This multiplex, built on the tip of the Japan Center and initially intended to play a mix of mainstream and independent/foreign films, has in recent years served as the main venue of the San Francisco International Film Festival. The largest of the theaters was originally designed for live shows; the rest of the cinemas were built around it to become the movie house complex.
I should add, for those not familiar with the area, that the Kabuki is a block from both the Fillmore and the site of Winterland. The Kabuki is at Post and Fillmore, while the Fillmore is at Fillmore and Geary (Geary is a block from Post), while Winterland was at Post and Steiner (Steiner is a block from Fillmore). (1)
The main auditorium seats over 700 people on two levels. The theatre has a stage, japanese art deco with hanging red lanterns, and a great balcony. The bottom seats over 400 and the balcony seats over 300.
The Kabuki was also an excellent concert venue.
It was great because the stage was set so low.
|This poster was designed by Alton Kelley and was used for an April 1984 show at the Kabuki Theater.|
Jerry performed here
8/23/82 early and late shows JGJK