Having opened as an X-rated theater and porn studio in 1969 and subsequently transitioned into the infamous “close-contact” strip club, with multiple themed rooms and live shows, it remains today, the former Pontiac dealership turned Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre at 895 O’Farrell Street is now quietly for sale without a set price or available for lease at $39,000 a month.

As noted in the offering materials for the “bar” which are now making the rounds, the theater’s 9,600-square-foot parcel on the southeast corner of Polk is zoned for development up to 130 feet in height and doesn’t appear to be encumbered by an existing long-term lease. And we’ll add, the building hasn’t (yet) been designated as a historic resource.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by David

    Seems like a pretty good candidate for landmark status! Maybe they can keep the facade and marquee 🙂

  2. Posted by MyOddCommentHandle

    I heard Diva’s might be available too.

    • Posted by Jeffrey W. Baker

      The neighborhood just won’t be the same without all the drug addicts staggering down the block at dawn.

      • Posted by anonrandom

        I don’t think the sale/closure of this club will stop the parade of drug addicts staggering down the block. Your dream is safe for now.

        • Posted by Brian M

          Now if GLIDE were to relocate…….

  3. Posted by Zugamenzio Farnsworth

    Hmmmm, I’d call this deal straight up: in yesteryear, and now…! straight up!

  4. Posted by JRSF

    If this becomes condos, hopefully the [Great American Music Hall] on this block is far enough away to not get the otherwise-inevitable noise complaints.

  5. Posted by matteo

    why would this building be designated a historic resource, it it notable for something other than its x rated history?

    • Posted by Notcom

      I believe this was one of the editor’s seldom-seen-but-much-appreciated forays into sarcasm. (A joke linking the Pontiac dealership w/ the building’s later history would have been preferred but probably either too complex or inappropriate…for a family-friendly blog)

    • Posted by jimbo

      actually its porn history and theatre history is probable a national landmark. there is a lot of SF history there and mitchell bros are SF legends

      • Posted by anonrandom

        if nondescript laundromats in the mission can get landmark status, then this piece of SF history can definitely be included.

        • Posted by jimbo

          the laundrymat had no history and that was a ridiculous designation. this does have history and i could see a strong justification

        • Posted by Wacky Rabbit

          Perhaps bronze statues to Nina Hartley and Sharon Mitchell out front?

          • Posted by John

            I have a Polaroid with her – but it is from the New Century on Larkin, not from MB

      • Posted by Pal

        PORN history? Is this really something we care about preserving?

        • Posted by Fishchum

          As sex workers are routinely villified and have, in the past, tried to unionize here in San Francisco, yes – I think it’s worth preserving.

  6. Posted by taco

    Might be HARD to sell.
    Interest might be low, so hopefully they can get it UP.
    Competition might be STIFF.

    • Posted by civ-e

      i hope they ERECT something nice.

  7. Posted by David

    NOOOOOOOooooooo!!!!!!! This city used to be cool and weird. The Nob Hill Theater just closed; if the Mitchell Bros. closes too that will be another nail in the coffin. 🙁

  8. Posted by Kraus

    The property appears to not be located in the North of Market Residential SUD, therefore, with an existing permitted Height Limit of 130 feet, this would be a very good candidate for a Tier 1 (23% below-market-rate) HomeSF project.

  9. Posted by yy

    It’s so hard to find locally based commercial tenants for long term leases. And young people and convention attendees these days want “experiences”. Perhaps a new category could be created: Smutorical preservation status. And all that cash could offset HOA fees, or residents could get discounts or in-kind donations. There are so many good ideas here.

  10. Posted by Curious

    I’ve always wondered about the Polk side mural, can anyone shed light?

    • Posted by stevenj

      Easily googleable.

      • Posted by Notcom

        But unfortunately short on details beyond who painted (or re-painted) it and when.

  11. Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

    I’ve been posting to Socketsite from the third booth at the back for about four years now. Sometimes my wifi signal gets blocked.

    It’s really quite sad to me to lose another local business despite my dedicated patronage.

  12. Posted by yy

    hello steady customer!

  13. Posted by I remember...

    Did the murder (of one Mitchell brother by the other) happen in the building?

    • Posted by BernalDweller

      No. Happened at Artie’s house in Corte Madera.

  14. Posted by Jerry

    It’s not on Market.

  15. Posted by Seriously

    At last that family is coming undone. Historically speaking James Mitchell murdered his brother and got away with it. Nothing but havoc.His son James Raphael Whitty Mitchell is serving life for the murder of Danielle Rosa Keller 7/12/09~

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