Palmer Theatre

4045 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Children's Matinee at the Palmer Theatre, San Francisco, CA in 1926

Many times, when I was a child in the mid-1940’s, I walked by this theatre that had already closed down and was an auto repair shop. Since autos entered through the front door area, you could clearly see the slope of the floor and the stage area still existed. My mother is the one who told me the name and that she remembered watching ‘serials’ there like “The Perils of Pauline”. It was located on the south side of 24th Street and east of Castro Street, about mid-block at best recall. It would be small in size (like the Rita Theatre).

Hopefully, some San Franciscan over the age of 65 will recall the Palmer Theatre. Since I no longer live in San Francisco, I do not know if the building was razed or not. To the best of my recollection, it was basically a one story building. I would enjoy someone else’s comments.

Contributed by W Newman

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novusvir1 on July 21, 2005 at 4:20 pm

I found out just a little more about the Palmer, just so everyone will know it was not a figment of my imagination:

“Theater owners Muzio and Faro ran the M and F, which became the Palmer Theater, located on 24th between Noe and Castro, where Rite Aid is now”.

At least this gives clarification to it’s location. W N.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

I wonder if the Palmer Theatre could have been the house mentioned in the July 23, 1927, issue of Building and Engineering News? It was described as being at 24th and Noe, and was to be a reinforced concrete building with a theater and two stores, costing $70,000. The owner’s name was A. C. Franklin, and the working drawings were being prepared by architects Morrow & Morrow.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 5:25 am

I do believe I might have updated Street View to the wrong building. I was thinking auto repair shop, as in the description, and there is an auto repair shop that looks like it could have been a theater, but I got turned around and didn’t realize I was looking at the north side of the street. The auto repair is at 4050 24th Street. If the theater was on the south side of the street, at 4045, then it was where the Wells Fargo Bank is now. I don’t see a Rite Aid anywhere on the block.

Is it possible that the address is wrong, and the theater really was at 4050? The building there certainly looks the part.

CrownDerby on July 10, 2014 at 12:12 am

My family member Harland Stewart built the Palmer Theater and lived with his wife Henrietta Sheppard at 4041 24th Street in San Francisco. His brother George Wiseman Stewart lived in Almeda and drafted plans and built a good number of the original bungalows in Almeda. Hope you enjoyed this post! :–)

stevenj on July 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

The current site where the Palmer Theater stood has been altered several times. The last time it was remodeled it was built as 2 storefronts, one for a title company and the other the Wells Fargo branch Joe Vogel mentioned above. Prior to that is was a Rite Aid, before that the venerable Surf Super grocery store and before that the above mentioned auto repair shop.

Linked here is a Nov 2003 story from the local Noe Valley Voice about the Palmer Theater and Noe Valley’s other neighborhood theaters.


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