Nothing against Castro and Roxie Theaters, but we are excited to see a modern independent movie house coming to 2550 Mission Street in The Mission District. Developer Oyster Development and builder Build Group Inc are in the process of re-envisioning the abandoned 100 year old New Mission Theater and hope to complete renovations of the new 900 seat cinema by early next year. The new cinema will have amenities such as large 3D screens, modern seat layouts, and in-theater meal servers. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, the future operator of the new 5 screen cinema, plans to show a mix of new release, independent, and classic movies.
But Wait There’s More!
It’s not just the theater being renovated that is important about this site. Adjacent to the theater on 2558 Mission Street, the same developer is building a 114 unit condominium complex with underground parking and 14,750 sq. feet of retail space. The building designed by Kwan Henmi features accordion style large glass windows and colored side exterior walls in modern shades of orange, yellow and grey. The contemporary building and theater will bring additional life to this specific gentrifying section of Mission district.
On Site Progress Report
From Mission Street, scaffolding covers the rising condominium complex as the concrete boxed structure is nearing its 8 story height maximum. A sign hanging from the support work displays the name Vida and website of the new complex. From the rear Barlett Street side, all 6 stories have been constructed and interior utility installation is seen on the lower floors. There does not seem to be much external progress on New Mission Theater as the existing urban decayed facade and blighted sign remain untouched. Although, internal work may have already started as the renovated theater is expected to open in a relatively short 12 months.