The Boarding House (nightclub)
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The Boarding House was a nightclub located at 960 Bush Street in San Francisco, California. Steve Martin's first three albums, Let's Get Small, A Wild and Crazy Guy, and Comedy Is Not Pretty were recorded there, in whole or in part. The club was also host to a multitude of musical acts, such as Dolly Parton, Patti Smith, Neil Young, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Bob Marley, Mason Williams, The Tubes, Talking Heads, Old and in the Way, Randy Newman, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin and Tom Waits. British progressive rock group, Camel, played there on 6/26/76 in a performance that was broadcast on KSAN-FM, and cult favorites The Residents also first played there. Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno have said they first met at The Boarding House (The Ellen Show, aired 01/29/2014).
Previous to the 1906 earthquake, the address was an apartment building called The Cecil. After the earthquake and resulting fire, it was rebuilt as a theater and known by many names over the years, including the Kamokila, The Royal Hawaiian Theater, The Bush Street Music Hall, The Balalaika Music Hall, finally becoming The Boarding House in 1971. The building was torn down in July 1980 and replaced by condominiums. A club with the same name was opened by owner Dave Allen for a short time at 901 Columbus Ave in the city's North Beach district.