Presidio Theatre

99 Moraga Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94129

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Presidio Theatre (Official)

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Previously operated by: Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Functions: Dance, Live Theatre, Movies, Special Events

Styles: Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Main Post Theatre

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Presidio Theatre

Opened on July 30, 1939 and located on the Army Base it was built as a WPA project. Seating was provided for 900. I saw a revival of Walt Disney’s “Dumbo” here in 1972 for .50C which was cheap even then. It may have even been a double feature but I can’t recall. Filled with Army Base children - not many if any adults.

It stood empty and unused since closing in 1994. In 2017 plans were announced to renovate the building thanks to a $30 million endowment from the Haas Foundation and reopened on September 21, 2019.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

Some details here:
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A recent photograph:
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A photograph of the lobby:
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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on March 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Ten years ago I viewed the theater with the hopes of reopening it but was shocked at what I encountered…
Upon its departure, the U.S. Army idiots completely stripped the building of everything that could be taken. Yes, even the ceiling lights down to the toilet tissue holders!!!

walterk on June 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm

According to an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the Presidio Theatre opened in 1939, it has sat vacant since 1994 when the US Army turned the base it was located on over to the National park Service.

The good news is that the Presidio Theatre is about to undergo a 2 year, $30 million makeover, thanks to Margret “Peggy” Haas and her foundation. Ms. Haas is a descendent of Levi Strauss, and her family has long been involved in numerous philanthropic activities in the Bay Area.

Primarily used as a movie theatre in the past, plans call for expanding the stage area so the venue can handle a variety of events including talks, theatrical presentations, graduations and I would hope the occasional movie presentation.

The theatre is located within a national historic landmark district, so making changes or additions to the structure isn’t easy, previous proposals died in part because of that. However, the State Historic Preservation Office and other parties have given the ok for the changes, which are minimal. Restoration of detail to the building will be done from the original blueprints, it will seat 650 when it opens in 2019.

The article I linked above has more information and includes 7 photos taken last week.

Renovating and Restoring should be added to the Presidio’s status.

stevenj on July 6, 2019 at 11:42 am

Yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle article on the reopening of the Presidio Theater Sept 21, 2019.

stevenj on September 23, 2019 at 11:19 am

This theater’s status should be changed to “Open”.

From today’s SF Chronicle:


m00se1111 on July 8, 2023 at 5:50 pm

85 years ago today saw groundbreaking on what was to become the Presidio. Their Instagram page presents articles from the Fresno Bee & San Francisco Chronicle as well as a great photo of the construction.

Also please add website - www.

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