While the infamous “close-contact” strip club known as Mitchell Brothers remains open, the O’Farrell Theatre and corner parcel upon which the theater sits, and its talent spins, has quietly traded hands with a $9 million contract price, around a million less than the broker’s unofficial target.

As we first reported last year, the theater site is zoned for development up to 130 feet in height and doesn’t appear to be encumbered by an existing long-term lease.

And while formal plans for the site have yet to emerge, the managing partner of the O’Farrell Place LLC, which officially purchased the property, is tied to the hotel industry.  We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

17 thoughts on “Infamous San Francisco Theater Has Sold”
  1. Well strip clubs and hotels do go hand in… ahem hand. Maybe Mitchell Bros. can return as active ground floor tenants in this next incarnation.

  2. If that place closes a lot of [people] could be looking for new employment.

    That old 76 gas station next door where all the independent contractors park is sure full of some nice rides every evening.

    1. I’m sure many of the newly unemployed strip…er…entertainers will take time off to study for a real estate license and go on to successful careers as real estate agents like Fredrik Eklund did.

  3. Someone should petition to have it turned into a SF historic landmark just for spite.

    Lots of history came out of that building. No pun intended.

  4. Interesting to see what happens next….condos for sale just over a block away on Larkin (not sure how they’re selling). So much local color and history came to Mitchell Brother’s: yet surely they’ll come elsewhere too.

  5. I hope the GAMH a couple of doors down doesn’t then have noise complaint issues from whatever would come into this block (either condo or hotel). And yes, the mural has always gorgeous (I pass this every day on the 38 going to work).

  6. Now boarded up due to pandemic. Unsure whether California proposition 19 would affect conversion of theatre into hotel or condominium. In the interim, should SF move into ‘red or orange tier’, it would be interesting, to see theatre management (Mitchell 2nd generation) reopen, for ‘social-distancing’ engagement.

  7. Sad to report, after a drop in attendance for several years, the COVID pandemic finally forced theatre to close permanently. After 50 years, it ceased operation in October, 2020. RIP, O’Farrell Theatre, thanks for the memories!

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