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Alexandria Theatre/San Francisco

from SFCurbed http://sf.curbed.com/

Building Inspectors Ready To Crack Down on Alexandria Theatre

2010_03_alexandriasmaller.jpgThe Examiner today follows up on the SF Appeal’s reporting on the Alexandria Theater, saying that neighbors and the city are finally hoping to crack down on its persistent blight. While the owners and the Planning Department continue to blame each other for all that nothing going on at the site, homeless people are using it “like a restroom,” and the theater remains empty. But because two small businesses operate out of the back of the building, the Alexandria can’t technically be deemed a vacant building, and thus subject to recent legislation requiring inspection fees and possible blight penalties. Today, says the Examiner, the city’s finally dispatching a hard hat down there to figure out what’s what, and to see if the building really can’t be declared vacant. Meanwhile, the local leadership wants to close the loophole that allows the building to sit there with impunity — which might actually light a fire under the owners’ collective asses and get that boutique theater up and running.

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  1. Gary Parks

    Without editorializing too much, this is yet another example of “The City That Knows How,” having become “The City That Deliberates.” It is my hope that once this situation is resolved, and the theatre is renovated, that work on the building will be done carefully. It is a fact that sections of the Alexandria’s original early 1920s decor remain intact beneath and behind the present 1940s look (itself historic in its own right). A row of papyrus columns is at least partially extant behind the lobby wall that holds the drinking fountain. I am intrigued to know if a collection of fragmented Egyptian painted plaster bas relief panels I own (said by the previous owner to have come from a Bay Area movie theatre) are from the Alexandria. They clearly show evidence of having been hidden in a damp, closed-in envirmonment for a long time–like behind a later wall surface.
    No interior photos are known from the 1920s of the Alexandria, and as for blueprints–ditto.

  2. Gary Parks

    Without editorializing too much, this is yet another example of “The City That Knows How,” having become “The City That Deliberates.” It is my hope that once this situation is resolved, and the theatre is renovated, that work on the building will be done carefully. It is a fact that sections of the Alexandria’s original early 1920s decor remain intact beneath and behind the present 1940s look (itself historic in its own right). A row of papyrus columns is at least partially extant behind the lobby wall that holds the drinking fountain. I am intrigued to know if a collection of fragmented Egyptian painted plaster bas relief panels I own (said by the previous owner to have come from a Bay Area movie theatre) are from the Alexandria. They clearly show evidence of having been hidden in a damp, closed-in envirmonment for a long time–like behind a later wall surface.
    No interior photos are known from the 1920s of the Alexandria, and as for blueprints–ditto.

  3. To think this great neighborhood gem showed 70mm Roadshow from time to time. At laest It is still standing not like It’s neighbor up the street the Cornonet

  4. To think this great neighborhood gem showed 70mm Roadshow from time to time. At laest It is still standing not like It’s neighbor up the street the Cornonet

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