A plan to convert Cow Hollow's historic Metro movie theater (2055 Union) to an Equinox gymnasium went before the Planning Commission yesterday, and SFist learns today that it was approved. Alas, another historic cinema shall become a sweaty place full of Zumba and Marina-style hookups (similar to Mission-style hookups, sans burrito odors plus more hair product).
The plan for the conversion/adaptive reuse previously won the approval of preservation types last fall.
The 1924 Metro was designed by architects James and Merritt Reid, who also designed the Cliff House and the Fairmont Hotel, and it's a city landmark. Much like Crunch fitness took over the historic Alhambra Theater on Polk Street some years back, the Equinox people are looking forward to bringing new life to the long vacant building, and making it once again a "beacon" on Union Street.