Red Vic Theater

The Second Act for the Red Vic

May 21, 2014

The Haight Ashbury District in San Francisco has long attracted people with unconventional ideas, most famously In the 60’s. The first free clinic in the country was founded here, and radical community action group, The Diggers, passed out free food every day in Golden Gate Park.

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Take a walk down any major street in San Francisco and you’ll see them: dead movie theaters. Corpses. It’s hard not to shudder when you walk past one – the doors locked and covered with plywood, the entrance collecting tin cans and old newspapers. The theater’s once grand marquee, now deprived of the electricity needed to power the lights, seems gaudy and hubristic. These are dark times for movie theaters.