1671 Ellis Street,
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Previously operated by: Blumenfeld Theater Circuit
Firms: Werner & O'Brien
Previous Names: Princess Theatre
Opened as the Princess Theatre on August 31, 1907 with vaudeville. The April 1906 earthquake and fire which had devastated San Francisco had left the downtown area in ruins, and the Fillmore district became the new “downtown” for a while, resulting in several large theatres being built within a few square blocks of each other, among them the Princess Theatre and its next door neighbor, the Orpheum Theatre (later Garrick Theatre) (qv).
On October 14, 1935, the Princess Theatre re-opened as the Ellis Theatre and, as such, survived as a large, popular, third run Fillmore district house up until mid-1952 when the continuing deterioration of the neighborhood brought about its demise. It later became a church, and was finally torn down in the early-1970’s.
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