Posts Tagged ‘99 moraga’

Paradise Theatre Reopens, in the Presidio

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Before and After, STYX-style:

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And Before…

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…and After, eventually, Presidio-style:

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Read all about it via Adam Brinklow at CurbedSF.

Hey, did local movie theater-owning interests invest tens of thousands of dollars trying to make sure that this isolated building located deep within the Presidio would never reopen and therefore never compete with said local movie theater-owning interests? Yep, about a decade ago.

Oh well.

Anyway, here’s your FAQ and here are all the deets:

PRESS RELEASE The Presidio Theatre’s Next Act – Margaret E. Haas Fund to Rehabilitate the Presidio’s Historic Presidio Theatre as a Multipurpose Performance Space

San Francisco, CA (June 06, 2017) – The Margaret E. Haas Fund in partnership with the Presidio Trust today announced plans to rehabilitate the Presidio Theatre, located in the heart of the national park site on the Presidio’s Main Post. Vacant since 1995, the building will be rehabilitated into a high quality and affordable multipurpose space for live theatre, film, dance, music, lectures, educational programming and special events. The two-year rehabilitation will commence this summer, and is expected to be completed in mid-2019.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to create a modern and accessible performing space for artists in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” said Margaret “Peggy” Haas, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Margaret E. Haas Fund. “There is a dearth of high quality theatres for live performances – and many of the available spaces are not accessible to smaller performing arts organizations. The Presidio Theatre will offer a place for these groups to showcase their work to a wide range of audiences.”

Located near the historic Presidio Officers’ Club and the expansive green Main Parade Ground, the Presidio Theatre is among the last buildings on the Main Post to be rehabilitated. Originally built in 1939 as a movie theatre for the officers and enlisted men at the post, during World War Two, in 1942, both Jack Benny and Bob Hope brought full casts to perform and record their hugely popular radio shows in the theatre. The theatre was renovated by the Army in 1962, and the last movie was shown in 1994.

The rehabilitation will breathe new life into the historic building while adding great benefit for the Bay Area arts community. When completed, the state-of-the-art theatre will reflect its original 1939 Spanish Colonial Revival design, with approximately 650 seats, a functionally expanded stage, new accessible seating, and code-compliant restrooms. A new pavilion will be created in the open area to the west of the existing theatre that opens onto a new courtyard. The project architect is Hornberger + Worstell and the historic preservation consultant is Knapp Architects, both of San Francisco.

“We are pleased to move forward with this new partnership to bring back a beloved space,” said Francene Gonek, Chief of Business Operations for the Presidio Trust. “This mutually beneficial relationship serves the mandate of the Presidio Trust to be financially self-sufficient while, at the same time, creating new opportunities for public use and enjoyment.”

The Presidio Theatre will be operated and managed by a new non-profit organization set up expressly to support the theatre. It will be host to a mix of theatre, film, dance and music performances as well as lectures, educational programming and special events. Theatre operations will be funded through a mixture of facility rental fees, ticket sales and fundraising.

About the Presidio Trust

The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without federal appropriations, is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. To learn more please visit www.presidio.gov.

Our PRESIDIO THEATRE in the Presidio is CLOSED FOREVER, Apparently. – Another Wasted, Shut-Down Building in Frisco

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Here it is, the Presidio Theatre, Building 99, 99 Moraga, The Presidio, 94129:

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It’s been shut down for a while. Here’s how the moribund lobby looked in 2008:

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There was a plan to open it up again, from back in aught-ten for instance:

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…but that plan failed, in part, due to concerns over it competing with other movie theatres about town. So, some interested parties (known as the Xxx Family) donated money to “lobby” against the real Presidio Theatre ever being reopened.

That effort must have worked, ’cause here’s how the Presidio Theatre looks today in 2015:

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So that’s it, Paradise Theatre closed, for good, due to your “friendly,” local, millionaire, theatre-hating, theatre-owning merchants.

On It Goes…

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Tonight Looks Like a Good Night for Film in the Fog: Free Outdoor Showing of Dark Passage in the Presidio

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Read all about it, below.

“DARK PASSAGE MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FILM IN THE FOG AT THE PRESIDIO – FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING OF CLASSIC 1947 BOGIE AND BACALL FILM-NOIR THRILLER

Presidio of San Francisco — Celebrate the 10TH anniversary of Film in the Fog when the Presidio Trust and the San Francisco Film Society present the film-noir thriller, Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Saturday, October 1 at 7pm on the lawn of the Main Post Theater, 99 Moraga Avenue in the Presidio. Admission is free.

Filmed almost entirely on location in San Francisco (including one remarkably tense scene on the Golden Gate Bridge), Delmer Daves’ gritty, 1947 classic tells the story of convicted murderer Vincent Parry (Bogart) who escapes from San Quentin in order to prove his innocence and is taken in by, and falls for, a sympathetic, young artist played by Bacall. The third of four films Bogart and Bacall made together, Dark Passage is most noted for its first third, which is shot entirely from Parry’s point of view. In fact Bogart is not seen on screen until roughly an hour into the movie.

Dark Passage begins at sunset (approximately 7:00pm). Pre-show entertainment begins at 5:00pm and includes live music from indie rockers Grass Widow and an animated classic. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and to arrive early to reserve a prime spot (and dress warmly, it’s not called Film in the Fog for nothing!). Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Presidio’s Kitchen 39 or bring a picnic. Free parking is available in the Main Parade lot.

For more information visit www.presidio.gov/calendar or www.sffs.org or call 415-561-5500.

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. Its year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media. The film society hosts the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3, 2012), the longest running festival in the Americas; shows the best of world cinema on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; and publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, which features a broad array of news and features on Bay Area film and media. The Film Society’s acclaimed media literacy programs reach more than 8,000 students between the ages of 6-18 each year; and it provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, fiscal sponsorship, the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, the Hearst Screening Grant, the Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”

The Lobby of the Abandoned Movie Theatre in San Francisco’s Presidio

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

No, not that Presidio Theatre on 2340 Chestnut in the Marina District.

This Presidio Theatre at 99 Moraga in the Presidio. The one that is temporarily closed.

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A sad scene from the Main Post Theatre featuring a poster advertising a showing (The Blob, featuring Steve McQueen and Burt Bacharach’s campy music) from five years ago.

But that’s the way it goes with single screen movie houses these days.

C’est la vie, mon chéri