By Andrew McCormick
October 11, 2017
On September 27, the rehabilitation and expansion of the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco officially commenced with a groundbreaking ceremony on the project site.
Speakers at the event included Alexandra Derby Salkin, Board Member of the Margaret E. Haas Fund; JD Beltran, President of the San Francisco Arts Commission; Jean S. Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of the Presidio Trust; and Mark Hornberger, FAIA, President of Hornberger + Worstell.
The Presidio Theatre project ushers in a new chapter for the historic San Francisco building, which was originally built prior to World War II on what was then the US Army base at the Presidio to entertain troops. After the base was decommisisoned, the theatre was used as a movie house before closing in 1995 and falling into disrepair. Hornberger + Worstell was selected to rehabilitate the building and expand its footprint, converting it into a venue for live theater, film, dance, music, lectures, educational programming, and special events. The project, led by the Margaret E. Haas Fund and the Marin Community Foundation in partnership with the Presidio Trust, is scheduled to be completed in mid-2019.
"After Years of Disrepair, Construction Begins on Presidio Theatre" - KQED Arts, 9/27/17
"The show will again go on at long dormant Presidio theater" - San Francisco Chronicle, 6/7/17
"The Presidio Theatre's Next Act - Margaret E. Haas Fund to Rehabilitate the Presidio's Historic Presidio Theatre as a Multipurpose Performance Space" - Presidio Trust press release, 6/7/17