Presidio Theatre Updates
The Presidio Theatre is currently closed to events until officials determine it is again safe to gather in groups. We eagerly look forward to that day and are currently working with artists to reimagine what live performance may look like as we adjust back to normal.
In the meantime, we are are excited to announce we have launched a new online video series titled “Dreams from the Presidio Theatre”. In this weekly series, we will feature local Bay Area artists and invite them to share a dream they have had since the shelter-in-place period began, or a dream they have for the future. We will also explore what the “soul” of San Francisco means to them, given the unprecedented culture shift we are experiencing and how the city may look different going forward. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date with all future episodes.
We began our series with Brenda Wong Aoki, and then Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones. We would like to acknowledge that these episodes were recorded just before the death of George Floyd and the protests and demonstrations that have since spread across the country. Brenda, Idris and Rhodessa have spent their lives working for social equality and embody the essence of this critical movement. The Presidio Theatre stands in solidarity with the Black Community and all those striving for justice and socially equality. In light of these events, we would like to share a quote from Idris and Rhodessa:
“A lifeless black body swinging from a poplar tree. A white cop pointing a gun at a father’s head. A southern white land owner striking a relative working in the fields who requested a leave from work for a family emergency. A gang of white youth chasing a teenager to do harm as he rode his bicycle and crossed the ‘forbidden line’. A personal legacy experienced by the family of Ackamoor and Jones, the Floyd family and so many other African Americans since the last slave ship arrived on these shores. Unite for change…Vote…art as social change…engage. Music is the healing force of the Universe!”
We will continue updating this page about happenings at the theatre and our timeline to reopen as we know more. We are heart broken for what the pandemic means to those already struggling to make ends meet and whose livelihood is dependent on performance and in-person interaction. For those of you that are able, we would greatly appreciate you considering a donation to the Presidio Theatre (a non-profit organization), so that we can continue supporting our local artists by ensuring they have a place to perform once we get through this challenging time. Learn more on our Support Us page.
We wish you and your loved ones good health until we see you at theatre again.