San Francisco Neon Series, Alhambra Theater, 1980
© Merideth Grierson

San Francisco Neon Series, Alhambra Theater, 1980

By Merideth Grierson
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"San Francisco, its devotees hope, can always be counted upon to buck the prevailing trends. The Alhambra, [before becoming a fitness center], was a case in point. At a time when the movie-going experience was becoming increasingly generic, with one octoplex indistinguishable from another, this theater remedied an earlier mistake. It reverted from a subdivided twin-title venue to a single-screen cinema place. The eccentric decor, heavy on the Moorish fantasy, was restored to its original splendor." - Erik S. McMahon

The San Francisco Neon Series
This series is a tribute to the era of "gas and glass" in San Francisco. In 1980, Merideth Grierson began a color film project chronicling the disappearing neon art of San Francisco. Many of the images in this series were included in a special feature in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine on November 18, 2001. The article was titled "Sign Language; Where Has San Francisco's Neon Gone?” Most of these iconic signs have indeed disappeared or evolved, and the city has lost much of the unique aesthetic of this special art form.

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San Francisco Neon Series, Alhambra Theater, 1980
San Francisco Neon Series, Alhambra Theater, 1980