Sunday, July 29, 2007
Too Beautiful for This World: "The World's Finest Theater" (Part one of a series of rants)
These photos are all of the Fox Theater, designed by Thomas Lamb, located on Market and 9th, built in 1929, the self-proclaimed "World's Finest Theater!" Based on these photos, I'm pretty sure they were right. It's all so baroque! Can you imagine going to see a film in a theater like this? I mean, the Castro is alright and all, but man... (My father remembers seeing some sort of Boris Karloff movie at the Fox with his cubscout troop, probably in the late 50s. "It was really cool," he says). Unfortunately, like many theaters in this town, the Fox was just too beautiful for this world, and in 1963 it was torn down.
I don't even want to write about what it was replaced with. It's called Fox Plaza and it's the ugliest fucking building in San Francisco. Sigh.