Basilone Theater

9th Street and Avenue I,
San Francisco, CA 94130

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Previously operated by: Army & Air Force Exchange Service

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Basilone Theater

Located on Treasure Island, this theater served personnel assigned to the Treasure Island Naval Base. It was named for WW II hero and Medal of Honor awardee USMC Sgt. John Basilone. Judging by the architecture, it probably was built in the late-1950’s or 1960’s, and closed when the base was decommissioned in the mid-1990’s.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak on June 26, 2010 at 5:45 am

Some pictures of the abandoned Basilone Theater:

Exterior, 2005: View link
Lobby, 2005: View link
Exterior, 2009: View link

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm

As a ‘Public afairs’ Navy Reservist at T.I. in the late 70’s-80’s I often saw a good flick at the Basilone Theater.

I was proudly associated with the 45th Anniversary program about Treasure Island and made some 8'x10' b&w copies of stage and projection equipment from historic photos. These also included the California Building fire at the 1939 World’s Fair. I was informed that a pipe organ was destroyed inside.

throgers on December 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The theater building is still there as of the end of 2011, but its condition doesn’t appear that great. The map address can be refined to 9th St and Ave I:

chspringer on December 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I attended this theater when I was in the Navy. I was there in the fall on 1964. The interior was nothing great, but it had a very large wide screen. Great presentations of CinemaScope films.

jkonrath on January 18, 2022 at 3:20 pm

Currently (1/17/22) in the process of being demolished. I was there yesterday and they have the whole thing wrapped in plastic, covered in asbestos warnings, as they tear it apart from the inside out.

stevenj on January 19, 2022 at 8:48 am

Added to Photos - an image capture from Google maps from June 2021.

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