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Another kmdarchitects icon was the Galaxy Theatre ( 1983) on Van Ness, a $6.5-million, 70-foot-tall series of glass cubes organized into a triangular tip, housing four screens (1)The Galaxy with the hiltonsfunionsq tower hovering in the distance. (2) The Galaxy’s entryway, with white exposed vents and neon aplenty, lighting the exterior columns from the inside out—a pastiche if every there was one. (3) A brass cage surrounded the oversized concessions counter. (4) A view of the ornate lighting scheme and the ascending triangular columns (all PC: johnsuttonpix, archrecordmag, 1984) (5) And a crosssection of the bizarre building (Arts and Architecture, 1985). (6) The Galaxy was the brainchild of Herb McLaughlin and the youngest partner at KMD, Jeffrey Heller. Heller, an mitarchitecture alum with Raymond Hood ( rockcenternyc) obsession, became a force at KMD. His brashness and flamboyant projects made him, according to the sfchronicle, either “the enfant terrible or the boy wonder” of the SF architecture world ( sfchronicle, 1984). (7) In this case, though, Heller was mostly following instructions from the Downtown Plan, which simply forbade a surburban-style movie complex. So Heller, KMD, and unitedartists, the owners of the theater, billed the unconventional design as an old-time movie palace. See their Golden Age openingnight announcement ( sfchronicle, 1984). (8) The theatre became one of the guineapigs for George Lucas’ thxltd sound system technology and certification system, designed to make Star Wars movies pack more punch. A fitting name for the testing zone ( sfchronicle, 1984). (9) Much of Hood can be seen in Heller’s architecture. Here’s his grand main recording studio for nbc studios ( archrecordmag, 1928). (10) And his curved lines for the Masonic Temple in Scranton ( 1930) ( bplboston, Tichnor Postcard Collection). While KMD hoped that the theater would inspire patrons to dress up and come in droves, they mostly flocked to more conventional houses. Galaxy closed in 2005 and was demolished in 2011.