Great Star Rising: Behind the revival of a classic San Francisco theater

Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret at The Great Star in December. (photo: Patric Carver) Words by SarahJayn Kemp The Great Star Theater is the last of a dying breed of uniquely San Franciscan venues. “There used to be twenty-six theaters in Chinatown. Twenty-six! Now, we’re the only one left,” says Paul Nathan, proprietor of The Great Star. Explaining that The Great Star was built in 1925 as a Chinese opera house, Nathan’s voice intensifies to add: “It’s a special place. A magical place. It’s the last one of its kind...You can feel the past in this place when you walk in [...]

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