Project Description

Marina Theater

Built in 1928, the Marina Theater is a landmark of San Francisco’s Marina district. The single-screen theater closed in 2001 after struggling to stay afloat and relevent in today’s multiplex world.

MKThink worked closely with San Francisco’s Neighborhood Theater Foundation, Marina Merchants Association, and Lee Neighborhood Theaters to renovate the historic cinema house to accommodate a two-screen theater and space for a street-level retail tenant. The historic façade was restored and accented with dramatic lighting. The design was embraced by the neighborhood community and unanimously approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission. One of nine historic theaters still in operation, the Marina Theater reopened in 2008 and reassumed its role as a neighborhood centerpiece.

Project name

Marina Theater


Ethnographic Study, Stakeholder Engagement,
Programming Alignment, Historic Renovation,
Interior Design


Stanford, CA


2008 – 2009






SF Neighborhood Theater Foundation