San Francisco Theaters, Cinemas, Dancehalls, after 1906

The following is a list of theaters, cinemas, nickelodeons and dancehalls in San Francisco since the 1906 earthquake and fire. The list arranged by street name because some theatres have changed names many times. Links are available to images from the San Francisco Public Library's San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection and elsewhere on the web. Numbers in brackets represent the theater's capacity.

The information on this list was compiled from vertical files in the Art and Music Center of the San Francisco Public Library, city directories, motion picture directories, daily papers, and the very meticulous research of Jack Tillmany.

451 Alemany at Bayshore
Terrace Drive-In 1951-1953
Baker between Fell and Oak
Coliseum 1907; 1913?
Coliseum Building ca. 1912
3630 Balboa [800]
Balboa (aka New Balboa) 1926-
Balboa Theater
Balboa Theater in 1964.
4428 Bayshore Blvd. (address previously called 4428 San Bruno Ave.)
Bayshore 1926-1959
Beach and Polk
Hungry I (Cabaret) 1960s, 1971
747 Beach
Interplayers 1962-1969; 1970
Circus 1969
Surf-Interplayers 1970
412 Broadway
Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge in 1964
Hippodrome 1975-1980
618 Broadway [500]
Automatic Vaudeville 1910-1911
Broadway Theater & Pennyodion 1913-1916
Broadway Theater 1917-1932
The Committe 1960s & 1970s
Montgomery Playhouse 1970s
648 (or 644) Broadway [1000]
Palace 1909
Royal Palace 1909-1911
Verdi 1913-1953
Verdi Theater in 1943
World 1954-1982
World Theater in 1964
World (New Building) 1985-1998
649 Broadway [800]
California 1909-1910
Liberty 1910-1920
Allies 1920-??
Crescent 1923-1925
Liberty 1926-1949
World 1949-1953
501 Buckingham Way
Cinema Stonestown 1973-1984
Stonestown 1985-
906 Bush
Balalaika Music Hall 1946
960 Bush
Kamokila or Royal Hawaiian 1932-1934
Royal Hawaiian Theater in 1934
New 1936
Federal 1936
Bush Street Music Hall 1943-1946
Repertory 1950-1951
Bush 1950-1953
Boarding House Theater 1971-ca 1986
1757 Bush
Players Theatre 1919-1926
New Little Theatre 1919-1920
Players Club 1918-1919 1922-1923
Players Guild 1924-1928
950 California between Mason and Powell [206]
Nob Hill 10/1944-10/1964
Nob Hill Theatre
1572 California
Light Sound Dimention? 1968
Firehouse Theatre 1971-1975
Lumiere 1975-
Lumiere Theatre in 1984
544 Capp
Community Music Center 1978?-
429 (or 425) Castro [1100]
Castro 1922 (opened 6/22/22)
Designed by Timothy Pfleuger
Castro Theater in 1927
452 Castro
Eureka Nickelodeon
485 Castro
Castro Street 1910-1922
40 Cedar Street (between Polk and Larkin)
Cento Cedar
Cedar 1965-ca. 1985
2141 Chestnut [958]
Marina 1928-1965
Cinema 21 1965-2001
2340 Chestnut
El Presidio 1937-1951
Presidio 1953-1980
(adult theater) 1980-1985
Presidio 1986-
227 Church
Electric 1911-1914
1580 Church at 28th [300]
Searchlight 1916-1918 (opened 8/5/1916)
Empress 1918-1927
Lux 1927-1931
Deluxe 1933
Isis 1936-1937
Princess 1938-1943
Church 1944?
Rita 1948-1960
Delmar 1962-1965
Clay and Battery
Embarcadero Center 1995-
669 Clay
Pacific Arts 1979-1982
Tahiti Fete ca. 1983
448 Clement at 6th
Palm 1909-1918
Palm Theater
600 Clement at 7th
Fishers Nickelodeon 1908-1919
743 (or 745) Clement [2400]
Coliseum 1918-1989 (opened 11/22/1918, closed by the 1989 earthquake)
Coliseum Theater in 1942
1800 Clement
Clement 1911-1924
2200 Clement [400]
La Bonita 1912-1926
Star 1927-1947
Four Star 1947-1990; 1992-
Four Star Theater
451 Columbus at Stockton
Bijou ca. 1907-1909
1909 Columbus
1025 Bimbo's 365 Club
312 Connecticut at 18th [400]
Alta 1913-1929
New Potrero 1929-1963
New Potrero Theatre
485 Connecticut
Lyric 1964
802 Cortland (804?)
Cortland 1920-1957
Capri 1957-1970
Capri Theatre in 1966.
2786 (or 2780) Diamond [300]
Diamond 1918-1929 (closed 1932?, silent only)
Diamond Nickelodeon in 1926
273 Divisadero (275)
Halcyon ca. 1922
Garden 1922-1924
American 1924-?
American Theatre in 1964.
444 Divisadero
Theodon Nickelodeon 1911
Fairyland Nickelodeon 1911-1913
Divisadero at California
Nickelodeon 1913
616 Divisadero at Hayes [1500]
Harding 1926-1970 (opened 4/8/1926)
Harding Theater in 1964
70 Eddy St. [1500]
Tivoli 1913-1926
Columbia 1924-1930
Tivoli 1930-1949
Tivoli Theatre in 1949
145 Eddy St.
Aquarius 1970-1977
Tea Room Male 1978-
Eddy and Jones
Arcadia Dancing Pavilion (ca. 1922)
64 Ellis St. between Stockton and Powell [3000]
Cort 1911-1918 (opened 9/2/1911)
Curran 1918-1921
Century 1921-1922
Morosco 1922-1923
Capitol 1925-1938
Capitol Theatre in 1935.
Capitol Follies 1939-1941
Cort Theatre
198 Ellis St. at Mason [2000]
Casino 1917-1924; 1926-1940
Beatty's Casino 1925-1926
Downtown 1942-1952
Casino Theatre in 1917.
1631 Ellis (1635) (between Fillmore and Steiner)
Orpheum 1907-1909
Garrick 1909-1926
Garrick Theatre
1644 Ellis
Grand 1908
1679 (or 1671) Ellis (between Fillmore and Steiner, southside) [1000]
Princess 1907-1932 (closed in 1932?)
Princess Theater ca. 1910-1930
Ellis 1935-1951
74 Embarcadero [350]
Ferry 1923-1927; 1939-1940
1206 Fillmore
Musee Moving Pictures 1911
1226 (or 1220) Fillmore at Eddy [800]
Nickelless Nickelodeon 1909
Chutes Vaudeville 1909-1912
Lyric 1916-1924
New Progress 1925
American 1926-1929
American Theatre in 1964.
New American 1929-1948
1250 Fillmore
Star 1910-1911
1326 Fillmore
Electric 1911
1329 Fillmore [2000]
New Fillmore 1916-1957
New Fillmore Theatre in 1943
New Fillmore Theatre in 1964
1426 Fillmore
Fillmore 1909; 1911
Fillmore and Steiner
Novelty 1906-1909
Novelty Theatre
1535 Fillmore [800]
Gayety 1912
Progress 1913-1925
1640 Fillmore
Fillmore Nickelodeon 1911
1730 Fillmore
Lyregraph Moving and Talking Pictures 1911
1745 (or 1749) Fillmore [350-400]
Temple ca. 1927- (demolished 1972)
Temple Theatre in 1964.
1757 Fillmore
Haussler 1918-1920
Pastime 1921-1924
2251 (or 2261) Fillmore
Regent 1913-1931
Avalon 1931-?
Clay (aka Clay National) 1936-
Clay Theatre in 1964.
aka International 1936-1949?
Franklin and Sutter
Century Club Hall ca. 1908
Fulton (between 10th and 11th)
Chutes and Zoo 1902-1906
Orpheum 1906-1907
Chutes (Fulton St. Chutes) 1907-1909
415 (or 417 or 425) Geary (at Mason)
Columbia 1910-1924 - designed by John Galen Howard
Geary Playhouse 1924-1925
Wilkes 1925-1927
Geary 1928-1989
445 Geary or 455 Geary
Curran 1922- - designed by Alfred Henry Jacobs
Curran Theatre
650 Geary
Islam Temple of the Shrine (Shrine Auditorium) 1917-1962
Alcazar Theater 1976-1986
1075 Geary
Richelieu 1963-1981
Richelieu Theater in 1963
1750 Geary
AMC Kabuki 1986-
3010 Geary
Bridge 1939 (opened 7/21/1939)
Bridge Theater
3575 Geary (3573?)
Coronet 1949-
Coronet Theater
5400 Geary at 18th [1500]
Alexandria 1923- (opened 11/26/1923)
Alexandria Theater
Alexandria Theater ca. 1923.
965 Geneva Ave. [900]
Amazon 1928-1969 (opened 9/14/1929)
Amazon Theater
Apollo 1970-1983
Golden Gate (at Taylor and Market) [2800]
Golden Gate 1922- designed by G. Albert Lansburgh
RKO Golden Gate 1935-1937
Golden Gate Theater
96 Golden Gate
Mini-Adult
Mini-Adult Theatre
191 Golden Gate
Eureka 1925
1021 Grant
Mandarin 1925-1949
Mandarin Theater in 1934
Mandarin Theater in 1947
Sun Sing 1950-1986
1037 Grant St. (street formerly called Dupont)
Oriental Theatre 1909-1911
700 Great Highway
Palm Garden
629 (or 631) Green
Allesandro Eden 1927
Green Street Theatre 1932
S.F. Theatre Union 1937
Green Street Music Hall 1946-1954
Green Street Theatre 1928-1955
Green Street Theater
678 Green
Fugazi Theatre 1933-1934+
Club Fugazi 1975-
556 Haight [1200]
Liberty 1910-1918
Colonial 1918-1921
Star 1922-1926
560 Haight
Riviera 1927-1935 (opened 3/5/1927)
Midtown 1935-1952 (closed 1/24/1952)
Midtown Theatre in 1942.
1659 Haight
Red Vic ca. 1980-1990
1727 Haight
Red Vic 1991-
1748 (or 1700) Haight [1400]
Haight Street Theatre 1909-1965
Straight 1965-1970
Straight Theater in 1967
381 Hayes at Gough [399]
Hayes Theater 1911-ca.1932
442 Hayes
Grand ca. 1914
830 Irving [390]
Sunset 1927
1333 Irving at 15th Ave. [1350]
Irving Theatre 1926-1962 (opened 6/10/1926; closed 7/8/1962)
Irving Theatre in 1940
4510 Irving at 46th [450]
Parkview (or New Parkview) 1926-1937
Sunset 1937-1957
Surf 1957-1985
Surf Theatre in 1964
215 Jackson
Gateway 1967-1998
Eureka
630 (or 636) Jackson
Great China 1925-1960
Great Star 1960-2000
Great Star Theater
756 Jackson
Grandview 1936?-1978
Grandview Theater in 1964.
Chinatown 1978-1989
825 (or 821) Kearny [250]
Shanghai 1911-1918
Kearny 1918-1940
Burlesque 1941-1945
Rex 1945-1949
Bella Union 1949-1985
Larkin and Turk
Lyric 1906
816 Larkin [365]
Larkin 1916-1978
Century 1979-
931 Larkin
Music Hall 1962-1987
2801 Leavenworth and Beach
Cannery ca. 1970-1993
80 McAllister - between Jones and Leavenworth
Colonial ca. 1907-1908
Colonial Theater
Savoy 1909-1913; 1916-1922
Savoy Theatre
Oriental 1913-1916
Plaza 1922-1925
President 1925-1942
President Follies Burlesque 1942-1963
President Theatre in 1948.
McAllister at Fillmore
Davis 1906
Davis Theatre
59 Market
Gaiety Theater in 1908.
725 (or 729) Market [299]
Silver Palace 1908-1951
Hub 1951-1972
Hub Theater in 1964.
747 Market
V-Odeon 1915-1923
757 Market [299]
Unique 1909-1934
Unique Theatre
777 Market [250]
New Central Theatre 1927
779 Market [950]
Portola Theatre 1909-1944
Portola Theatre in 1920.
Portola Theatre in 1944.
Paris 1944-1971
Paris Theatre in 1964.
Paris Theater in 1971.
787 Market at 4th [2500]
California 1917-1941 - designed by Alfred Henry Jacobs
California Theatre in 1927.
State 1942-1954
State Theater in 1947.
936 Market [1016]
Market Street 1909-1917
Market Street Theater in 1910.
Alhambra 1917-1922
Cameo 1923-1929
Frolic 1919-1923
Marion Davis 1929-1940
Esquire 1940-1972
Esquire Theater in 1964
939 (or 937) Market
Pantages Theatre 1911-1927
Pantages Theatre in 1929.
Pantages Theatre
965 Market near 6th [1000]
Empress 1910-1917 - designed by John Galen Howard
Empress Theater in ca. 1910
Strand 1918-1925
St. Francis 1925-1968
St. Francis Theatre in 1925
St. Francis Theatre in 1927
St. Francis Theatre in 1964
Baronet / St. Francis 1969-1975
St. Francis I & II 1976-2000
980 Market [400]
Lesser Nickelodeon 1909
Grauman's 1910
Maio Biograph 1912-1924
Circle 1924-1932
New Circle 1932-1939
Newsreel 1939-1949
Cinema 1949-1958
Crest 1958-1978
Crest Theatre in 1967.
Egyptian 1978-1981
Electric 1981-1994
Crazy Horse 1994-
982 Market
Loew's Warfield 1922- - designed by G. Albert Lansburgh
Loew's Warfield Theatre in 1922
Fox Warfield
Fox Warfield Theatre in 1964
1029 Market
Arcade Gallery
1046 Market
Pompeii ca. 1926-1936
Regal 1936-1974
Bijou 1974-1989
1066 Market [3000]
Granada 1921-1930 - designed by Alfred Henry Jacobs
Granada Theater
Paramount 1930-1965 (closed 4/20/1965)
Paramount Theater in 1964.
1067 Market [400]
Egyptian Theater 1924-1943
Studio 1943-1947
Guild 1947-1974
Pussycat 1974-1987
1071 Market
Round-Up 1944-1947
Centre 1947-1987
1077 Market [2485]
Grauman's Imperial 1912-1915 - designed by Cunningham and Polito
Imperial 1916-1929
Premier 1929-1931
United Artists 1931-1970
United Artists Theatre in 1964.
Loew's 1970-1972
Market Street Theatre 1972-
1110 Market
Gold Palace 1908-
1123 / 1125 Market (near 7th) [1000]
American 1907-1914 - designed by the Reid Brothers
Rialto 1916-1923
Rivoli (Opera House) 1923-1927
Rivoli Theatre in 1926.
Embassy 1927-1931
Vitaphone 1929-1931?
Warner Brothers 1932-1933
Embassy 1934-1989
Embassy Theater in 1964.
1127 Market [700]
Jewel 1917-1920 (opened 10/27/1917)
Sun 1920
College 1920-1921
Francesca 1921-1928
Strand 1928-
Strand Theatre in 1964.
1182 (or 1172) Market at 8th St. [2900]
Pantages 1926-1929 - designed by B. Marcus Priteca
Pantages Theater
Pantages Theater in 1926.
Orpheum (or RKO Orpheum) 1929-
Orpheum Theater in 1931.
Orpheum Theater
1191 Market and 8th
Central 1906-1911
Central Theater
Market and 10th
Gettysburg
Gettysburg Theater in 1924.
1350 Market [5000]
Designed by Thomas Lamb
Fox 1929-1963 (opened on 6/28/1929)
2315 Market
Palace Theatre 1918-1924
2362 Market
Jose Theater
Jose Theater in 1914.
2353 Mission
El Capitan 1928-1964 - desgiend by G. Albert Lansburgh
El Capitan Theater
2465 Mission later 2457 Mission
Majestic 1911-1941
Tower 1942-
Tower Theater in 1964.
2547 Mission
Wigwam 1907-1913
2550 Mission
Idle Hour 1913-1916
Mission / New Mission 1916-1993
New Mission Theater in 1943.
New Mussion Theater in 1975.
2555 Mission
Wigwam 1913-1930 (opened 7/24/1913)
Wigwam Theatre in 1913
Rialto / New Rialto 1930-1947
Crown 1947-1974
Crown Theater in 1964.
Cine Latino 1974-1990
2605 Mission near 22nd
Grand 1909-1919
New Grand Theater
Real Art 1919-1925
2665 Mission
Grand 1940-1988
Grand Theater in 1970.
Mission between 23rd and 24th
Star 1908-1911
3350 Mission (at 29th)
Lyceum Theatre 1907-1964
4621 Mission
Panama 1913-1922
4631 Mission
Excelsior 1922-1931
Granada 1931-1982
Granada Theater in 1964.
4734 Mission
Excelsior 1911-1913
Bell 1919-1920
Bell Theater in 1919.
5177 Mission near Geneva
Rialto 1928-1929
5825 Mission
State 1925-1931
State Theater in 1929.
Del Mar 1947-1950
99 Moraga Avenue, at Montgomery
Presidio Theatre
Presidio Theatre in 1982
1634 Ocean
Balboa 1922-1931
Balboa Theatre
Westwood 1931-1932
1970 Ocean Avenue
El Rey 1931- - Designed by Timothy L. Pflueger
El Rey Theater in 1942
147 O'Farrell later 141 O'Farrell (between Stockton and Powell, southside)
Orpheum 1909-1929 - designed by G. Albert Lansburgh
Orpheum Theatre
Columbia 1930
Erlanger's Columbia 1931-1934
Minski's Columbia 1935
Columbia 1936-1937
160 O'Farrell
Gaiety 1913-1915
Hippodrome 1915-1924
Loew's Hippodrome Theater
Union Square 1925-1929
Filmarte 1931-1934
260 O'Farrell between Powell and Mason
Alcazar 1907-1922 - designed by Cunningham and Polito
New Alcazar Theater in 1907.
Alcazar Theater
Alcazar Theater in 1951.
Wilkes Alcazar 1922-1924
Federal 1937-1939
United Nations 1945-1952
Alcazar 1952-1961
O'Farrell and Steiner
Novelty 1906-1914
498 Pacific at Montgomery
Turf 1907-1911
Turf Concert Hall
Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge Nightclub
Hippodrome 1920s-1930s
Hippodrome Nightclub
Hippodrome Nightclub
560 Pacific
Hippodrome
1529 Polk
Designed by Timothy L. Pflueger
Royal 1916 (opened 9/6/1916)
Royal Theater in 1943.
1537 Polk
Queen 1910-1920
1649 Polk
Polk Theatre New 1911-1927
2320-2336 Polk
Alhambra 1926- - Designed by Timothy L. Pflueger
Alhambra Theater
Post and Steiner, northwest corner
National 1907-1917
1700 Post at Buchanan
Toho 1971
Kokusai
37 Powell
Edison 1918-1933
Powell 1933-1977
1741 Powell
Washington Square (opened 4/10/1909)
Milano 1930-1937
Palace 1937-1974
Pagoda Palace 1974- ??
2290 Powell
Northpoint 1967- ??
3290 Sacramento
Elite 1912-1919
Rex 1919-1927
Plaza 1927-1939
United Artists Vogue 1939-
Vogue Theater in 1982
2650 San Bruno
Avenue 1927-1984 (opened 8/20/1927)
Avenue Theatre in 1947.
Steiner near Sutter
Dreamland Rink ca. 1908
332 Stockton
Maitland Playhouse 1919-1923
1249 Stockton, near Broadway
Acme 1910-1949
Acme Theater in 1918
Times 1940-1976
1475 Stockton
Flagg 1911-1927
1268 Sutter
Avalon Ballroom
Regency II 1969-2000
Sutter and Pierce
Winter Garden Dancing
2030 Sutter
Victory 1907-1909 (opened 11/25/1907)
Fischer's 1909-1913
Sutter 1913-1914
All Star 1914-1926
Class A 1926-1927
Sutter 1927-1941
Teatro Sutter 1941-1955
Sutter, between Fillmore & Steiner (north side)
Empire 1906-1908 (opened 9/24/1906)
Pantages 1908-1911
2101 Sutter, at Steiner, southwest corner
New Alcazar 1908-1911
1912-1925 Republic
Sutter 1926
Uptown 1930-1970
Uptown Theater in 1930.
Uptown Theater in 1964.
933 Taraval near 19th
Parkside 1928-1965 (opened 12/28/1928)
Fox Parkside 1965-1980
Fox Parkside Theater in 1975
78 Turk
Gayety
Gayety Theater
2055 Union
Metropolitan 1924-1941 (opened 4/23/1924)
United Artists Metro 1941-
2240 Union
Cory 1913-1920
Capitol 1922-1924
Crown 1924-1925
Rialto 1926
Union 1932-1941
Rio 1941-1968
Metro II 1968-1982
Rio 1982
Mercury 1983-1986
235 Valencia
Valencia 1908-1924
Valencia Theatre
259 Van Ness
Van Ness 1907-1910
Van Ness Theatre
Van Ness near Golden Gate
Opera Plaza 1984+
1000 Van Ness
AMC 1000
1320 Van Ness
Scottish Rite Hall
Regency 1967-1969
Regency I 1969-
?? Van Ness
Galaxy
1470 Washington
Theatre Francaise La Gaiete 1921-1931
French Theatre 1923-1924
La Gaiete Francaise 1924-1925, 1929
Theatre Francaise 1928
Ferrier's Theatre of Art 1929
Ferrier Andre Theatre of Art 1932
Ferrier's Theatre Francais d'Art 1933
Ferrier Andre Art Theatre 1933-1936
Ferrier's French Theatre of Art 1937-1938
Ferrier Art Theatre 1937-1938
Ferrier Andre Art Theatre 1939-1943
Ferrier Andre French Theatre 1943-1951
Theatre Francais 1947
Theatre Ferrier 1950
85 West Portal
West Portal 1925-1936
Empire 1936-1974
Empire 3 1974-
Empire Cinema
Empire Cinema
335 6th Avenue
Lincoln 1911-1940
148 3rd Street
Peerless 1912-1970
Peerless Theater in 1929
aka Third Street Peerless, Peerless Theatre Girlesque 1958-1960
357 / 365 3rd Street
Majestic Theatre 1911-1931
4705 3rd Street (formerly 14th Street and Railroad)
South San Francisco Opera House 1888-1913
Columbia 1913-1924
Bayview Opera House
4935 3rd Street and Quesada (formerly 1383 Railroad Avenue)
Bayview Theatre 1924-1957
2961 16th Street, at Capp
Sixteenth Street 1907-1913
Victoria 1913-1964; 1977-
New Follies 1964-1977
New Follies Theatre in 1965.
New Follies Theater in 1968.
3117 16th Street near Valencia
Poppy 1914-1916
New Sixteenth Street 1917
Rex 1920
Gem
Gaiety 1933
Roxie 1934-
Roxie Theater in 1977
Roxie Theater in 1977
2795 24th Street near York
Roosevelt 1926-1962 (opened 9/22/1926)
Roosevelt Theatre in 1944.
York 1962-1995?
Brava Women's Theatre 2000?-
York Theatre
3984 24th Street
Noe 1937-1952 (opened 1/14/1937)
4043 24th
Palmer Theatre 1917-1938