Cameo Theatre

3040 16th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Previous Names: Opal Theatre, Shamrock Theatre

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Cameo Theatre

Located in the Mission district at 3038 16th Street, the Opal Theatre was opened in 1913 and by 1926 it was listed with 500 seats. By 1928 it was listed as the 300-seat Shamrock Theatre. By 1931 the Shamrock Theatre was listed as a ‘silent’ theatre. In June 1931 it was still listed as a silent theatre but had been renamed Cameo Theatre. Possibly equipped for sound later that year, it operated until 1952.

It has since been demolished and a Casa Latina supermarket now operates at this address.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

The cinema was originally called the Opal and opened in 1913, according to Jack Tillmany’s “Theatres of San Francisco,” which gives an address of 3040 Sixteenth Street. No date is given for the name change to Cameo, which closed forever in 1952.

CStefanic on March 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Does this building still exist?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2022 at 10:19 pm

This theater’s name change from Shamrock to Cameo was reported in the July 20, 1931 issue of Film Daily.

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