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1800 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103
1800 Mission StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94103
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In January, 2007 Armory Studios, LLC announced that it had acquired the San Francisco National Guard Armory and Arsenal located at the corner of 14th and Mission Street.

This 200,000 square foot reproduction Moorish Castle was completed in 1914 and was used as a National Guard facility until 1976. It retains original period details including wainscoting, stone staircases, sweeping corridors, cavernous access to Mission Creek,and a gigantic drill court spanning almost an acre. It served as both a barricade and safety point for officers during rioting in San Francisco in 1934. Though for most of the past 40 years, it has sat vacant, it was used by George Lucas to film the first Star Wars movie.


The Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of official use since this time. Previous conversion plans throughout the years were met with much community resistance for various reasons including gentrification and broader concerns relating to social and environmental impact. Armory Studios, remaining mindful of these concerns, plans to restore and renovate the Armory to its original splendor, style and beauty.

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"American Conservatory Theater has presented a play here."
"Re their tour: Right from the start our tour guide Dane was a wonderful orator."
"Very amusing tour in this historic building!"
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Reverend Metalburner
8 months ago
Tour- The building is beautiful and historical. Interesting, but not worth the price of admission. Our guide seemed disinterested and bitter. She reminded us several times that piracy puts people out of work. Felt a bit rushed. I would wish I would have been there to see a set being built for device bondage or talked with some of the props people.
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Lauren Pinheiro
a year ago
I recently took a tour of this place and was thoroughly amused. Where else in the world can you see something like this, nowhere to be exact! Be forewarned only the openminded and accepting welcome. Our tour guide was extremely hillarious and wouldn't think twice about locking someone in a cage. Even as a mild kinkster I enjoyed myself.
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Stephen Schur
a year ago
It's ironic that this edifice built to suppress 'anarchists' should host the Anarchist Book Fair, but they do. It's also ironic that certain anarchists choose to boycott because this is arguably the largest niche film production studio in San Francisco. You can take a tour and watch films in the making. The tour price may seem steep (to me, anyway) but there are frequent 2 for 1 offers. American Conservatory Theater has presented a play here. Skateboarders give the front steps five stars and the walls are popular with urban ninjas.
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Łukasz Łukasiewicz
a week ago
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Olivier Dieleman
9 months ago
Very amusing tour in this historic building! The tour guide was informative, open for all questions and we got to see a lot of different sets and props. Also got some neat inside information! Glad I did the tour! Next time I'll play an extra ;)
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Dave Tapley
a year ago
R.e. their tour: Right from the start our tour guide Dane was a wonderful orator. There was eight of us on the tour which was just the right size to be personal (I think they take up to thirty). Despite being billed for ninety minutes we ran a little over (which was great, as I didn't want it to end!). Dane was very conscientious the whole time, and never made us feel out of place. A wide range of subjects were covered from the building, to the company, to his personal accounts of what goes on 'behind the scenes'. Asking questions was encouraged, never felt awkward, and always replied to in an knowledgeable and interesting way. I would recommend to anyone with even the slightest interest!
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David Welsh
4 months ago
You get what you pay for...
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Jason Letellier
11 months ago

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