Alhambra Theatre (San Francisco)

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Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre from Southwest.JPG
The building in 2014
Alhambra Theatre is located in San Francisco County
Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre is located in California
Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre is located in the US
Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre
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
Designated 1996[1]
Reference no. 217

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).[2]

North tower

The Alhambra Theatre once had 1,625 seats when it opened and cost $500,000.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]


  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ San Francisco Landmarks
  3. ^ New life for old theaters
  4. ^ San Francisco Landmarks
  5. ^ Cinema Treasures profile

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