Great Star Theater promoter released, not charged with murder

The Chinatown theater promoter booked into County Jail this weekend in connection with the death of an Oakland woman was released Tuesday night when prosecutors declined to file murder charges at this time.

Harris Rosenbloom, 48, was arrested by police on suspicion of murder Sunday after he called to report the death of 31-year-old Kelsey Fourdyce inside the Great Star Theater on Jackson Street. Police have not disclosed how Fourdyce died and the medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death.

The District Attorney’s Office told the San Francisco Examiner that drugs may have played a role in Fourdyce’s death and that the medical examiner is leaning toward calling the death an overdose. But prosecutors are awaiting the results of a toxicology test, DA spokesperson Alex Bastian said.

When police responded Sunday, officers found Rosenbloom at the scene alongside his lawyer and the body. After the Medical Examiner’s Office deemed the death suspicious, police arrested Rosenbloom.

Rosenbloom's lawyer Randall Knox, who said he did not know Rosenbloom before he was referred the case, said his client is cooperating with investigators, but could add little beyond that. Knox said he was not the attorney who was with Rosenbloom when police arrived at the scene.

Knox would not comment on the case Wednesday.

Rosenbloom is a well-known fixture in The City’s entertainment industry. He is in the process of applying for an entertainment permit to host shows at the Great Star Theater, a century-old theater which he is refurbishing. Rosenbloom, who does not own the building, does own the company that runs the theater.

“I've been friends with Harris for a decade and I'm am blown away, baffled and saddened by all of this,” said Stuart Schuffman, known as Broke-Ass Stuart for his popular blog of the same name. “I have no idea what else to say. This is just a really terrible situation.”

In 1996, Rosenbloom was the founder of a glossy magazine called SF Source, “a hip, pocket-sized cultural guide to events in The City,” an Examiner story said. The magazine is now defunct.

More recently, Rosenbloom was the creator of the Capsule Design Festival in Hayes Valley, an annual arts fair which went on to become the popular Urban Air Market.

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