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The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Red Vic Movie House San Francisco, California will be closing its doors for good on July 25, 2011. The date is significant as it marks the 31st birthday of the theater's opening on July 25, 1980. They showed a Canadian indie film called Outrageous! that day, and on their final day, they will be showing Harold and Maude.
The article provides some background for the theater, including:
The theater was created and operated by a six-member employee-owned collective that rented space for 80 seats, including its signature worn couches, from the Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast.
In 1991, the Red Vic moved a block west to its current location at 1727 Haight St., renovating the former Full Moon Saloon and expanding to 143 seats - this time padded benches and theater seats - and a concession stand featuring organic treats. Danny Glover was a regular, bringing his own green bucket to handle the gourmet popcorn.
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We contacted the Red Vic Movie House to find out if they had some information that they would like to share, and they sent us several photos, which have been added to the Photo Gallery for the theater.
If you would like to visit the Red Vic Movie House before they close, check out what's playing on their Showtimes page!
On behalf of our readers, we would like to thank everyone involved at the Red Vic Movie House for providing a unique moviegoing experience. It's easy to forget that movies extend far beyond the tentpole blockbusters and reach into every corner of the human condition and that movies can tell as many stories as people can imagine. Movies are best when enjoyed with others, and we hope that those who attended the Red Vic can find another location in which to enjoy similar fare.
Caption for photo above: Exterior, current location. Based on the signage and the movies playing, this photo was likely taken in May 2006. Photos used by permission, copyright Jack Rix.
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