AKA: Castro Theater #2, Castro District, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Pflueger, Timothy L. Architect (firm); James Rupert Miller (architect); Timothy Ludwig Pflueger (architect)

Dates: constructed 1921-1922

429 Castro Street
Castro District, San Francisco, CA 94114-2019

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Architect, Timothy L. Pflueger, of the firm of Miller and Pflueger, designed the 1,500-seat Castro Theatre for his client, the Nasser Brothers. Blumenfeld Theatres leased the Castro between 1987-2001; in 2001, the Nasser Family resumed direct control. The Castro opened for a VIP crowd on 06/22/1922, and for the general public on 06/23/1922.

The first Castro Theatre occupied a storefront a few doors away on Castro Street and operated between 1910 and the early 1920s. Tel: 415.621.6120 (2009); David Naylor, in his American Picture Palaces The Architecture of Fantasy, (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1981, p. 216), listed the Castro Theatre #2 having had 1,800 seats.

A new Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed in the Castro in 1979-1982. The theatre sustained significant damage to its interior during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake; The Nasser Family, supervised the theatre's renovation in 2001-2003.

San Francisco Historic Landmark (09/03/77): 100

PCAD id: 1069