San Francisco’s Newly Renovated Presidio Theatre Holds Celebratory Opening Weekend

Presidio Theatre Renovation (Photo by Terry Lorant Photography)

(San Francisco, CA) – The newly transformed 1939 Presidio Theatre, located on the Main Post of San Francisco’s historic Presidio, will open its doors to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22 for the first time in 24 years after a $30 million renovation. The Theatre will officially open with a ticketed party on Saturday evening, September 21, followed by a free public open house with family-themed entertainment and theatre tours Sunday afternoon, September 22.

The completely renovated and expanded Presidio Theatre features a 600-seat proscenium theatre, a pavilion and courtyard for events, large rehearsal space and other amenities. The Theatre is the result of a gift from the Margaret E. Haas Fund to restore and expand the facility and return it to the public for a wide variety of uses including live music, theater, dance, film, lectures and events.

Details about the opening weekend may be found below and at presidiotheatre.org

Presidio Theatre Renovation (Photo by Terry Lorant Photography)

PRESIDIO THEATRE OPENING WEEKEND

Opening Celebration
Saturday, September 21, 2019
6:30 – 10:00 pm
Tickets: $50

An evening of performances, history and festivities. Reception tours and performances by Beach Blanket Babylon, Leung’s White Crane Lion and Dragon Dancers, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Te Mano O Te Ra Tahitian dance and music.

Presidio Theatre Open House
Sunday, September 22, 2019
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Free admission

For the first time in 24 years, the newly transformed Presidio Theatre will open its doors to the public to explore the beautifully renovated theatre – a home for dance, theatre, music, cinema and performing arts of all kinds.

Presidio Theatre Renovation (Photo by Terry Lorant Photography)

The Open House features free behind-the-scenes experiences, docent tours, and a live performance by the Presidio Theatre Pop-Up Orchestra conducted by Laurie Cohen playing music of the 1930s, the original era of the Theatre.

All ages welcome, information and registration at presidiotheatre.org

Following the opening weekend, the Theatre will be host to performances including flamenco, contemporary dance, magic, improv theatre, film, children’s theater and highlights include collaborations with the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, San Francisco Mime Troupe, ODC/Dance, American Indian Film Festival Awards, LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco, San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Presidio Trust, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, John Santos, Perla Batalla, Sintonía, The Family Crest, Andrew Evans and Bay Area Theater Sports & Impro.

About the Newly Transformed Presidio Theatre

The completely renovated and expanded Presidio Theatre opens its doors to the public September 21 and features a 600-seat proscenium theatre, a pavilion and courtyard for events, large rehearsal space and other amenities. The Theatre is the result of a gift from the Margaret E. Haas Fund to restore and expand the facility and return it to the public for a wide variety of uses including live music, theater, dance, film, lectures and events.

Built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and first opened in 1939, the Presidio Theatre was a hub of social life on the military base for nearly 60 years when it screened movies for service members and their families. It also hosted live performances by some of the biggest names in show business, including Bob Hope and Jack Benny. The Theatre is part of the Presidio’s National Historic Landmark District and is an intact example of Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture in the Presidio.​ It has been vacant since 1995.

Press Release Via: The Presidio Theatre

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