Former San Francisco theatre, now Church meeting the wrecking ball

posted by hdtv267 on October 20, 2009 at 10:45 am

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — After a lengthy battle, the former theater, Blue Church, in Noe Valley has recently been torn down.

On June 19, an appeals panel of three judges in San Francisco Superior Court tossed out a jury verdict that had favored the church and its homeless tenants. In August, the church lost two more appeals related to its effort to stay in the building, located at 1596 Church Street at the corner of 28th Street.

James Branch, head of Oakland-based J. Branch Developments, Inc., said he expected a Superior Court judge in September to authorize an eviction and that he planned to soon start demolition of the one-time movie theater.

Read more in the Noe Valley Voice and see demolition photos here.

Comments (4)

CSWalczak on October 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

This former theater had several names but is listed here on CT as the Rita: /theaters/7117/

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Yes, San Francisco, well known as “The City That Knows How” keeps true to her famous title.
Pretty soon the historic cinemas and theaters will all be gone for good, under the name of progress.
Then we’ll be left with the ugly black boxes known as multiplexes. And that’s when I’ll watch flicks in my private home cinema!

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on October 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

And P.S. I might add that the listing of San Francisco’s cinemas on “CT” are 140 plus.
For a city of about seven square miles, that a hell of a lot!

thomasgladysz on October 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm

My summary article on the history of the one time theatre known as the Blue Church, “San Francisco movie theater falls to wrecking ball,” can be found at View link

As I noted in the comments section, it was one of four theater’s in the neighborhood!

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