Posts Tagged ‘coronet’

Harsh! San Francisco Architecture Critic John King Takes Down the Richmond District and Its NIMBYs!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Dude, harsh!

Dude!

“A Richmond Review article on a 2004 meeting described how an Almaden resident protested the likely loss of light and views – even though the building would be to the north, out of the sun’s path, and the “lost view” would be of a 125-foot-wide thoroughfare that has yet to grace a postcard.”

Harsh!

From the time betwixt the Coronet Theatre and the senior housing what’s there these days:

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Moving on. I’ve come to the conclusion that not only does John King take pichures as good as the full-time staff photographers/editors what’s at the San Francisco Chronicle, he takes pichures better than the full-time staff photographers/editors what’s at the San Francisco Chronicle.

I mean, he’s making his point about whatever, so isn’t he the best person to take the photo to make the point?

To prove this, I’d cite the photos from the article above and also what SFGate had about the CIRM worm. (I was looking forward to seeing how a pro would handle that crazy building, but oh well.) Compare those shots with John King’s over at the SFGate archive. See?

John King is better, faster, cheaper, stronger, photography-wise

Just saying, bro.

The Aging Pink Dodge Coronets of the Western Addition

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

As promised, here’s just one of the aging 1957-1959 Dodge Coronets littering the streets of the Western A:

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Thank goodness it’s not one of those angry Coronets.

Anyway, we should all look so good when we’re in our fifties…

Finally, Tower Crane Replaces Coronet Theatre. Soon, Senior Housing on Geary

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Famed five-star Yelp-rated Coronet Theatre at 3575 Geary near Palm Avenue in the Inner Richmond district done closed down with a final showing of Million Dollar Baby on March 17, 2005. Did people camp out for ages to be first in line for a Star Wars movie premier back in the day? Oh yes. But that’s all history now.

These days, straight-out-of-Hayward Peck and Hiller is laying concrete For The Future, which will take form of a building from the Institute on Aging for housing seniors. We shall take a look-see, non?

The mise-en-scene. Click to expand:

Let’s take a peek up there at The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love. This tower crane operator sits and stands to make everything work.

Rebar sailing above Geary Boulevard. Mind the spilled motor oil

Burly construction workers are on hand to protect the Porta-Potties from the One Who Shant Be Named:

And here’s what it will all look like, if you can see past the chain link and graffiti:

It’s too bad we lost the Coronet, but just try filling a 1300-seat one-screen theater in this Day and Age.

Get ready for the Inner Richmond, seniors!

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Coronet, Coronet the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all bay areans have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her projection, and the kings of Hollywood have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

New Indiana Jones Movie a Huge Hit at the Castro Theatre

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

There was a time when a big movie like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would open at a place like the now-deceased Coronet Theater. But The Castro was doing pretty well  for itself last night with a packed house on the first day of the new Indy.

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Bullwhip? (Doesn’t everybody in San Francisco have one already?) Free.

Costco drinking water? $.12 plus $.05 CRV.

Fedora? $29.97 from Lucky Supermarket 

Memories of entertaining the long lines of people waiting to get a good seat? Priceless.

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View from the balcony includes an old-skool organist and a proper chandelier

Don’t forget to complete your Indiana Experience by purchasing LEGO Indiana Jones Adventures. All the cool kids are doing it!

So turn up your hearing aid (if you have one, as the Castro Theatre’s sound system seems a tad on the quiet side) and get on out there!

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