Surf Theatre

Surf Theatre, 1970s - Courtesy of J.E. Tillmany

Location: 4510 Irving Street, between 46th and 47th Avenues

Opened: around September 1926 as the Parkview Theatre (there is a construction announcement in the San Francisco Examiner on December 12, 1925, but the first listing in the telephone directory is November 1926).

Renamed: The Sunset Theatre in September 1937.

Remodeled and Renamed again: as the Surf Theatre on July 24, 1957.

Closed: July 7, 1985.

(Thanks to Jack Tillmany for most of this information.)

Read a history of the Surf Theatre in this column by Woody LaBounty.

Surf Theatre threads on our message boards:
Surf Theater in the 1960s
Surf Theater
Surf Theater


Surf Theatre on Irving Street near 46th Avenue, early 1980s. - Photograph by Jim Cassedy

The Sunset Bar, Surf Theatre, and Busy Bee Market on 4500 block of Irving Street at 46th Avenue, 1970s. - Courtesy of a private collector


Page launched 14 March 2001; updated 22 February 2013.

Contribute your own stories about the Surf!

On the Map (click marker for larger map)

Save SF History