AKA: Colonial Theater, San Francisco, CA; Savoy Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905

2 stories

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80 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Colonial Theatre operated in this grand-looking Neo-classical building for a short time after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Another theatre known as the Colonial, operated later at 556 Haight between 1918 and 1921.

Building History

The theatre at 80 McAllister Street opened as the Colonial, operating from 1907 until 1908 under this name. It was known as the Savoy at two times, 1909-1913 and 1916-1922, and was called the Oriental from 1913-1916. After 1922, it was known as the Plaza (1922-1925), President (1925-1942 and 1948), and President Folies Burlesque (1942-1963). It ended up as a burlesque house, closing in the early 1960s. (See "San Francisco Theaters, Cinemas, Dancehalls, after 1906," accessed 04/27/2015.)

Building Notes

At least five cities--Orange, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, and San Francisco--had a theatre named the "Colonial," most operating before World War I. This coincided with a strong interest in the Colonial Revival architecture during the first two decades of the twentieth century.


PCAD id: 15796