Crazy Horse Theatre
980 Market Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Functions: Live Performances
Previous Names: Lesser Nickelodeon, Grauman's Theatre, Maio Biograph, Circle Theatre, New Circle Theatre, Newsreel, Cinema, Crest Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Electric Theatre
Opened in 1909 as the Lesser Nickelodeon. Since 1994 it’s the Crazy Horse, a "Gentleman’s Club" featuring live lap dancers.
So what happened in between? First of all, around 1910, a young man by the name of Sid Grauman took it over and renamed it Grauman’s Theatre. Two years later, Sid opened up the much bigger and better Imperial Theatre up the street, and his former haunts became known as the Maio Biograph.
In 1922 the magnificent Warfield Theatre was built next door, and after a couple years, it was time for another name change, this time to the Circle Theatre.
On October 12, 1932, for some reason or other, it was renamed New Circle Theatre; on December 14, 1939, another name change, this one for a reason: the Newsreel. The Telenews had just opened down the street that September, and was doing very well. The war had already broken out in Europe, there was plenty of news to go around, so why not give it a whirl!
By the end of World War II, the Newsreel game had dried up, but the name stayed on, at least for a while. Then, in 1949, Fox West Coast Theatres took it over and renamed it the Cinema, ostensibly as a moveover house to provide a little longer Market Street run for their first run features that could no longer sustain the high overhead of their larger theatres.
This simply didn’t work out, and soon it was back to the same old grind. On July 23, 1958, the name was officially changed to the Crest Theatre, and the policy was no more nor less than about a half dozen other theaters up and down Market Street, three features for fifty cents.
New management took over on June 28, 1978 and renamed it the Egyptian Theatre, and then on November 18, 1981 the Electric Theatre.
In February 1994, the Electric closed its doors for the last time and it seemed to be all over. But there was life, a lot of life, in the old girl yet. On July 26, 1994 the lights went on again in a big way as it returned to life as the Crazy Horse Strip Club, aka Crazy Horse Theatre, featuring live lap dancers! It’s still going strong. That’s show biz, but only in San Francisco!
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