Sights and Sounds of Central Market: Warfield Theater


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Central Market was once the hub of big-screen entertainment celebrating seven theaters within two-blocks during the pre-television era. Today, these historic theaters, may be found in three states: abandoned, in the sex biz, or still going.

The Warfield on Market Streets is STILL going and regularly welcomes sold-out audiences. Built in 1922, the Warfield is one of the neighborhood’s few historic theaters still functioning as an entertainment venue and boasts performers such as Louis Armstrong, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and the Pixies.

Tune into this podcast to learn about the building and its underground speakeasy run by Al Capone.

Audio produced by Stephanie Foo
Special thanks to Wolfgang’s Vault for giving us permission to use the Grateful Dead music from their 1980 show.
Executive producer is Robynn Takayama

Produced by the San Francisco Arts Commission for The ARTery Project. Click here to see other episodes in the series or click here to have the stories delivered to your computer via iTunes.

This story also aired on KALW News, July 26, 2011

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