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News, Matt Smith SFPD Tries to Fire Cop for Balking at Conducting Illegal Searches

SFPD Tries to Fire Cop for Balking at Conducting Illegal Searches

In some cities, police departments fire cops who break the law. In San Francisco, they're attempting to fire one for trying not to break the law. Homicide inspector Frank Lee, a 24-year veteran, thought he was doing the right thing…
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Calendar, Night&Day 11 Nights in Asia

11 Nights in Asia

The indefatigable Frank Lee has emerged after settling the uncertain future of his Four Star theater on Clement Street, and the San Francisco Asian Film Festival -- a candy store of recent genre blockbusters, classics, and independent films -- has…
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Film, Reel World

The Entertainer

When Frank Lee signed the risky deal last year to take over the Presidio Theater on Nov. 1, he sidestepped questions about whether he would divide the 600-seat house into two or more screens. The owner of the Four Star…
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Film, Reel World

The Miracle Worker

Back on March 20, we reported that Gorilla Sports had abandoned its proposal to expand its sweatbox Shangri-La into the Presidio Theater space. This followed the news that the current tenant, Century Theatres, will vacate the venerable Marina movie house…
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Zoom Lens

The Goddess and the Patriot The redoubtable Frank Lee's Four Star Theater is putting on two film festivals at once. "Electric Shadows: Early Chinese Films 1932-1949" features new 35mm prints of 10 rarely seen classics like Wu Yongang's The Goddess,…
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News, Feature

Last of the Independents

Four Star Veteran independent theater operator Frank Lee reopened the Four Star in 1992 as a mainstream Chinese theater. Lee split the theater into two screens and installed new seats last March, a sign that the Four Star is in…
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