After nearly 12 years in operation, Nob Hill’s Lumiere Theatre will be shutting down this Sunday.
Owned and operated by Landmark Theatres — who also operate Embarcadero Center Cinema, Opera Plaza Cinema, Bridge Theatre and Clay Theatre in San Francisco — the Lumiere originally opened in 1991 and, like all Landmark theaters, has been a staple for independent, cult and underground cinema.
While a theater since 1967, Landmark turned it into a small yet dedicated movie house. Aside from new indie and documentary films, it would occasionally participate in film anthologies and series. Perhaps it will live on, but it won’t be under Landmark’s umbrella as they have lost their lease and were not able to broker a new deal with the landlord. But for now it’s the end of an era. Currently the theater is showing Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On and The Intouchables, which will all have their final screenings shortly after 8pm on Sunday. More than just a indie movie house, the Lumiere Theatre is a part of San Francisco city history and this could be the last chance to be a part of it.