Alcazar Theatre (1976)

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See also Alcazar Theatre (1885) and Alcazar Theatre (1911) for two earlier SF theaters.
Alcazar Theatre
2017 Alcazar Theatre 650 Geary Street.jpg
Alcazar Theatre is located in San Francisco County
Alcazar Theatre
Alcazar Theatre
Location within San Francisco County
Address650 Geary Street
San Francisco, California
San Francisco
Coordinates37°47′12″N 122°24′50″W / 37.78666°N 122.41399°W / 37.78666; -122.41399Coordinates: 37°47′12″N 122°24′50″W / 37.78666°N 122.41399°W / 37.78666; -122.41399
DesignatedOctober 18, 1989[1]
Reference no.195

The Alcazar Theatre is a 511-seat theatre located at 650 Geary Street, San Francisco, California. The venue is host to many touring productions of Broadway and Off Broadway plays, as well as variety, cabaret, comedians, and other theatrical events.[2]

Built in 1917 as a Shriner's Temple at a cost of $150,000,[3] the building was designed in Exotic Revival style, looking much like an Islamic temple, by architect T. Patterson Ross. Upon opening, the June 1917 edition of Architect and Engineer described the building as "an adaptation from Alhambra, a building that stands as the highest mark of Arabian art and civilization." It served as a temple until 1970.[4]

After the Alcazar Theatre at 260 O'Farrell Street closed on December 31, 1961, and then demolished, this former temple on Geary Street became a legitimate theatre in 1976 and took on the name Alcazar.[5]

The structure was gutted in 1982 after attempts to salvage it failed. It reopened in 1993.[6] Standing just west of Union Square, in the city's theatre district, the Alcazar has been renovated.[7]

The Alcazar Theatre was designated a San Francisco Historical Landmark in 1989.

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  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2012-10-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Berson, Misha (1985). Theatre Directory of the San Francisco Bay Area. Theatre Communications Center of the Bay Area. p. 8.
  3. ^ "San Francisco History | Guidelines Newsletter". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. ^ "San Francisco Landmark #195 Alcazar Theater". Retrieved 3 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "A 100 year look at San Francisco marquees and theaters". 13 April 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Wilmeth, Don B.; Miller, Tice L. (13 June 1996). The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre. Cambridge University Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-521-56444-1.
  7. ^ Woodbridge, Sally Byrne; Woodbridge, John Marshall (1982). Architecture--San Francisco: The Guide. 101 Productions. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-89286-204-7.

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