Photo Feature: San Francisco Theatres – Then and Now

The San Francisco Chronicle does a regular photo feature called “Let’s Go to the Morgue,” which utilizes photos from their enormous collection.

Today’s column is on “San Francisco Movie Theaters – Then and Now.”

In his introduction, the author, Peter Hartlaub, said:

“There were more than 100 archived photos of old Bay Area theaters in the Chronicle photo morgue — I picked 12 of my favorites from San Francisco, then drove around the city trying to replicate the photos in the present day.

I realize seeing most of these once-proud cinematic cathedrals turned into dollar stores, empty lots and Payless ShoeSources may cause some anger and frustration. I suggest you channel that negative energy into something positive, and make plans to visit one of the many surviving historic urban theaters in the area — including the Balboa, Castro, 4-Star and Bridge in San Francisco, the Grand Lake in Oakland, the Elmwood in Berkeley and the Cerrito in El Cerrito.”

Take a look at the feature, with its great photos and interesting reader comments:

http://blog.sfgate.com/thebigevent/2011/11/03/san-francisco-movie-theaters-then-and-now/

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