Curran Theatre

San Francisco

Project Info
Curran Theatre
San Francisco
Completion Date: January 2017
Size: 22,500 sf

Built in 1922, the historic Curran theatre has just undergone its first major rehabilitation in decades. The renovation is extensive, holistic, and celebratory. The improvements enhance the pleasure, drama, and excitement of going to the theater.

The front of house now features three marble bars, digital displays, work by local artists and festive, elegant lighting. A goal has been to forge a transparent connection to the vibrant life of the City by visually opening the three front of house public spaces/bars facing onto to Geary Street. As it was in the past, the inviting main lobby has been once again seamlessly connected to the foyer beyond to direct access to the theater’s orchestra and box seating. Generous stairs and an elevator take patrons downstairs to a glamorous new lower level with commodious accessible restroom facilities.

The auditorium interior has been returned to its former glory, with refurbished seats, new carpeting, and both refurbished historic and modernized lighting. Two elegant murals by California Decorative Style artists Arthur and Lucia Mathews has been restored and lit to bring out their subtle colors. A new state-of-the art electrical system has been added, and the Curran’s mechanical systems replaced, ensuring both audience comfort and greater flexibility for productions. The renovation also includes the addition of contemporary life-safety features and removal of barriers to access.