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Thanks for the photo. God, I miss the Strand!
Thank you so much for the photo. It brings back such wonderful memories of all day features, Rocky Horror, and make-out sessions in the balcony!
Wow! Those take me back! I used to always grab copies of those schedules and plan ahead to catch some movies! Thanks.
I remember growing up and hitting the drive-ins. The Spruce was so cool. It had a playground, so during the intermission we would go play on the slides and swings (Wearing our pajamas!). It was sad that it closed.
Growing up in San Francisco, my mom would take me and my siblings to movies every weekend on Market Street. And one of my favorite theaters was The Strand. It was the Strand that influenced my love of movies, introduced me to the Time Warp when I first saw Rocky Horror, and allowed me to sit back and enjoy good old-fashioned popcorn. It saddens me that the theater would fall apart to such an extent that it would be shut down by cops because it became (a)a porn theater that was inhabited by (b)druggies and hookers. I’ll always remember the good times, and not what it was reduced to.
I was one of the first group of employees hired when the Kabuki opened in 1986, and I was there until 1991. In all that time I saw so many films, both good and bad. I saw my first Pedro Almodovar film, and worked at the first SF International Film Festival that the theater had. I met lots of people, including Danny Glover, Robin Williams and Bonnie Raitt (I remember she needed help because she lost some magazines). When I found out that the theater was aquirred by Sundance Cinemas, a part of me was sad. It’s nice that they will still show films there (I am also a fan of indies and foreign films), but I’ll miss the memories of the first few years that I was there.