Apollo Theatre

965 Geneva Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94112

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Previously operated by: Golden State Theater & Realty Corp.

Architects: James Reid, Merritt Reid

Firms: Reid Brothers

Functions: Pharmacy

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Previous Names: Amazon Theatre

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Apollo Theater, San Francisco

Originally opened as the Amazon Theater in 1928, for the Ackerman & Harris Circuit, this Spanish Colonial-style theater was designed by the Reid Brothers.

This 960-some seat movie house was last used as a church in the 1980’s. It has since been converted into a Walgreens.

Contributed by Gary Parks, Juan-Miguel Gallegos

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

kencmcintyre on December 21, 2005 at 5:59 pm

Mr. Fabela brings his 15 children to the Amazon in 1953 for family night:

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A photo from 1942:

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Some interior photos:

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 23, 2006 at 2:34 pm

My photograph of the APOLLO sign View link

gsmurph on July 24, 2006 at 10:24 am

Curiously, around the corner from the Apollo, on Mission Street (towards Daly City), there is a building (I believe it’s currently used as an arcade) that looks suspiciously like it was originaly a small movie theater; its inner rear wall has what appears to have been its proscenium. Anybody have any info on that one?????

robertgippy on December 11, 2006 at 9:10 am

the Apollo did not close in 1978 as stated by a previous writer. It reopened briefly in 1982, showing hindi films, then became the banai faith church. after the church, it reopened again for only a month, showing movies from Samoa. The interior was almost exactly the same as the York Theatre on 24th street, (now called the Brava center). The theatre never did well in attendance, as the neighborhood was considered “rough” in the evenings. Funny though, in its last days, they installed a movie screen that was directly in front of the original screen. it was a horribly made looking thing, to accomodate 70mm films from India. The screen stretched out from wall to wall, covering the grill work on the sides of the stage. I remember attending the Apollo when they showed all six planet of the apes movies. Hardly anyone showed up. It was sad

GaryParks on February 17, 2007 at 2:20 pm

To respond to gsmurph’s query about the theatre on Mission, around the corner from the Amazon: That is the Rialto. While it looks like the work of the Reid Bros., its architect was Mark T. Jorgensen. It operated for only a very brief time once the Amazon opened nearby. Ironic that its interior and exterior have now survived moreso intact than its competition, the Amazon, which once bested it.

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Here is an April 1999 story from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm

From the 1980sa photo of the Apollo Theatre sign in San Francisco.

wurl240 on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I toured the Amazon/Apollo about 1984. Previous operators had shown Indian films, but video tape ran them out of business. Amazon was surprisingly intact with an original painted stage drape and hanging chandeliers. I don’t believe it had ever been remodeled. It was a sister house to the Avenue, a few miles away. Where Avenue suffered a 1938 modernization, the Amazon was largely original. It is now (2012) a Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

jordanlage on July 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Since the SF Chronicle article (actually a “special to the Examiner”) that kenmcintyre posted the link to was published (April 5, 1999), of the single-screen theaters mentioned, only the Clay and the Vogue still operate as single-screen theaters: “Some survive – the Clay, Coronet, Bridge, the Vogue, Presidio and Regency 2 – but most of San Francisco’s one-screen theaters have gone…” The Pagoda and the Coliseum – also mentioned – are gone. The Century 21, said to be in the Marina District, I can’t seem to find on CT.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Jordan — I think the article is referring to the Cinema 21 (originally the Marina Theatre) which was converted into a Walgreens and also houses a new Marina Theatre.


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