Alhambra Theatre (San Francisco)

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Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre from Southwest.JPG
The building in 2014
Address 2330 Polk Street
San Francisco
Coordinates 37°47′54″N 122°25′20″W / 37.79831°N 122.4221°W / 37.79831; -122.4221Coordinates: 37°47′54″N 122°25′20″W / 37.79831°N 122.4221°W / 37.79831; -122.4221
Capacity 1,625
Current use Fitness club
Opened November 5, 1926
Closed February 22, 1998
Architect Timothy L. Pflueger
Crunch Fitness

The Alhambra Theatre is a Moorish Revival movie theater building at 2330 Polk Street in San Francisco, California, that opened on November 5, 1926. The theater was designed by Miller & Pflueger (architect Timothy L. Pflueger also designed the Castro Theater and the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California).[1]

North tower

The Alhambra Theatre once had 1,625 seats when it opened and cost $500.00.[2] It was later converted to twin theaters in 1976. It reopened as a single screen in 1988 and finally closed as a movie theater on February 22, 1998. It was designated official San Francisco landmark #217 on February 21, 1996.[3]

The building is now occupied by Crunch Fitness. The conversion to the gym has retained most of the interior detail, and movies are shown on the still-present big screen. The balcony retains the aisles, which have been widened, although there are only four. They accommodate about 80 cardio machines facing the screen.[4]


  1. ^ San Francisco Landmarks
  2. ^ New life for old theaters
  3. ^ San Francisco Landmarks
  4. ^ Cinema Treasures profile

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