Nob Hill Theater Owner Has Died

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  1. azdr0710

    azdr0710 "Old Timer"

    found this over at MSS posted by photographer Terry Wade....I also posted this in The Lounge as general news, then realized it's appropriate here, of course

    Nob Hill Theatre SF Owner Shan Sayles Has Died


    My good friend Shan Sayles has passed away. He owned the Nob Hill Theatre is SF CA. Shan died this past Wed Dec 21 in Carmel CA. The Nob Hill was and still is one of the most famous adult cinemas in the world. He rents It out now but owns the building. Shan was quite the theatre showman as he owned many regular movie theatres and select adult male porn cinemas along with girl stripper cinemas around the USA over the years. I first met him in Hollywood many years ago when his 'Paris Adult Cinema' had a fire and he had me shoot photos for the insurance people. What a fun guy he was and very interested in helping save many theatres with his donations to help remodel and keep them open. Ran the old Park Theatre in LA were Pat Rocco ran his 16mm films and even produced some of his own 16mm loop male videos in the 70's. One story he told me about was when Bob Mizer from AMG came by in the 70's to drop 16mm films off at the Paris Cinema on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood one of Bob's little chimps came with him each week and the little monkey got loose out of the managers office and went into the dark cinema during a crowded Sat matinee. . A old man screamed after a hairy guy he thought was touching him in the dark on the seat next to him. It took almost 1 hour to capture the monkey that afternoon. Shan ran next door to a store and got some bananas. Shan was a member of THS the Theatre Historical Society and we loved to tour classic movie theatres together all over the USA some open and many closed. MR Sayles also ran the Century Theatre in LA. My family also ran some movie theatres and we had some fun stories to talk about. I will miss Shan and I don't know at this time what will happen to our famous Nob Hill Theatre in San Francisco CA. My condolences to his good friend John. There will never be another theatre owner and manager like Shan,, May he rest in peace in the big movie theatre in the heavens. Terry
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  2. sniper

    sniper Knight

    Damn, that's a shame. How old was he? I wonder how much longer the Nob Hill will be open. I can't imagine in the current SF real estate market that whoever gets it will keep it as is.
  3. shoparound

    shoparound Apprentice

    I wonder that as well. Nob Hill theatre always seems empty when I walk pass it. Although from their advertisements it seems like there's still business.
  4. azdr0710

    azdr0710 "Old Timer"

    the paragraph above does say Sayles only owned the building and the business, evidently, is separately, maybe, this means the business will continue until Sayles's estate is settled (at least a few months??)....
  5. Kurtis Wolfe

    Kurtis Wolfe Knight

    The building was only owned by Shan Sayles and was actually placed into a living trust in 1998. The current owners / managers of the business have been in control of it for a long while and actually live in an apartment in the same building. I am only assuming that they will now be the owners of the building as part of the trust.
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  6. tcruiser7

    tcruiser7 Apprentice

    I have fun there when I visit SF. I hope it stays around for a while.