4-Star Theatre

2200 Clement Street,
San Francisco, CA 94121

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Operated by: CinemaSF

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: La Bonita Theatre, Star Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 415.309.9240

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4-Star Theatre

Located in the Richmond district of the city. The former La Bonita Theatre has been close to closing many times since its birth in 1912. By 1941 it was operating as the 350-seat Star Theatre. It was renamed 4-Star Theatre on February 3, 1946 and had 330-seats. Although any of its architectural character was long clapboarded over, the theatre has retained a simple Moderne style marquee and vertical sign. Chinese characters have also been painted on the façade.

The theatre was the site of an 11-month run of “La Cage aux Folles” in 1979. It was twinned by adding a 49-seat theatre and showing mostly arthouse and foreign films, the 4-Star Theatre continued to struggle, but it was a survivor. It was closed and sold in September 2021. It reopened on December 8, 2022 with one screen with 140-seats. The former second screen has been converted into an art gallery.

Contributed by Juan-Miguel Gallegos

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

terrywade on September 10, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Let’s hope the new managers of the small 4 **** Theatre in SF fix the main stage curtains to make them work again as they don’t bother fixing the curtains at the Vogue and Balboa Theatres in SF they run. Bring some showmanship back and program some 35mm movie classics. Time to rip out the tiny add on screen in the back side and make the cinema one again!

terrywade on September 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm

I forgot to add the 4 **** Theatre has just mono sound last time I was in the cinema. Please put in a stereo surround system when you remodel the place and some color lights.

ridethectrain on September 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm

From Lee Neighborhod Theatres website: Posted photo of it in photos section.

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 4 Star theatre has been sold and transferred to new ownership. We wish them all the best and we will continue the lasting tradition of preserving independent cinemas in San Francisco. We at Lee neighborhood theatres would like to thank the Bay Area for an amazing thirty years of screening countless independent films along with an array of film festivals and events. We will continue to showcase films at our Presidio and Marina theatres located in the Marina district. Again, thank you all for supporting Lee Neighborhood Theatres for the last THREE decades! Lee Neighborhood Theatres

ridethectrain on January 21, 2022 at 11:27 am

From 4 Star Theatres facebook pageHello friends & neighbors! We wanted to update you on some excellent 4 Star news! On Wednesday we went to the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, where so many of the world’s greatest albums were recorded and the greatest movies mixed, and picked up TWO GORGEOUS 35MM PROJECTORS for the 4 Star Theater! The wonderful people at the Berkeley FILM Foundation donated them to the theater and gave us an amazing tour through the hallowed ground of Fantasy Studios! Having twin 35mm projectors at the 4 Star will give us the ability to project in changeover style, which will give us access to so many incredible 35mm films. We are truly thrilled and grateful! Renovation of the 4 Star is moving along briskly, and we feel like we are still on track for a summer 2022 reopening!!! As always, you can check in on the Balboa Theater, Vogue Theater, 4 Star, and Park at CINEMASF.CO

ridethectrain on November 30, 2022 at 4:49 am

Please update, new capacity 140 seats reopening on December 8, 2022 according to the San Francisco Examiner, it will be one screen and the second screen will be converter into a coffee shop at the theatre.

m00se1111 on November 30, 2022 at 8:22 am

article from the SF Examiner


ridethectrain on November 30, 2022 at 3:32 pm

please update, total seats 140 and one screen

rivest266 on December 12, 2022 at 11:06 am

Grand opening ad (Facebook) posted.

terrywade on December 12, 2022 at 12:43 pm

After all these years the 4 Star now has STEREO SURROUND!!!! Too bad they did not tear out the tiny back side art space and enlarge the whole place into one semi large movie space with curtains. At least they are open with new sound.

stevenj on September 1, 2023 at 8:51 am

A Martin Scorsese retrospective at the 4 Star for the month of September - “Scorsese: More Than A Gangster”. SFGate article at the link.

Scorsese Film Fest

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