Pagoda Palace, 1741 Powell Street.
Theatre on Polk Street at Union was among the last great movie palaces
in the City. The former movie theatre is now a gym. Already in decline since the advent of television, single screen movie houses continued to disappear in the 1990s. In addition
to the Alhambra, the Royal, Northpoint,
21, Pagoda Palace in North Beach, and
I & II also closed during this period of economic prosperity. These
lost movie houses join several Mission District
theatres as symbols of San Francisco's vanishing Neighborhood Cinema.
The following venues carry the mantle for independent or single screen movie houses in the City:
Star Theatre, 2200 Clement Street, (415) 666-3488
Copyright 2002 Hank Donat