?

jbeau on April 4, 2017 at 3:01 am

This has NOT been demolished! It’s now the Argonaut advertising agency.

whitejimrice on June 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Recent news. It has been Demolished. Nothing but a hole in the ground. I’ll try to take pics soon and upload them.

robertcampbell on February 25, 2016 at 12:34 am

Went there only once and saw the movie Carrie. It was a nice place to see a movie, but the seats were uncomfortable.

Snooze_King on July 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Blumenfeld owned the Regency 1, 2 and 3, plus the Royal, Castro and Alhambra. The R3 was the smallest but had the best location (plus the management team of Jim MacMillan, Aaron Betts and Tseghazeab “Steven” Estisanos)l the R1 had the best movies (as noted above) and the bossiest, crankiest manager; the R2 had a succession of managers and the Royal had great managers but a bad location. When I was a Blumenfeld manager years ago, they often moved managers between theatres (many managers got fed up with their low salaries and lack of candy commissions and quit). The R3 closed years ago, reopened as a playhouse and currently is Ruby Skye, the city’s premier nightclub.

alexandersnow on April 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The one movie I saw at the REGENCY II was the reissue of THX 1138, in the Fall of 1977; this was, of course, the peak of the STAR WARS craze, when any and all Science Fiction would find a ready audience.

As I recall,the REGENCY II did make the news the following Spring, with the release of COMING HOME; there was a protest, as the theater was not wheelchair accessible, and this was a movie about disabled Vietnam Veterans.

CSWalczak on November 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I saw quite a few films here; I think the last one I saw was “The Last Starfighter.” It was actually quite easy to find, and was during its time part of a little cinema district between Van Ness and Polk, that included the Regency I, the Galaxy, the Royal, and the Lumiere, all within easy walking distance from each other. By the time AMC opened its multiplex on Van Ness, these theaters did not stand a chance. Because it was formerly a ballroom, the was almost no rake to the floor, but it still was a good place to see a film.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

What an easy theatre to miss,Guess the locals had it all to themselves and that ain’t a bad thing!

sweitzel on October 23, 2009 at 2:24 am

The Regency II had Norelco DP-75 35/70mm projectors. One of the machines is currently owned by a private film collector in Menlo Park, CA. I had the other projector in Santa Clara from 2004 until 2008 when I sold it to another private collector in Los Angeles.

terrywade on August 9, 2007 at 10:05 pm

This theatre had a great curved screen. almost like a D-150 screen.It’s sister theatre the Reg 1 had a smaller screen and like many Blumenfield theatres they just droped masking down to make it cinemascope. I believe they both had 70mm.

Ian on March 18, 2007 at 11:54 am

Exterior photo here:–

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BoxOffice70MM on October 10, 2005 at 8:28 pm

I saw THE LAST WALTZ concert film there in 1982 as a re release, and in 70MM 6-track Dolby Concert level Stereo.
also went to Regency 3 downtown and saw MISSING with Sissy Spacek, smaller than the others, and not as nice.

gsmurph on May 15, 2004 at 2:15 pm

Regency II—-the once and future Avalon Ballroom!

stevemcgarrett on May 15, 2004 at 1:05 pm

I have been here ummmm 2x’s (Simon Birch, Enemy of The State)…. The Regency did suffer big time w/ the neighboring UA Galaxy and AMC 1000 nearby.

As I remember you go up the escalator and at the top you curve right over to the box office counter area. The decor and auditorium looked nice. The ONLY thing I did not like was the CHAIRS. They constantly moved while I was sitting. Grrrrrr

scottfavareille on May 15, 2004 at 12:01 pm

This has reopened as a ballroom again and occasionally has live concerts!