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Posted by Ron Filion on Friday, October 21, 2005 at 10:52:39 :

In Reply to: The movie Theatre on Market & ? posted by Helen Eberle on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 18:46:59 :

Just the other day I telling a friend about my favorite theaters at the Opera Plaza on Van Ness. I love them because two of the screens are in rooms probably the size of an average living room or smaller. So, it's like watching a movie on a big screen at home with a few strangers stopping by.

But, I have been watching local neighborhood theaters slowly disappear. In the last 10 years, two on Polk street have disappeared; one has been turned into a fitness facility, the other being replaced by new condos or apartments. Luckily the Lumiere at Polk at California is still going strong. (By the way, both the Opera Plaza and Lumiere are part of the Landmark Theater chain which support independent movies.)

One on Chestnut over in the Marina area was being converted into a Walgrens the last time I checked. The Presidio Theater down the street is still there surprisingly.

Two on Geary have recently gone away, one which was a biggie (I can't remember the name at the moment).

There are still quite a few left though! They seem to survive even with video stores. Strangely enough, I noticed the other day that a video store, which had been around for quite awhile, had gone out of business in Russian Hill.

What is really sad is walking in the Mission and seeing the facades of what were probably grand theaters.

-Ron



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