Thursday, October 6, 2016

Always the Best Show in Town -- October 6, 2016

The San Francisco Arts Commission ( has set up a series of posters by artist Jeff Canham.  "The Best Show in Town" depicts messages that appeared on the marquees of famous theaters along Market Street from 1928 to 2015.

This item appeared on the marquee of the Embassy Theaters at 1125 Market Street in 1964.  The American Theater's construction was interrupted by the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.  It opened in early 1907.  After going through other names, it became the Embassy in 1927.  It was the first San Francisco theater to present Warner Brothers Vitaphone movies.  For a time it was called the Warner Brothers Theater, but it became the Embassy again by 1933.  I remember avoiding the Embassy because creepy people hung out there.  It was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and torn down in 1994. 

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