Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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hdtv267 on November 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Thank you very much Steven, those are great photos!!

stevenj on November 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm

I’ve added 4 new photos – 3 exteriors showing the wider sidewalks and tile work in front of the theater and a long shot taken from an apartment balcony on Twin Peaks showing the bulk of the theater from above.

hdtv267 on October 25, 2015 at 10:45 am

They are lined up down Castro Street today for a screening of “The Godfather”. Such an amazing place to see a movie like this. That is presented digitally, however the ‘nightcap’ of “Serpico” is being shown on film.

I’ve yoinked the picture from Castro’s Facebook page, again to show what an amazing place it is.

kpdennis on October 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

We were fortunate to catch a Sunday matinee of the recent Vertigo 70mm screening while vacationing in San Francisco. The pre-movie pipe organ concert fully contributed to the “event” vibes that accompany a movie at the Castro.

robboehm on October 11, 2015 at 7:05 am

So true hdtv 267. The new multiplexes come and go with a shelf life usually of 18 years. Easy to tear down and build anew than modify or upgrade. Plus it’s all leased property.

hdtv267 on October 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

I yanked a photo from the Castro’s Facebook page. Shows the 13 reels of film for the Lawrence of Arabia screening that took place at the Castro a while back.

Stick your soulless multiplexes in North Jersey that certain board members obsess over, and post nonsensical self-servng drivel.

This is true motion picture entertainment at this amazing venue and deserves so much more respect on this board than it’s been getting.

Long Live the Castro Theatre.

davepring on August 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

This is one of my favourite San Francisco theatres and will hopefully remain showing film for many more years as my other favourites The Coronet and Metro are no longer with us.

hdtv267 on August 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Typical of some of the jackasses who leave comments on these boards. Some coward comes on here and makes this statement.. Eric on November 24, 2004 at 7:54 pm Nassers: Tsk Tsk Tsk….

Look for the Castro to be a Walgreens, Gap, or Crunch Gym within a year"

It’s August 2015 and the Castro is still going strong, but this is allowed to continue with nonsensical rumors and innuendo and jackasses posting just for sake of posting on this once really great board and treasure trove of great information has become a pile of shit.

I also notice the douchebag never came back to re-cant his statement. Well done.

Such a shame that the so-called moderators have allowed this pollution to continue year after year after year and this , like the movie going experience go into the toilet. This isn’t Facebook, don’t post just for the sake of posting. Find another hobby.

DavidZornig on February 1, 2015 at 8:07 pm

1960’s photo added, credit The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Mickey Pfleger.

CStefanic on May 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

I feel the same way, Moviemanforever. I live for movies as well, and live in L.A. where there are a few houses left that screen 35mm classics!

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on March 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Major efforts are underway to save the San Francisco Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Please visit our CODA (Castro Organ Devotees Association) 501©(3)’s website at: to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on our progress. Thanks!

Ian on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 am

A couple more photos of the Castro in 2000 here including a stage one showing the top of the organ. Sad it might be moved out of such a fitting setting :–(



Ian on March 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

A rescued (from an under-exposed negative) photo of the Castro interior taken in March 2000, showing a part of this magnificent theater :–


Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

I also was wondering why it was in 1.33, since I know that when it was released to theatres, it was in 1.85. Maybe it was the full-screen edition for television. But they announced from the stage prior to the showing that it was a DVD.

PeterApruzzese on November 12, 2012 at 4:54 am

I wonder where they got a DVD of that movie as it’s never officially been released in that format anywhere in the world. Also, it should have been 1.85 widescreen.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

They announced that there was no 35mm print available, but they got permission to show the collectors edition DVD. It was in 1.33:1 and masked properly on the sides, but was slightly out of focus.

CSWalczak on November 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

The Castro installed its first digital projector in 2009. The Castro remains capable of showing film in many formats, including 70mm.

The showing of “Love with Proper Stranger” was part of of a tribute to Natalie Wood series of films and it is possible that a good quality 35mm print was unavailable (something that, sadly, is going to be increasingly the case) and perhaps the Castro felt it was better to project a DVD version rather than totally disappoint patrons since the event had been publicized for at least a month prior.

HowardBHaas on November 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

Does the theater even have a 2k or 4k digital projector for new films? Because if it doesn’t, then the DVD is projected thru what I will call the slide projector and I would never pay a nickel to see it that way. For that matter, I’m not interested at all in movie theater projection of DVDs. Some movies are being put on 2k or 4k, and that’s a different discussion.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

I visited this beautiful theatre yesterday for the Natalie Wood film festival. GYPSY was in 35mm scope, and the projectionist did an outstanding, making sure every reel was in sharp focus. But the second feature, LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER, was on DVD and was a little out of focus throughout. I know DVD projectors can be focused, because I have operated them. Why then, did he take extra care on GYPSY, but for LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER he just turned the projector on and didn’t fine-tune the focus?

hdtv267 on September 1, 2012 at 4:06 am

In the above mentioned article, please to note that the seating capacity is 1407..(not 1500)

Viz….“. Built in 1922 with a Spanish Colonial Baroque façade, its 1407 seats make this the ideal location to see a movie with 1406 of your favorite friends. ”

CSWalczak on August 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Screen masking is used when widescreen films are shown to achieve a screen size with the appropriate ratio; the Castro can show just about any film format, including 70mm films (except, of course, for three-panel Cinerama). I saw “Lawrence of Arabia there some years ago; it looked magnificent. They will soon be showing a 70mm print of “Vertigo”.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

The screen looks very square and small and not capable of showing movies in scope.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

A few 2011 photo can be seen here, here and here.

stevenj on December 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I met Keith Arnold, the Castro’s new programmer and general manager, by chance in front of the theater just an hour ago. He tells me the internet rumor that the theater will not be showing film after Dec 31 was spread by a disgruntled former employee and is totally false. This has also been confirmed on The Castro’s Facebook page.