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Friday, October 23, 2015

Market Street Porn Theater to be Demolished and Replaced by Something More Boring

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

click to enlarge From porn to posh. - COURTESY ENCOREFUNDS
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  • From porn to posh.
It’s the end of an era for the Market Street Cinema, a 103-year-old building whose storied history includes stints as a movie theater, porn theater, and strip club.

As the Examiner reports, yesterday the Planning Commission unanimously voted to demolish the structure and construct an eight-story, mixed-use building in its place.

Although the theater, located on the pungent stretch of Market between Sixth and Seventh streets, is within the Market Street Theater and Loft Historic District, as Hoodline points out, it’s ineligible for the California Register of Historical Resources because of the many architectural changes it's seen over the decades.

The building has been vacant since January 2013.

So, instead of a historically protected and impeccably restored smut palace, we’re getting 90 new housing units, including 28 studios, 51 one-bedroom units, and 11 two-bedroom units. Eleven units are slated to be below-market-rate.

All in all, not a bad trade-off, although, architecturally speaking, the proposed design is about as adventurous as a Muni bus shelter.

This is all another feather in the cap of Mayor Lee’s Mid-Market revitalization, which, per the Examiner, has brought 17 tech companies (including Twitter), three co-working spaces, two venture capital firms, 40 new storefront businesses, and 15 new arts venues to the neighborhood.

The tax exemptions that made this inner-city renaissance possible cost San Francisco $34 million last year.



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