The lights go out at San Francisco's Lumiere Theater this weekend

Sep 21, 2012

The tragic tale of San Francisco's indie movie scene continues, as the lights go out on another monument to Bay Area celluloid history.

The Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, known for its provocative showcases and 'atmospheric' interior, was built in 1967 and bought in 1991 by the Landmark Theatre group. In a struggle familiar to most small businesses, and a particularly harsh one for independent cinemas, the Lumiere has lost its lease and will close this Sunday with an 8:30 pm screening of The Intouchables.

KALW's Jayme Catsouphes reported on the issue last June, with a haunting tour of San Francisco's disappearing movie theaters. Check it out by clicking here.