Presidio Theatre to undergo renovation, reopen as multipurpose performance space

A historic theatre located in the Presidio in San Francisco that has been vacant for more than 20 years will undergo a renovation and then reopen as a multipurpose performance space.

The Presidio Theatre, located in the heart of the national park site on the Presidio’s Main Post, will be rehabilitated into a high-quality and affordable multipurpose space for live theater, film, dance, music, lectures, educational programming and special events.

The two-year renovation will begin this summer and is expected to be complete in mid-2019.

The theatre is being rehabilitated by the Margaret E. Haas Fund and the Presidio Trust, which announced the project on Tuesday.

Margaret “Peggy” Haas, chair of the Haas Fund board of directors, said in a statement she was grateful for the chance to create a performing arts space in San Francisco.

“There is a dearth of high-quality theaters for live performances — and many of the available spaces are not accessible to smaller performing arts organizations. The Presidio Theatre will offer a place for these groups to showcase their work to a wide range of audiences,” Haas said.

The theatre was built in 1939 as a movie theatre for military officers and enlisted men at the post during World War II. The space was renovated by the U.S. Army in 1962, and the last movie shown there was in 1994.

The Presidio Theatre will be operated and managed by a new non-profit organization set up expressly to support the theatre. Theatre operations will be funded through facility rental fees, ticket sales and fundraising.

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