Cannery Cinema

2801 Leavenworth Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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GeorgeSenda on April 4, 2021 at 11:31 am

Across from the theatre was a great restaurant The Hungry Tiger that had cute decor and huge lobsters in their tanks.
We would watch a movie and go have dinner.
I never did figure out why the restaurant closed.
Maybe the Cannery fire did it in.

rivest266 on August 12, 2018 at 12:04 am

September 16th, 1971 grand opening ad in the photo section.

sconn on March 27, 2017 at 1:31 am

My mom and uncle used to see Bogart movies here when they roomed together in the Haight in the late ‘60s-early '70s.

Chapps on January 26, 2017 at 10:12 pm

My godmother took me out for my birthday one year, and we spent the whole day around Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. And, of course, we went to see ‘Above San Francisco’, which was great – I even got the book for my birthday. Very small theater – the whole Cannery was a bit of an odd shopping center.

upinthehaight on January 29, 2016 at 7:27 am

I remember seeing a Documentary here as part of the SF Film Festival in the early 90’s. The theater was on an upper floor, and was not very large, but a great space.

robin88 on April 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Sometime in the late 1980s or early 90s I saw a film at the Cannery about growing up Irish Catholic in a small Newfoundland village. It was in b&w, but was excellently done from a young man’s perspective. Does anybody out there remember that film? What is the name of that film?

Revilorest on April 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

I remember ABOVE SAN FRANCISCO at the pocket-sized Cannery Cinema back in the 1970’s. The film moved there for a short time after leaving an equally tiny venue two blocks away at Ghirardelli Square. I can still recall the verses by Robert Louis Stevenson intoned by the amazing Orson Welles as part of his narration.

George75 on July 18, 2006 at 6:29 pm

I took my friend there in 1985 to see “Amadeus.” The Cannery was the puniest theater I had ever seen. Sorry to hear it’s gone.

GSenda on May 12, 2006 at 1:38 pm

This was a little theatre. I saw a couple of movies there.

We used to go to the movie and take the elevator afterwards up to the Hungry Tiger (this was in the early 70s) and would eat our fill of the incredibly cheap lobsters this place served. Best seafood place I ever ate at.

Sadly both the small theatre and the restaurant are gone.

For awhile I had a flier advertising Linda Blair appearing in a live stage play there sometime after it became a live theatre.

I saw Above San Francisco there too. A great film and wonder why no one has updated it.

George Senda
Concord Ca

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Gerald A. DeLuca on July 14, 2005 at 9:17 am

I too saw Above San Francisco here as a tourist in June of 1973.

trooperboots on December 29, 2004 at 9:20 am

The Cannery Cimema was very small. I am guessing 100 seats or so. It was nothing more than a large room on the south east corner of the main floor of the building lined in heavy drapes. The floor was only slightly raised at the rear. I also remember seeing “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” with Joanne Woodward there. I could never forget that title!

trooperboots on December 29, 2004 at 9:17 am

The Cannery Cinema was open during the mid-1970s and for several months showed a wonderful film called “Above San Francisco” narriated by Orson Welles. It was a 35 minute film which featured aerial shots of the city along with historic footage of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition and the Cliff House. The film later became a coffee table book. The tourists loved it… and so did I!

gsmurph on June 27, 2004 at 6:43 pm

The Cannery’s status is “Closed.”

gsmurph on February 15, 2004 at 9:04 pm

The Cannery was a single-screen theater.

gsmurph on December 9, 2003 at 6:20 pm

The Cannery opened and closed several times during its time as a theater. At one time between closings, it was a live theater.

Tillmany on June 28, 2002 at 10:38 am

The Cannery Cinema was located at 2801 Leavenworth on the NorthWest corner of Beach in the Cannery Shopping Center, near Fisherman’s Wharf. It opened on 16 September 1971 with the first-run attraction Death in Venice, and had 296 seats. It closed in 1993.

scottfavareille on June 1, 2002 at 5:44 pm

This theater was in the Cannery shopping complex at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The complex was once a cannery for fruits & vegetables. Walter Reade Theaters last operated it as an arthouse in the 1970’s before the chain went bankrupt.