San Francisco's Bridge Theatre announces closure at end of the month - SLIDESHOW 

Another single-screen movie theater in The City is set to close at the end of the month.

The Bridge Theatre, located in the Inner Richmond district, will shut its doors Dec. 27, but the reasons for the closure are not being discussed.

Steve Indig, a spokesman for Bridge operator Landmark Theatres, declined to state why the theater was closing.
“We’re not commenting further than the basic fact,” he said. “Our last day of operation is Dec. 27.”

The Bridge Theatre, located at 3010 Geary Blvd., first opened in 1939. It was named after the Golden Gate Bridge, which had opened two years before, according to Landmark. The theater began showing independent and foreign-language films in the 1950s. For 12 years, it showed a series called “Midnight Mass” that featured drag queen Peaches Christ.

Landmark took over operations in 1991.

Bridge is the second Landmark theater to close in the past three months. In September, the Lumiere on California Street shut down after landlords could not agree on a new lease.

Indig, however, said this closure is not a trend for Landmark. The company still operates the Clay Theatre, Embarcadero Center and Opera Plaza Cinema.

The two recent closures mark an ongoing trend of small-screen theaters closing around San Francisco. The City once had an abundance of neighborhood cinemas — 74 at its peak — but the growth of multiplexes in recent decades has forced closures.

Many buildings remain vacant, but others have been repurposed into gyms or retail and housing.

As many as six other theaters have closed in the past decade. And in July 2011, the Upper Haight’s Red Vic Movie House ceased operations after 31 years because it could no longer afford to run the space.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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