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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Red Vic Movie House Will Probably Close in July

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM

The Red Vic Movie House, one of San Francisco's only remaining repertory and second-run theaters, will probably close July 25, according to KQED's blog News Fix.

News Fix editor Jon Brooks quotes Claudia Lehan, one of four people who run the Red Vic, as saying, "We're near the end. We sure don't want to close but we're financially strapped. We're hoping for a miracle. But it's not looking good."

The theater's office line went unanswered Wednesday afternoon, and a message left by SF Weekly had not yet been returned as of this posting.

The video clip above shows a recent screening of Tommy Wiseau's film The Room, in which the filmmaker and actor is present and greets fans in the lobby and front sidewalk.

The online calendar for the 30-year-old employee-owned theater ends July 25 with a showing of Harold and Maude, an appropriate swan song because it's been a Red Vic staple over the years and also deals with death as well as personal rebirth after the death of a loved one.

According to the Red Vic's website, a group of friends who loved movies started the cinema in 1980. In 1991, it moved to its current location on Haight Street. Both locations offered comfy old couches as seating options as well as organic food in its concessions.

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