Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
Victoria Theatre is a 480-seat theater in San Francisco's Mission District, which presents locally produced original plays, live concerts, film festivals, musicals, performances by international performing companies and other kinds of events. The theater is located at 2961 16th Street (at Capp Street) in San Francisco, California. It is not connected to the Red Vic, a now-closed repertory movie theater in the Haight.
The Victoria Theatre was originally built in 1908 as Brown's Opera House, showing vaudeville and motion pictures, and was owned by ancestors of the California politicians Pat Brown and Jerry Brown. In the 1940s and 1950s, the theater was named El Teatro Victoria and showed Spanish language movies. From 1963 to 1978, the theater was a burlesque house called the New Follies Burlesk. After renovation in 1978 and reopening in March 1979, it was renamed the Victoria Theatre, and is the oldest operational theatre in San Francisco.
From June 19 to 29, 2014, the Victoria, along with the Roxie Cinema and the Castro Theatre, hosted the 38th Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The theater often hosts new documentary films like The Recess Ends, and live theatrical performances by Ray of Light Theatre such as Bat Boy: The Musical (2005), The Rocky Horror Show (2008), and The Who's Tommy (2009).
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