Saturday, February 9, 2013

Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco, CA


Loews-Warfield 1922

Capacity 2300

It was built as a vaudeville theater in 1922 and was named for People's Vaudeville Company co-founder David Warfield (born David Wohlfeld), who was born in San Francisco on November 28, 1866, one of Marcus Loew’s best friends and one of the first investors in the corporate empire that became Loews-MGM.
He died in June 1951, 23 years after Marcus Loew passed away.
It was built as a vaudeville theater, and opened as the Loews Warfield on May 13, 1922.[1]



1922

1922

1922
In the 1920s, the Victorian influence can be seen in the architecture and accoutrement, ornate ceiling designs, chandeliers, and wrought-iron balustrades. Gold-leafed opera boxes overlook the palatial stage, and the period mural that brightens up the top of the stage. Early entertainment at the theatre included silent films and vaudeville shows featuring Charlie Chaplin, Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson and Rin Tin Tin.


At one time it was the Loews Warfield and the Fox Warfield.

Loew's Warfield boasted one of the more impressive marquees of the Market St movie palaces. It was 3 sided with the street side arched. Full of lights and neon it also featured an inner marquee above the inside of the arch. The towering verticle sign was 6 stories high (like its neighbor around the corner, the Golden Gate).
Architecturally, this is one of the nicest of the remaining movie palaces in San Francisco. The beautiful fan-like ceiling made the theatre look wider than it was deep and it has a beautiful classically painted mural over the proscenium. The balcony has chandeliers hanging from blue-lit coves. The marquee and verticle sign had to be taken down in the late 60's when pile drivers came through building the side supports of the BART subway. The side walks were widened and street trees added when subway construction was finished - and the new "look" forbade putting back those big marquees and verticle signs on any theatre that faced Market St. That's why they all have flat, fixed to the building plastic marquees now. Supposedly there was a speakeasy connected with the Warfield Theater under Market Street, discovered while they were building BART.(2)
1930's
After the death of vaudeville, stage shows didn't return until the 1940's with attractions such as Louis Armstrong and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
1948

1948 Abbott and Costello on the marquee

1970? Black Sabbath's Evil Eye wasn't written until 1994!
1963 film
1963 film

The Warfield was given a beautiful renovation by National General in 1969. The balcony area has chair seating.

May West was there for the premier of her film "Sextette" in the 70's. Looking a little "waxy" and seated in a big chair, she was carted across the stage to a mic by a couple of oiled up bodybuilders. They propped her up and she said in her best Westian "Thanks for commin' to my picsha" and then was carted back to the wings. The sold out crowd went wild.





In the 1970's, National General Cinemas and later Mann theaters ran it, primarily showing second-run fare.
Mike Thomas did briefly operate the Warfield in the late 1970's-early 1980's before it sold to Bill Graham. "Dawn of the Dead" was shown first-run here in May 1979. Shortly after the run of "Dawn", the Warfield became an occasional concert venue and now runs concerts full-time.

Like many historic theaters its main floor had the seats removed in the 1980s for general admission and dancing.

Bob Dylan played 14 shows at the start of his first Gospel Tour in November 1979, and again 12 shows in November 1980 during his "A Musical Retrospective Tour" at the Warfield.




Jerry Garcia made the Warfield a second home, performing a record 101 times there with his various side bands, when not touring with the Dead.




Jerry performed here on
9/25/80 Grateful Dead
9/25/80 Grateful Dead
Promoter Bill Graham Presents.
Jerry plays the guitar Tiger and a Takamine acoustic.
"The marquee on the theater said it all ...
They're Not The Best At What They Do, They're The Only Ones That Do What They Do"(4)


9/26/80 Grateful Dead
9/27/80 Grateful Dead
9/29/80 Grateful Dead
10/2/80 Grateful Dead
10/3/80 Grateful Dead
10/4/80 Grateful Dead
10/6/80 Grateful Dead
10/7/80 Grateful Dead
10/9/80 Grateful Dead
10/10/80 Grateful Dead
10/11/80 Grateful Dead
10/13/80 Grateful Dead
10/14/80 Grateful Dead
11/16/80 Bob Dylan
5/22/81 Grateful Dead
6/26/81 Jerry Garcia Band
2/16/82 Grateful Dead
2/17/82 Grateful Dead
3/29/83 Grateful Dead
3/30/83 Grateful Dead
3/31/83 Grateful Dead
11/22/86 Bob Weir, Mickey Hart
11/27/87 JGAB, Jerry Garcia Band
11/28/87 JGAB, Jerry Garcia Band
11/29/87 JGAB, Jerry Garcia Band
12/17/87 Bob Weir, John Kahn, Joan Baez (AIDS Benefit)
2/6/88 Jerry Garcia Band
3/4/88 Jerry Garcia Band
3/5/88 Jerry Garcia Band
12/1/89 Jerry Garcia Band
12/2/89 Jerry Garcia Band
2/2/90 Jerry Garcia Band
2/3/90 Jerry Garcia Band
2/4/90 Jerry Garcia Band
3/1/90 Jerry Garcia Band
3/2/90 Jerry Garcia Band
4/13/90 Jerry Garcia Band
4/14/90 Jerry Garcia Band
4/15/90 Jerry Garcia Band
6/12/90 Jerry Garcia Band
6/13/90 Jerry Garcia Band
8/7/90 Jerry Garcia Band
8/8/90 Jerry Garcia Band
8/9/90 Jerry Garcia Band
11/20/90 Jerry Garcia Band
11/21/90 Jerry Garcia Band
1/29/91 Jerry Garcia Band
1/30/91 Jerry Garcia Band
1/31/91 Jerry Garcia Band
2/2/91 David Grisman
2/3/91 David Grisman
2/28/91 Jerry Garcia Band
3/1/91 Jerry Garcia Band
3/2/91 Jerry Garcia Band
4/19/91 Jerry Garcia Band
4/20/91 Jerry Garcia Band
4/21/91 Jerry Garcia Band
5/22/91 Jerry Garcia Band
5/23/91 Jerry Garcia Band
12/7/91 David Grisman
12/8/91 David Grisman
12/9/91 David Grisman
4/29/92 Jerry Garcia Band
4/30/92 Jerry Garcia Band
5/1/92 Jerry Garcia Band
5/2/92 Jerry Garcia Band
5/3/92 Jerry Garcia Band
5/5/92 Bob Dylan
5/7/92 David Grisman
5/8/92 David Grisman
5/9/92 David Grisman
5/10/92 David Grisman
5/11/92 David Grisman
8/6/92 Jerry Garcia Band
12/19/92 Jerry Garcia Band
12/21/92 Jerry Garcia Band
1/28/93 Jerry Garcia Band
1/29/93 Jerry Garcia Band
1/30/93 Jerry Garcia Band
2/25/93 Jerry Garcia Band
2/26/93 Jerry Garcia Band
2/27/93 Jerry Garcia Band
4/23/93 Jerry Garcia Band
4/24/93 Jerry Garcia Band
4/25/93 Jerry Garcia Band
10/5/93 Jerry Garcia Band
10/6/93 Jerry Garcia Band
10/7/93 Jerry Garcia Band
1/12/94 David Grisman
1/13/94 Jerry Garcia Band
2/4/94 Jerry Garcia Band
2/5/94 Jerry Garcia Band
2/6/94 Jerry Garcia Band
3/9/94 Jerry Garcia Band
4/18/94 Jerry Garcia Band
4/19/94 Jerry Garcia Band
4/20/94 Jerry Garcia Band
4/25/94 Jerry Garcia Band
4/26/94 Jerry Garcia Band
4/27/94 Jerry Garcia Band
5/4/94 David Grisman
5/5/94 Jerry Garcia Band
8/12/94 Jerry Garcia Band
8/13/94 Jerry Garcia Band
8/14/94 Jerry Garcia Band
9/1/94 Jerry Garcia Band
9/2/94 Jerry Garcia Band
1/13/95 Jerry Garcia Band
1/14/95 Jerry Garcia Band
1/15/95 Jerry Garcia Band
2/10/95 Jerry Garcia Band
2/11/95 Jerry Garcia Band
2/12/95 Jerry Garcia Band
2/13/95 Jerry Garcia Band
3/4/95 Jerry Garcia Band
3/5/95 Jerry Garcia Band
4/14/95 Jerry Garcia Band
4/15/95 Jerry Garcia Band
4/21/95 Jerry Garcia Band
4/22/95 Jerry Garcia Band
4/23/95 Jerry Garcia Band






1.)^gorchoff-fey,ellen, A Note On Speakeasys, http://www.sfcityguides.org/public_guidelines.html?article=1331&submitted=TRUE&srch_text=prohibition&submitted2=TRUE&topic
2.)^Joel Selvin (2008-07-03). "Battle of the Bay Area concert promoters". San Francisco Chronicle.
3.)^http://www.theotheronesers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=3609&sid=30344b08cf51baa8928b37398fd675e3 
4.)^stevenerwiz, comments, 2011-07-16, http://www.dead.net/show/september-25-1980

3 comments:

  1. Like many historic theaters its main floor had the seats removed in the 1980s for general admission and dancing.
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    FFXI GIL

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  2. Are you vacation? Lets get some new venues!;-)

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    1. definitely not on vacation. There are over 400 venues on this blog. They are the venues Jerry performed in without the Grateful Dead. Of course there is some overlap between Non GD and GD venues.
      If you want to read about the other 700 venues you'll have to wait for The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues to come out, in about a year or so. It will be the complete Garcia venue package. Be patient as it takes a great deal of time to compile the information, locate the photos and get approval, edit the history of the venues and the Garcia information, then create and publish the book. Then there's marketing and distribution.
      Got any venue photos?

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