The Alexandria Theater in the Richmond district has been closed for nearly a decade, but a plan that could revitalize the corner where it sits on Geary Boulevard is up for a key city vote today.
The Planning Commission is expected to consider a project that would revamp the theater, add commercial space and build new housing. The theater closed in 2004 after eight decades of operation, but has since fallen into disrepair.
Under the plan, the three-screen theater would be changed to a 221-seat, single-screen venue, according to planning documents. There would be retail on the ground floor of the building, and a new 7,000-square-foot restaurant space on the second floor.
Where there is now a parking lot next to the theater, a mixed-use building would be constructed. That building would have two levels of underground parking, 4,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 37 housing units, including a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.
The new proposal for the mixed-use building is a slight variation on the original proposal, according to planning documents. While the work on the site has been underway for years, the plan for the housing portion was submitted in July, and it changed the mixed-use building from a modern design to one with a Mediterranean style in order to better fit into the neighborhood.
The exterior of the theater, which was constructed in 1921 with an art deco theme, would be preserved.