Abandoned Divisadero Theater Gets A New Lease (No Pun Intended) On Life

Abandoned Divisadero Theater Gets A New Lease (No Pun Intended) On Life

The Harding Theater which has been closed for years is getting a new lease on life, welcome Emporium SF.

And in case you had no background of the theater itself, The Harding Theater was built in 1926 by local theater owner Samuel H. Levin who hired Reid Brothers architects. The theater opened April 8, 1926 with Colleen Moore starring in the first movie version of the hit musical Irene. The building itself had qualified for historical landmark treatment and has gone through the ringer of mixed use since it's opening. The theater itself couldn't stay open, with low ticket sales mixed in with a developing neighborhood—it's about time someone bought it out.

Now enter: Emporium SF, an arcade bar that is about to soft open tomorrow. Since the space hasn't been vacant for 26 years, it took co-owner Danny Marks much longer than expected to open (keep in mind, they paid for the space in 2015). What with multiple permits to request, retrofitting the building, and restoring old architecture. The co-owning brothers, Danny and Doug, also run an Emporium in greater Chicago. "[We host] company parties, team building events, birthday parties, fundraisers, meet ups, bachelor/ette parties, bar crawls, and pretty much any other type of event," they told us. Reservations are accepted for nine to 900 people—that's pretty cray.

The space will also include arcade classics, pinball, pool, foosball, air hockey, skeeball, shuffleboard, indie games and various other vintage games for those history buffs in the back. So why not grab a friend for tomorrow and go help the brothers celebrate!

// 12/1—12/2, 6pm, 616 Divisadero St., NoPa; The venue is accepting applications for bartenders, game technicians, event coordinator, and other positions. Want free game tokens as well? Click here!

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