Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on November 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

The Castro was named one of the 10 most beautiful cinemas in the world by the BBC.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131127-the-10-most-beautiful-cinemas

hdtv267
hdtv267 on November 27, 2013 at 7:14 am

The December 2013 calendar is up. Great assortment of titles, Gravity and Dial M for Murder in 3D. Noir City Xmas. The annual Christmas Eve San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus concert. Kinsey Sicks. Other cinematic standouts include Marx Brothers classics on December 30th and “Singin in the Rain” on New Years Eve

Of major note to those in San Francisco or going to be on December the 16th, a benefit concert to raise funds for the restoration of the Mighty Wurlitzer.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on July 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

August 2013’s calendar is up now. Some great choices, something for everyone, what stands out is at the end of the month a 70mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

CStefanic
CStefanic on May 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

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!

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

The Castro Theatre will be home to a stop on TCM’s “Road to Hollywood”. Tickets became available yesterday for the screening of “The Pink Panther” with guest Robert Wagner and hosted by Robert Osbourne on April 16th

Tickets (should any be left) are available at TCM’s website via the “Road to Hollywood” link.

One hopes that having TCM “in the house” will help along the fundraising for the Mighty Wurlitzer.

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on March 31, 2013 at 6:52 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: http://www.sfcoda.org to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on our progress. Thanks!

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Thanks Ian- great photographs- thanks for sharing. I hope that the powers that be here will put something on the main page so more people learn about the plight and also can contribute.

Ian
Ian on March 28, 2013 at 10:37 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 :–(

CASTRO EXTERIOR

CASTRO STAGE

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Some very sad news broke today regarding the Mighty Wurlitzer’s future at the Castro theatre.

I wasn’t even aware that the theatre didn’t own it. They do not. So the person who owns it is moving out of the organ and has designs to take with.

But if the money can be raised- the organ can stay- but it’s going to need alot of work.

There’s information about fundraising in the enclosed link below. If someone can make this news a bit more prominent on the site and make sure as many people as possible can see it, that would be great.

A movie at the Castro Theatre without the Mighty Wurlitzer wouldn’t be the same.

http://castrobiscuit.com/2013/03/27/castro-theaters-famous-mighty-wurlitzer-needs-funds-your-help/

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 20, 2013 at 5:18 am

Castro Theatre making the 2013 A-List of “Indie Cinemas” in the Bay Area…

http://sf.cityvoter.com/best/indie-cinema/arts-and-entertainment/bay-area/slideshow?page=1

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

WOW, great photo – thanks for sharing this.

Ian
Ian on March 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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

CASTRO SPLAY WALL

hdtv267
hdtv267 on February 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

The March 2013 calendar has hit the streets and oh look, no empty days this month.

It’s filled with a screening of “Les Miserables”, 70mm showing of “The Master”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Palm Sunday (3/24), “The Ten Commandments” and an appearance by Ru Paul Drag Race start “Latrice Royale” for a screening of Paris is Burning.

http://castrotheatre.com/coming-soon.html

hdtv267
hdtv267 on February 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Another great turn out for today’s “Silent Film Festival” (2/16/13) Twitter posting photos show a full house. Frank Buxton of the SF Silent Film Festival said “ this is where silent film ought to be shown”

July 18-21 is the summer silent film festival- also announced today was the “Hitchcock 9”, nine Hitchcock silent classics from June 14-16

hdtv267
hdtv267 on February 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm

The calendars for Feb 2013 are up on the Castro Theatre’s website.

Great Oscar winners and contenders and great mix of what has made the Castro for 90 years.

and oh look, they’re only “dark” two days that month as well.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on January 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Yet another blog post (including some great photographs) from Noir City

http://sfciviccenter.blogspot.com/2013/01/peggy-cummins-and-gun-crazy-at-noir.html

hdtv267
hdtv267 on January 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

More history being made at the Castro Theatre today as a part of the annual “Noir City” festival.

Today (1/27/13) sees for the first time in 11 years, a DCP presentation of a restoration of “Sunset Blvd”.

This is such a great festival, let’s hope that some of those on this board whom live in San Francisco are attending this event and might be providing first hand reports.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on January 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

As if it needed to cement itself as a true Cinema Treasure, the Castro did itself proud last evening (1/25/13) during the annual Noir City event- the screening of “Gun Crazy” had a special guest of star Peggy Cummins.

Miss Cummins received no less than 4 standing ovations and according to Brian Darr of “Hell on Frisco Bay” she gave a splendid interview and was particularly overwhelmed by seeing this film on the big screen of the Castro and her warm welcome.

Reports also stated she clapped along during the organ’s playing of the iconic “San Francisco” ( which something I feel not doing should result in outster)

hdtv267
hdtv267 on December 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

I was at the screening of “Gypsy” as well, and the picture quality was great. I didn’t stay for “Love with the Proper Stranger” as I hadn’t eaten yet ( I dashed right over to the Castro after a morning showing of Lincoln at the Century)

During my visit to SF in Nov of 2012. I was at the Castro a total of 4 times. Each time was a good experience with the projection and of course the Mighty Wurlitzer.

Only gripe was when I attended “Lawless” the audience was a bit like the usual movie going experience ( talking, texting, etc) and that put me off.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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
PeterApruzzese on November 12, 2012 at 9:54 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 12, 2012 at 2:56 am

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
CSWalczak on November 11, 2012 at 5:41 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
HowardBHaas on November 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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 3:20 pm

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?