Realart Theatre

2605 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

Realart Theatre was the third name for the house at 2605 Mission Street. Originally opened in 1905 as the Mission Theatre, and operated as a legitimate theater, the house was damaged by the earthquake of April 18, 1906. The full extent of the damage was not apparent until the building partly collapsed some weeks later, one of more than a few buildings in the city that was further weakened by the frequent aftershocks of the quake.

After being quickly rebuilt, the house reopened, still as the Mission Theatre, on June 16, 1906. The San Francisco firm of O'Brien & Werner were the architects for both the original and the rebuilt theater. By 1908 the house had been renamed the Grand Theatre, and operated under that name for a bit over a decade. It was renovated by Kahn & Greenfield and reopened as the Realart Theatre in late October or early November, 1919.

Bill Counter’s “San Francisco Theatres” weblog has a page for the Realart with several photos, and scans of period articles, and a bit more detail about the theater’s history.