Market Street Cinema
Market Street Cinema in 2012
|Address||1077 Market Street|
|Opened||December 22, 1912|
|Architect||Clifford A. Balch|
Market Street Cinema was a historical theatre located on Market Street in the Mid-Market district, San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1912 by David and Sid Grauman as the Imperial Theater. It was converted into a movie theatre as the Premiere Theatre (1929) and the United Artists Theatre (1931).
In 1972 it was renamed Market Street Cinema and was used through the early 2000s as an adult entertainment venue. The role of the theatre in San Francisco's sex industry in the 1980s was documented in a photo essay by photographer Leon Mostovoy. In October 2015, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved a plan to demolish the theatre and replace it with an eight-story building.
Market Street Cinema is considered haunted in popular culture: it features in a 2013 episode of Ghost Adventures (season 7, episode 25) and was used as a shooting location by filmmaker Charles Webb for a low-budget horror movie called G-String Horror.
On August 15, 2016, Mint Minx Press published the novella Market Street Cinema by author Michele Machado, narrating the fictional account of a dancer working at the club in 1998.
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- "1077 Market Street (Grauman's Imperial, 1912; Imperial, 1916; Premier, 1929; United Artists, 1931; Loew's, 1970; Market Street Cinema, 1972)". Upfromthedeep.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "KPIX-TV newsclip from the world premiere of Dirty Harry". Diva.sfsu.edu. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "download MPEG4 newsclip". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "Market Street Cinema in San Francisco, CA - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- "Leon Mostovoy: Market Street Cinema | ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries". one.usc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- "Residential complex to replace century-old theater on Market Street - The San Francisco Examiner". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- "Ghost Adventures: Market Street Cinema". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
- Barmann, Jay. "What Will Become of the Historic, Quite Possibly Haunted, Market Street Cinema?". SFist. Archived from the original on 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
- Machado, Michele (2016). Market Street Cinema. United States: Mint Minx Press. ISBN 0692551352.
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