San Francisco, CA — Subway’s Pagoda Theater plan faces roadblock

PagodaSubway’s Pagoda Theater plan faces roadblock
By C.W. Nevius | Published by
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

San Francisco, CA — It looks as if there’s been some progress in the plan to demolish North Beach’s long-abandoned Pagoda Theater and use the vacant pit to remove the huge pieces of equipment boring the Central Subway.

A $3.5 million lease has been signed with Joel Campos, the Pagoda’s owner. Optimists say demolition of the empty, boarded-up graffiti magnet could begin as soon as next month.

Except opponents continue to marshal their forces. Their latest attempt is a meeting at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center on April 17 to supposedly provide information. But a draft of the flyer they plan to deliver to 3,000 North Beach households makes it clear this is about fostering public outcry and delaying the project.

The leaflet falls short on several facts. It says, for example that the “project plans (a) huge hole on Washington Square.” That makes it sound as if the giant machines will be popping up in the middle of the park, when the reason the Pagoda was chosen was that it would be not only less intrusive, but also on private land.

Then there’s a photo of a blocked street crowded with construction equipment, with the caption: “Impacts of subway construction … will be similar to those at Union Square.” That might have been true under the original plan, which was to take out the boring machine in the middle of Columbus Avenue and clog up two lanes of traffic for months at a time. But again, the Pagoda option takes the construction off the street.

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Thanks to THS Member Terry Monohan (San Francisco, CA ) for passing this link along!

One Comment

  1. Yet another example of San Francisco having become The City That Deliberates, instead of its former slogan, The City That Knows How. Unusually, this is one theatre that I would not hate to see taken down. There is nothing left inside at all. Its charming and intact Moderne interior was brutally hacked out by previous owners in the mid 1990s. A friend of mine tried to buy the light fixtures and projection equipment, but this offer fell on deaf ears, and all was destroyed. Merely my opinion, but I would suggest saving the vertical sign, applying new neon, spelling out the new development’s tenant, and install it on a new structure.

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