4-Star Theatre

2200 Clement Street,
San Francisco, CA 94121

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Operated by: CinemaSF

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: La Bonita Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 415.666.3488

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4-Star Theatre

The former La Bonita Theatre has been close to closing many times since its birth in 1912. It was renamed 4-Star Theatre on February 3, 1946. Although any of its architectural character was long clapboarded over, the theatre has retained a simple Moderne style marquee and vertical sign. Chinese characters have also been painted on the façade.

The theatre was the site of an eleven month run of “La Cage aux Folles” in 1979. Now twinned and showing mostly arthouse and foreign films, the 4-Star Theatre continues to struggle, but it is a survivor.

Contributed by Juan-Miguel Gallegos

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

jordanlage on August 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm

Can anyone post some interior photos?

stevenj on January 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Jack Tillmany’s history of the 4 Star (published in 2013) for the Western Neighborhoods Project on the OutsideLands website:

4 Star

rivest266 on August 4, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Became Four Star on February 3rd, 1946. small ad posted.

stevenj on September 9, 2021 at 8:35 am

The 4 Star has been sold. The new owner has hired Adam Bergeron, owner-operator of the Balboa Theater and operator of the Vogue Theater, to program the 4 Star.

Details here with links to an SF Chronicle story about the sale and also the CinemaSF.com website that oversees the 3 theaters.

ridethectrain on September 9, 2021 at 2:11 pm

Please update website,https://www.cinemasf.com/balboa/ It in their website coming soon

terrywade on September 10, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Let’s hope the new managers of the small 4 **** Theatre in SF fix the main stage curtains to make them work again as they don’t bother fixing the curtains at the Vogue and Balboa Theatres in SF they run. Bring some showmanship back and program some 35mm movie classics. Time to rip out the tiny add on screen in the back side and make the cinema one again!

terrywade on September 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm

I forgot to add the 4 **** Theatre has just mono sound last time I was in the cinema. Please put in a stereo surround system when you remodel the place and some color lights.

ridethectrain on September 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm

From Lee Neighborhod Theatres website: Posted photo of it in photos section.

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 4 Star theatre has been sold and transferred to new ownership. We wish them all the best and we will continue the lasting tradition of preserving independent cinemas in San Francisco. We at Lee neighborhood theatres would like to thank the Bay Area for an amazing thirty years of screening countless independent films along with an array of film festivals and events. We will continue to showcase films at our Presidio and Marina theatres located in the Marina district. Again, thank you all for supporting Lee Neighborhood Theatres for the last THREE decades! Lee Neighborhood Theatres

ridethectrain on January 21, 2022 at 11:27 am

From 4 Star Theatres facebook pageHello friends & neighbors! We wanted to update you on some excellent 4 Star news! On Wednesday we went to the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, where so many of the world’s greatest albums were recorded and the greatest movies mixed, and picked up TWO GORGEOUS 35MM PROJECTORS for the 4 Star Theater! The wonderful people at the Berkeley FILM Foundation donated them to the theater and gave us an amazing tour through the hallowed ground of Fantasy Studios! Having twin 35mm projectors at the 4 Star will give us the ability to project in changeover style, which will give us access to so many incredible 35mm films. We are truly thrilled and grateful! Renovation of the 4 Star is moving along briskly, and we feel like we are still on track for a summer 2022 reopening!!! As always, you can check in on the Balboa Theater, Vogue Theater, 4 Star, and Park at CINEMASF.CO

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