Market Street Cinema

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Market Street Cinema
Imperial Theater
Market Street Cinema.jpg
Market Street Cinema in 2012
Address1077 Market Street
San Francisco
Coordinates37°46′51″N 122°24′50″W / 37.780834°N 122.4139685°W / 37.780834; -122.4139685Coordinates: 37°46′51″N 122°24′50″W / 37.780834°N 122.4139685°W / 37.780834; -122.4139685
OpenedDecember 22, 1912
ClosedFebruary, 2013
Years active101
ArchitectClifford 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.[1] It was converted into a movie theatre as the Premiere Theatre (1929) and the United Artists Theatre (1931).

The benefit world premiere of Dirty Harry was held here[2] on December 22, 1971.[3][4]

In 1972 it was renamed Market Street Cinema and was used through the early 2000s as an adult entertainment venue.[5] The role of the theatre in San Francisco's sex industry in the 1980s was documented in a photo essay by photographer Leon Mostovoy.[6] In October 2015, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved a plan to demolish the theatre and replace it with an eight-story building.[7]

Market Street Cinema is considered haunted in popular culture: it features in a 2013 episode of Ghost Adventures (season 7, episode 25)[8] and was used as a shooting location by filmmaker Charles Webb for a low-budget horror movie called G-String Horror.[9]

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.[10]

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  1. ^ "Let's Break Down the History of the Market Street Cinema". Curbed SF. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  2. ^ "1077 Market Street (Grauman's Imperial, 1912; Imperial, 1916; Premier, 1929; United Artists, 1931; Loew's, 1970; Market Street Cinema, 1972)". Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "KPIX-TV newsclip from the world premiere of Dirty Harry". Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "download MPEG4 newsclip". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Market Street Cinema in San Francisco, CA - Cinema Treasures". Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  6. ^ "Leon Mostovoy: Market Street Cinema | ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries". Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  7. ^ "Residential complex to replace century-old theater on Market Street - The San Francisco Examiner". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  8. ^ "Ghost Adventures: Market Street Cinema". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Machado, Michele (2016). Market Street Cinema. United States: Mint Minx Press. ISBN 0692551352.

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