AKA: United Artists Theatre, Mid-Market, San Francisco, CA; Market Street Cinema, Mid-Market, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Cunningham and Politeo, Architects (firm); Harold Louis Cunningham (architect); Matthew V. Politeo (architect)

Dates: constructed 1912

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1077 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-1605

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Grauman's Imperial Theatre stood on Market Street near 7th Street.

Building History

The San Francisco architectural duo of Cunningham and Politeo designed Grauman's Imperial Theatre for the theatre owner Sid Grauman (1879-1950), who would move to Los Angeles and open his greatest venues, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre (1922), Grauman's Metropolitan (1923) and Grauman's Chinese Theatre (1927). Grauman owned this location from 1912 until 1916. Thereafter, it was named the Imperial (1916-1929), Premier (1929-1931), United Artists (1931-1972), and Market Street Cinema (1972-present).

Building Notes

Advertising called it the "New Imperial Theatre" in 1913. (See Grauman's New Imperial Theatre ad, San Francisco Call, 01/12/1913, p. 23.)

PCAD id: 11779