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Ruby Skye, San Francisco

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Nightlife · Dance Club
Ruby Skye was a popular nightclub in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

The structure that houses Ruby Skye, called the Native Sons of the Golden West building, is an eight-story, granite-and-brick-faced edifice originally built in the 1890s with Art Nouveau trappings, and was home to the old Stage Door theater.

The nightclub was housed in the Native Sons of the Golden West building at 420 Mason Street, built in 1912 by architect August Headman. The nightclub was housed in what was originally an auditorium/meeting hall. In the 1940s it became a USO club and was called the "Stage Door." Later it started showing films as the "Stage Door Theater" and hosted the premiere of the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo on May 9, 1958. By the early 1980s, it had become the Regency III movie theater (the Regency I and II were located several blocks away).

In 1989 the theater was renamed the "Stage Door Theater" while it was used as a temporary home for the ACT theater. ACT's Geary Theater was heavily damaged in the 1989 earthquake and was being restored.

According to FOH Online, Ruby Skye's sound system consisted of a five-way EAW Avalon DC1 system that had been modified by JK Sound to use EAW KF series drivers. The system included eight EAW DC1 three-way cabinets, six DCT2 supertweeter arrays and 20 DCS2 subwoofers capable of 140db of bass energy. It was the first nightclub in the world to implement Lake Contour 26 loudspeaker processors for audio management.
Ruby Skye played host to a long list of world-renowned DJs, including Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, BT, Darude, Deep Dish, John Digweed, Kaskade, Mark Farina, Markus Schulz, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, Sasha, and Tiƫsto.
It was also a popular location for some of the 106 KMEL House of Soul concerts that the radio station KMEL hosts from time to time.

On March 16, 2017 Ruby Skye announced it would be closing within two months or so after 17 years as a mostly EDM venue. The final event at Ruby Skye took place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 and featured DJ Chuckie with a set called Last Call w/Chuckie.
A new music venue called August Hall, has been opened new owner Nate Valentine at the same location and would feature a restaurant and a few lanes for bowling on the lower level.
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  • Visited this venue to attend a performance/set by Markus Schulz and company. Dance floor is a decent size, but the venue as a whole is intimate and cozy to provide a great experience. Love the...  more »
  • Classy place. I have been to may clubs in the city and this is one of the best.
  • Had an awesome time here for an event last month. Really cool atmosphere for the roaring 20's party that was thrown. It was cool to look down from the balcony above at the dance floor and all around great decor. The private rooms were nice as well to have a smaller party. Staff that night was very pleasant and accommodating. I would definitely return.

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