A lot of Russian Hill locals join the Polk Street Crunch for proximity’s sake. Others wouldn’t mind a longer trip to another gym, but prefer its location on the oh-so-wonderful Polk Street. Others are too elite for the plebeian 24/Hour Fitness, whilst too po’ for the swank SF Bay Club. And perhaps some of you, like Yours Truly, don’t work out. Gasp! But, mind you, if I did want to lace up and take my too-crisp running shoes for a spin on the ole Precor, I’d head to the Polk Street Crunch for one reason and one reason only: the Alhambra Theater. It’s just too pretty for words, and I’m in awe of it each time I pass.
I’ve met native San Franciscans who insist San Francisco’s history has been somehow betrayed by Crunch’s takeover of the theater. But seeing as the space, an officially-designated SF landmark, has maintained most of its original details, and now it’s always well-lit for visitors to enjoy, I’m all for the conversion. Do you crunch? Why? Do you have a weakness for Alhambra, too?