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An Incredible Journey in the Inner Richmond: From Old-School, Art Deco Movie Palace to an Indoor “Baseball Academy”Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Rather striking, non, on a dreaded sunny day?
Well, Here It Is, The Richmond District’s New Academy: The SF Baseball Academy – Inside of the Old Bridge TheatreThursday, January 8th, 2015
Here it is, this mothership is fully operational – the open house was last month.
The marquee, oddly, used to sing the praises of Supervisor Mark Farrell, until recently:
Read all about it from this bit in the San Francisco Chronicle. Noteworthy:
“He hit a bit of a rough patch while in college. On a visit home for the holidays in 2007, he got embroiled in the infamous “Baker’s Dozen” incident, in which a group of visiting Yale students got into a fight with some hometown boys at a New Year’s party. Though he was a latecomer to the fisticuffs, Aicardi was named in a civil suit seeking damages, along with his brother Richard. In the end, no charges were filed against him and the matter was settled privately...”
In other words, settled privately for big bucks. I’ll just add that the straight-shooting Matier and Ross team had a different take on the “I’m 20 deep and my boys are coming” incident, where jelly and beer were mixed in a quite unappealing fashion. If somebody wanted to say, well, I’ve made a public apology and I’m struggling to move on, ala Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, well, it’s never too late to do something like that, whether you claim you’re barred from doing so or not. Moving on…
I used to turn the lights on at an old Landmark theatre and the all the fuse panels looked a little like this – I’ll tell you, the monthly electricity bill was through the roof, it was a major expense. I’m sure it was similar at the Bridge. Like, even if somebody gave the building to you for free, would it be worth the time and money to operate it as a theatre? I don’t think it was.
So maybe this academy will make money or maybe it’s more a labor of love. We’ll see.
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It looks like this:
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Quite a lot of stuff going on in that shot, huh?
I hadn’t seen the place since it opened up in March 2012.
This is what things look like back then:
The thing about Lucky Strike at 200 King near 4th Street is that’s it’s not like any bowling alley you’ve ever seen. Call it a “gastropub-ish funhouse” or an “upscale bowling lounge” instead.
Get the deets here and now let’s take a look.
Exterior at 200 King:
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L.S. on the left, AT&T Park on the right, kitty-corner:
And the CalTrain station is to the right as you look outward:
Here’s the main bar and restaurant seating area. The idea of the communal tables on the left is to have them at Goldilocks height, not too low and not too high, to allow mixing and conversation betwixt those sitting and those standing.
OMG, this place is bigger than I thought it would be.
Moving on to the Einstein Room, with billiards and other diversions to entertain your brain:
But lets go further in, let’s go bowling:
Shoes shoes shoes!
On the way to the lanes:
I don’t know what this is:
Here we go, here are some of the lanes:
The main bowling area will have art all around, made by innumerable local artists. Here are some Obey Giants from Shepard Fairey, who used to be local.
Moving on past the Lebowski Wall(!) to…
…the Green Room, your own private party space with your own private lanes! OMG.
Can you imagine what kind of large, rich, youthful companies have already made reservations to rent out the Green Room and portions of the main bar area? Oh yes you can, give a guess and you’ll be correct. Anyway, here are the special Green Room lanes, one of which is named in honor of Brian Wilson, a part-owner.
In short, Lucky Strike is going to be awesome.
See you Friday!