Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

GOJIRA Plays the Warfield

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

And I thought he’d never make it out of Japan…

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Gojira (ゴジラ?) is a portmanteau of the Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ?, “gorilla“), and kujira (鯨 (クジラ)?, “whale“), which is fitting because in one planning stage, Godzilla was described as “a cross between a gorilla and a whale”,[20] alluding to its size, power and aquatic origin. One popular story is that “Gojira” was actually the nickname of a corpulent stagehand at Toho Studio.[21] Kimi Honda, the widow of the director, dismissed this in a 1998 BBC documentary devoted to Godzilla, “The backstage boys at Toho loved to joke around with tall stories”.[22] Godzilla’s name was written in ateji as Gojira (呉爾羅?), where the kanji are used for phonetic value and not for meaning. The Japanese pronunciation of the name is [ɡodʑiɽa]; the Anglicized form is /ɡɒdˈzɪlə/, with the first syllable pronounced like the word “god”, and the rest rhyming with “gorilla”. In the Hepburn romanization system, Godzilla’s name is rendered as “Gojira”, whereas in the Kunrei romanization system it is rendered as “Gozira.”

An Incredible Journey in the Inner Richmond: From Old-School, Art Deco Movie Palace to an Indoor “Baseball Academy”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

All the deets.

Rather striking, non, on a dreaded sunny day?

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Le Update: “ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA / ANNAPURNA PICTURES TO KEEP LE VIDEO ARCHIVE COLLECTION TOGETHER IN A NEW LOCATION”

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Just released.

So this is how it ends for Le Video, which, back in the day, managed to fight off a BlockBuster Video what was one week away(!) from opening up less than one block away on 9th Avenue.

But streaming? Nothing beats streaming.

So, it’s come to this.

If you want, read their Yelp reviews from the bottom up, you know, for a laugh.

(I should add that Alamo Drafthouse at the old New Mission is looking awesome, with ticket prices looking surprisingly low to this old-timer.)

“ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA AND ANNAPURNA PICTURES JOIN FORCES TO KEEP LE VIDEO ARCHIVE COLLECTION TOGETHER IN A NEW LOCATION

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2015 – Following the November closing of long-running San Francisco neighborhood video store and archive Le Video, it was announced today that Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League, along with Academy Award-nominated producer Megan Ellison and he, has arranged for the preservation of the Le Video collection.

Bay Area residents will soon be able to access portions of the Le Video archive at San Francisco’s new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Exact details are still pending, but Alamo Drafthouse will partner with Mission neighborhood video store Lost Weekend to rent selections from the Le Video archive in the spacious lobby of the new theater, along with a deeply curated collection of films from the Lost Weekend archive.

“The experience of going to my local video store when I was young made me the movie fan I am today,” says Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “Despite the fact that great video stores like Le Video are closing all over the country, I am confident that a new iteration of the video store experience can exist, and even thrive today. A passionate video store clerk can do what no algorithm can. They can recommend your new favorite movie, one that can’t be predicted from your past viewing habits.”

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open for Star Wars on the 17th of December.  The Lost Weekend lobby video store is slated to begin in January.  Subscribe to the Alamo Drafthouse newsletter or follow @drafthouseSF on twitter for news as it happens.”

So tune up your VHS machine and wait for 2016…

When I’m at the pearly gates
This’ll be on my videotape
My videotape
My videotape
When Mephistopheles is just beneath
And he’s reaching up to grab me
This is one for the good days
And I have it all here
In red blue green
In red blue green
You are my center when I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape [x6]
This is my way of saying goodbye
Because I can’t do it face to face
So I’m talking to you before it’s too late
No matter what happens now
I shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.

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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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How Would You Like to Drive This Long Long Interstate Bus and Trailer Combo Around SF – Another Band Arrives at The Fillmore

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Narrow streets and hills are to be avoided, of course:

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If You Live in SF, You and Your Fam Can Visit the Academy of Sciences for Free, Courtesy of Target Stores

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Once again, it’s time for NEIGHBORHOOD FREE WEEKENDS at our CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES courtesy of TARGET Stores.

Of course there are other days you can visit this place for free, but the lines can be quite long because the whole world is invited. It can look like this:

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Or at least that’s my impression. Just look at this – these people in the pouring rain on JFK Drive were hundreds and hundreds of yards away from the main entrance. The nice thing about zip code-based free neighborhood weekends is that it’s not as crowded as this, plus they throw in Fridays too.

Anyway, the days for 2015 go from February 27th to March 22.

All the deets:

“San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on designated weekends each spring and fall, according to zip code.

Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency* is required.

Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Spring 2015 Free Days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1

Parkside, Sunset
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 6, 7, 8

Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 13, 14, 15

Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 20, 21, 22

* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:

A driver license or state ID card

Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date

Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)”

A 315-Seat Theatre Coming to Haight Ashbury? Admission Will Cost $40K per Year – “Urban School” Hearing on January 22

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Those who’d like to yammer about this project are welcome to waste their time come January 22, 2015.

Read all about it.

(Man, that Urban School has some expensive tuition.)

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“Tuition                         $38,100
Laptop Fee                       $620
Total Charges            $38,720

In budgeting for four years of an Urban education, parents can expect annual tuition increases. The average tuition increase has been 4.2% per year, over the last five years.

For many families, the cost of an independent secondary education may seem overwhelming at first. To assist families in making this important investment in their child’s future, Urban has developed several payment options, including monthly payments, a loan program, and a financial aid program:

Plan 1: Tuition is paid in two installments: Payment 1 by July 1 ($25,260) and Payment 2 by January 1 ($9,650).

Plan 2: Tuition is paid in 10 installments, May to February ($3,491). 

Loan Program: A family may borrow up to the total cost of an Urban education, less any financial aid received. The repayment period extends from 24-84 months, and there are no prepayment penalties.”

Well, Here It Is, The Richmond District’s New Academy: The SF Baseball Academy – Inside of the Old Bridge Theatre

Thursday, 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:

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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.

Marquee of Historic BRIDGE THEATRE on Geary Repurposed to Promote Area Supervisor Mark Farrell – Meet Your New Baseball Academy

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This is the scene days after our most recent election – one hopes this promotional effort for the incumbent Supervisor won’t stick around* for too much longer.

In any event, you can never be too careful when your Conditional Use authorization is under such scrutiny.

Hey, guess how many NIMBY’s complained about the Bridge being turned into the brand-new San Francisco Baseball Academy? Zero.**

So, PLAY BALL, somehow, inside of an old 1930’s-style movie house:

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On It Goes…

*It was part of my job to change the marquee at this Landmark-owned theatre, back in the day. That was no picnic. (Another part was to console the owners of cars that had been stolen from our parking lot. Back then, criminals wouldn’t  smash and grab – they’d steal the whole car. Ah mem’ries…)

**It’s the West Side, nobody cares. Target? Bring it. Chipotle? Coming soon, just up the street near Masonic. Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell? Maybe someday…

“Marissa Mayer in Conversation with Marc Benioff” at the Castro on October 30th – Via INFORUM, the Commonwealth Club’s “Innovation Lab”

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I’m figuring Marc’s going to go all 60 Minutes on Marissa during his hard-hitting “interview” at the Castro Theatre, j/k.

More seriously, check out the “nosebleed” tickets for just $10.

Hey, both these people have had photo shoots at San Francisco Magazine. Benioff was so enamored, he’s using one of their photos as his g0-to headshot these days. Mayer was featured about six years ago – I remember ’cause I had one of my photos taking up two pages – I should dig up that issue sometime. Anyway, the title of the piece had the word “Googirl” in it and I was thinking, “That’s not cricket.” So they Googled the term and then decided to change the title. These days, they don’t deign to fix their mistakes (like talking about diesel powered Boeing jets) after publication. Oh well.

And now, on with the show:

Marissa Mayer in conversation with Marc Benioff – A Visionary Award Event

INFORUM is awarding Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, our 21st Century Visionary Award. Marissa is only one of 25 women to run a Fortune 500 company, and No. 1 on Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. She began her career as the 20th employee at Google.

In 2012, Mayer claimed a bigger stage with her appointment as CEO of Yahoo! In two years, Mayer has launched Yahoo! Screen Live, acquired 17 companies including Tumblr, and spearheaded facelifts for the mail app, homepage, and Flickr. Her boldness has made her a household name.

Marissa will be interviewed by Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will present the award to Marissa via a video introduction.

Join us for an evening with two giants revolutionizing the tech industry at The Castro Theatre.”

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