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February 15, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

New Mission theater possibly being renovated

The historic New Mission Theater in San Francisco could possibly be
renovated by renowned Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse
Cinemas (Who in 2005 were named “The #1 movie theater in the country
doing it right” by Entertainment Weekly, #3 being San Francisco’s The
Castro Theater). Drafthouse would like to turn the cinema built in
1916 into a five screen theater, however without destroying the style
and architecture of the original building. The theater, a historical
landmark, has been closed since 1993. However the Historic
Preservation Commission, who are in charge of approving the project,
have yet to decide weather or not to let Drafthouse restore the
theater. They met today, where Drafthouse was given suggestions by the
committee, and with have their official plans approved at a later
date. If it were to succeed, it would be the first Drafthouse in

(via SFIST)


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