AKA: Royal Theater, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Pflueger, Timothy L. Architect (firm); Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); Timothy Ludwig Pflueger (architect); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1916, demolished 2003

1529 Polk Street
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94109-3606

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Located on the corner of Polk Street and California Street;

Building History

The Royal Theatre began as a nickelodeon and contained 1,515 seats when it opened in 1916; The Royal was owned by the same family that owned two other theatres in San Francisco, the Castro and the Alhambra. San Francisco archtiect Timothy L. Pflueger (1892-1946) designed the Castro Theatre, and was responsible for a renovation of the Royal Theatre c. 1932.


In 2002, the San Francisco Planning Commission appoved plans for a six story residential building to be built on the site of the Royal Theatre; it wasdemolished in June 2003; parts of the Timothy Pflueger facade was incorporated into the design of the new housing; demolished by Inner-City Demolition Co.

A Sofas 4 Less (later to become a Sofa Creations store c. 2014) operated in the retail space at 1529 Polk Street following the demolition of the Royal Theatre.

PCAD id: 1545