Posts Tagged ‘Brothers’

Cheetah, Na’vi, Tiger, Cheetah: The O’Farrell Theatre is “Where the Wild Girls Are” in Our Crime-Ridden Tenderloin

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This joint used to be called Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre, and then, sadly, Mitchell Brother O’Farrell Theatre.

But now, it’s plain old O’Farrell Theatre, I guess, in the same old part of the crime-ridden Uptown Tenderloin.

Now check it – the marquis has changed a bit over the years as well:

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I’ve never been, but Stephy S. from L.A., well, she has. Enjoy:

“I hate you O’Farrell Theatre. I hate you because all I ever wanted to do was love you and you wouldn’t let me…”

The rest of her story

Anyway, let’s agree to modify the list slightly:

Cheetah, Na’vi, Tiger, Blue Cheetah

There we go. That’s the ticket.

Who, Besides the New York Times, Says the Sunset District is Bleak? On a Clear Day, You Can See the Farallones

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Or maybe it’s just the Outer Sunset, the Outset, that’s “bleak?”

The view from Golden Gate Heights, more or less, after rain clears. Basically, it’s the Inner Sunset

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Sugarloaf is whiter, so it shows up better than Southeast Farallon proper.

That big underwater nuclear waste dump is just to left of Southeast Farallon, the Big Island. From Hunters Point with love:

But we haven’t dumped 55 gallon drums there since 1970, so that’s good, right?

Anyway, at least the air is clean…

The San Francisco Film Society Wants to “Save the Clay Theatre,” For Itself

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Well, it turns out that the San Francisco Film Society has a plan to Save the Clay Theatre. And why not?

Back in the day, they tried to take over the moribund Presidio Main Post Theatre (the one in the Presidio and not that other Presidio Theatre), but that didn’t work out. Or rather, it hasn’t yet worked out.

Anyway, read a letter from SFFS Executive Director Graham Leggat about what you can do to help, if you want.

All the deets, below.

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These kids from the Bawdy Caste will return for one last Rocky Horror at the Clay the night of August 29th, no matter what.

Via Ashley

Here it is:

DEAR CLAY THEATER SUPPORTER:

The San Francisco Film Society is one of the top twenty organizations of its kind in the world, one of the top ten in the United States, and oldest, biggest and most widely respected film exhibition organization in Northern California. Since 1957, the Film Society has been enriching the lives of Bay Area residents by presenting the best film and media from around the world, notably via the acclaimed San Francisco International Film Festival. The longest-running festival in the Americas, the International celebrated its golden anniversary in April 2007. During its first half-century, the Film Society has hosted more than 2,000 filmmakers and presented more than 6,500 films from 124 countries to audiences numbering more than two million people. It is beloved by its audiences and the international film industry alike. Its contributions to the cultural life of the Bay Area are immeasurable.

Now, as the Film Society begins its 54th year of operation, it is looking ahead to an even brighter future. In recent years the organization has launched many new activities, resulting in significant increases in membership, attendance, sponsorship and earned income. Its numbers are up across the board, in fact, and it is well on its way to establishing itself as a major cultural institution with a vibrant year-round presence. Central to this mission is the acquisition of a theater that the Film Society can call its home, one in which it can present many types of year-round programming in the areas of film exhibition, education, and filmmaker services.

Since December 2009, the Film Society has been in negotiations with the landlord of the Clay Theater, in an attempt to lease or purchase the building. So far these talks are at  an impasse over terms, but ultimately the Film Society hopes to bring the negotiations to a successful and swift conclusion, resulting in a longterm lease or ownership of the Clay. Once the Film Society has the theater, it intends to significantly upgrade the physical plant, which needs a good number of improvements, and reopen it as a revitalized cultural and community hub for the thriving Upper Fillmore business district.

With a half-century of film-exhibition experience under its belt, there is no doubt that the Film Society can make a success of running the Clay. The organization will program the same eclectic and popular mix of international, independent, and documentary films that have so engaged its diverse audiences. It will also program “Landmark”-type films, meaning first-run arthouse hits, as they become available, and will present a number of mini-festivals devoted to individual filmmakers and national cinemas. In all cases the Film Society will add value to these screenings, with panels, talks, and filmmakers in attendance.

So, we urge you, as someone who attends the Clay Theater, appreciates its role in your cultural life, and wants it to continue showing great films in our neighborhood, to ask the landlord to resume negotiations with the Film Society, to come to terms with the realities of today’s recessionary marketplace and real-estate values, and make it possible for the Film Society to operate and bring renewed energy to our beloved Clay Theater. 

When you send a letter to the Clay Theater landlord, please also email a copy of your letter to the San Francisco Film Society at: rsills@sffs.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Thank you for your efforts to make it possible to “Save the Clay”!  – Graham Leggat, Executive Director of the SFFS

Sample letter below.  Please send it to the Clay Theater’s landlord:

 

Balgobind Jaiswal c/o Blu, 2259 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California, 94115

DEAR MR. JAISWAL:

AS A CLAY THEATER  CUSTOMER, I WAS ALARMED TO HEAR THAT OUR BELOVED NEIGHBORHOOD THEATER IS TO CLOSE ON AUGUST 29.  I VALUE THE CLAY THEATER AS A UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION AND WANT TO SEE IT CONTINUE TO PRESENT WONDERFUL FILMS IN A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD SETTING, AS IT HAS DONE FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS.  PLEASE RESUME NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE SFFS TO OPERATE AND BRING RENEWED ENERGY TO THE CLAY THEATER.  CLAY THEATER PATRONS AND ALL OF SAN FRANCISCO’S FILM COMMUNITY WOULD BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.  THANK YOU!

SIGNED______________________________________________________

PRINT NAME__________________________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS______________________________________________

TELEPHONE NUMBER_________________________________________

R.I.P. Clay Theatre on Fillmore, 1910-2010 – Rocky Horror Picture Show on Final Night, August 28th

Monday, August 16th, 2010

News comes from Sam Singer that Landmark Theatres’s popular Clay Theatre at 2261 Fillmore will go dark by the end of the month. Get all the deets from SF Silent Movie(!) Examiner Thomas Gladysz.

Per the New Fillmore:

“The final film scheduled at the Clay is a midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, August 28.”

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Well, it was nice while it lasted, but now it’s gone:

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The Horror of red-eye – will these kids from the Bawdy Caste return for the last Rocky at the Clay? We Can Only Hope.

Via Ashley

Sic transit gloria San Francisco.

Vaya con Gaia, tiny Clay Theatre.

“Come join us for one last The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Bawdy Caste live on stage at The CLAY THEATRE,

It’s with heavy hearts we announce that THE CLAY THEATRE will be closing at the end of August. Join us in celebrating and saying goodbye to this historic theatre with one of our favorite movies! 100 Years of film history comes to a end, help us make this one amazing evening!

The Last
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
with the BAWDY CASTE LIVE ON STAGE!
Saturday August 28th at MIDNIGHT

THE HISTORIC CLAY THEATRE
2261 Fillmore St
San Francisco
Tickets just $9.50-
Doors at 11:30pm Show at MIDNIGHT!
Need more info call us! (415)561-9921
Rocky will be moving to The BRIDGE THEATRE! in September!”

“One Screen. Built in 1910. Operated by Landmark since 1991. The mighty Clay is one of the oldest theatres in San Francisco. Built in 1910 by the renown Naify brothers, builders of the first movie screen in town, the New Fillmore, the Clay was first a nickelodeon house. In April of 1935, Herbert Rosenerreopened the Clay as The Clay International, a foreign film showcase. In the early 1970s, the theatre was part of the Surf Theatres group, run by pioneering San Francisco film exhibitor Mel Novikoff. In 1972, the Clay hosted the first midnight movie in San Francisco with the premiere of John Water’s Pink Flamingos, and also hosted many other controversial films, including The Life of Brian.Since Landmark assumed management in 1991, the Clay has enjoyed such improvements as digital sound, new seats and an extensive refurbishment of its art deco and classic Greek accoutrements. The combination of classic appointments and modern amenities has helped keep the Clay a comfortable, laid-back place to see unique film programming for almost a century.”

Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre Celebrates 40 Years in San Francisco

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

What used to be a Pontiac (a brand of car, kids, back when San Francisco had an Auto Row) dealership changed to Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre in 1969 and the Tenderloin hasn’t been the same since.

Did one of the brothers shoot and kill the other? Sadly, yes. Did Mayor Diane Feinstein drop by one day? Gladly, yes.

Just read the Yelp reviews to see if its worth your $40 to enter.

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Happy Birthday, MB!

In San Francisco, They Have Parking Meters Everywhere

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Well check it out – a fully functional official City and County of San Francisco parking meter on a platform at the Greenwich steps. It’s not hard to get to, just follow those hunting for the huge home-made sculpture of Tatiana the Tiger.

(Did you know that Tatiana the Siberian Tiger has the highest rating of anything on Yelp?  It’s little wonder why the attorneys for the “charmless” Dhaliwal Brothers Paul and Kulbir (aka “the boys” or “the kids” despite the fact that they are adults) don’t want to have San Franciscans determining how big a payday (cha-ching!) they merit from the Christmas tragedy of 2007. What the Dhaliwals’ Yelp ratings would be like…)

Oh well, back to the whimsy: 

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Find the tiger sculpture then look downhill.