Great Star Theater

636 Jackson Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Film Festivals)

Styles: Oriental

Previous Names: Great China Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 415.735.4159

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Great China Interior - 1920's

Opened in 1925 as the Great China Theatre. In the early-1960’s it was renamed Great Star Theater.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 17, 2005 at 4:43 am

The headers need to be changed for this theatre: Status: Open, Function: Live performances (Chinese)
Current Name: Great Star Theatre

I have a San Francisco Chronicle advert dated November 1976 for the Great Star screening “Oriental Playgirl”

robboehm on March 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

But where is the overview. If nothing else, because of it’s location, there must be quite a history.

Dramatrauma on June 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

A campaign by the new managers to put the finishing touches in place after two years of just cleaning her up. Performances have happened since they took over and more are planned.

tjmayerinsf on May 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Apparently, zoning issues were still a problem, now this:

Great_Star_Theater on October 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm

We recently formed a non profit to keep this theater used for live performance and films. Thing are going well so far.

If you want more information, if you have photos you would like to share or if you are interested the website is:

DavidZornig on May 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Mid `70’s photo added courtesy of Gabe P. Navarroā€ˇ.

DavidZornig on June 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

My brother merged the two photos from Gabe P. Navarro. Added to the Photo’s Section.

stevenj on February 11, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Sounds like from this linked article dated Jan 30, 2018 that the Great Star has closed.


stevenj on June 9, 2021 at 8:10 am

The Great Star has reopened. From their website:

Great Star

m00se1111 on November 16, 2022 at 6:00 am

The Great Star has been continuing it’s live event presentations and will do so into the new year.

It will be hosting many of the events for the 20th anniversary of SF Sketchfest, including a live table read of Dana Gould’s interpretation of “Plan 9 from Outer Space”

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