Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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HowardBHaas on November 11, 2012 at 2:53 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 2:20 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?

hdtv267 on September 1, 2012 at 9:06 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. ”

hdtv267 on August 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

There’s always alot of debate when Top 10 lists are released. Knowing the SF Weekly as I do, someplace that offers alcohol getting preference comes at no surprise.

No shame in being number 2 on this list…

Quoting them

“Maybe the perfect theater? Nay, the perfect movie palace. Fantastic, varied programming, exciting special events, breathtaking interior. ”

Read the rest at the link below.

hdtv267 on August 31, 2012 at 4:20 am

Keith Arnold has been doing a tremendous job in making this amazing theatre palace, a TRUE definition of a Cinema Treasure (as opposed to some indescript soulless multiplex) as it celebrates it’s 90th birthday.

As tremendous as this past month of August has been, September kicks off with a 70mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”(on real film)– that has been recently named the best movie of all time. Advance tickets for this event are available here….

The Sing-A-Longs schedule includes the “The Little Mermaid” October 12-19 and “West Side Story” on November 11th.

CSWalczak on August 3, 2012 at 6:50 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 2:29 pm

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

hdtv267 on August 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

A true cinema treasure is celebrating it’s 90th anniversary. Jesse Hamlin from the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a really great piece about the Castro in today’s edition.

There’s some really great photos celebrating the history of this incredible venue.

I hope people attend and share recollections and treat this theatre with the respect it deserves here and not like some of the entries here in which certain people feel it necessary to post every time someone takes a bowel movement in a particular complex.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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

stevenj on December 7, 2011 at 5:54 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.

Cinerama on December 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hi Chuck,

I would love to see those pictures of the Hartford, CT Cinerama/Colonial theatre that you have.



scottfavareille on March 31, 2011 at 11:45 am

KTVU-2 news last night reported that the Castro Theater will now be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays starting in April. This is due to the decline of available product to play in the theater (“revival film product) and a drop in attendence. The report did state that the Castro is still "in the black”. The same report also mentioned that the Red Vic Theater is having similar problems.

johndereszewski on November 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Last week, my wife and I visited this neighborhood and passed by the Castro. While it was closed at the time, we really enjoyed viewing the terrific facade – and the tiles in the outer lobby were wonderful. This is something that you really have to view in the flesh.

gd14lawn on November 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Will, That is a great picture of the beautiful interior. Thanks!

darquil on April 25, 2010 at 1:31 am

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

kencmcintyre on April 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Here is the ticket booth taken in 2009:

davepring on March 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Thats a great photo from the 40s…the Castro is my favourite theatre on the West Coast…but its a long way from Brighton U.K :)

kencmcintyre on March 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This is a larger version of the photo at the top of the page:

CSWalczak on July 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

It was nice to see on the Castro website that they have returned somewhat to the kind of programming that was typical of the 1980s; the screens even look like their brochures of that period.

jackeboy on July 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I went to the Castro this week to see a double feature of Goodbye Mr.Chips, and Wuthering Heights. About halfway through Wuthering Heights, some people in the audience began laughing at the film in a mocking way.While waiting for the second feature, I formulated the following theory. At some point the people who were laughing had made an emotional connection with the film, but regarded themselves as too tragically hip to have that happen. So as a defense mechanism they mock.This happens fairly often at the Castro. It is especially bad during the annual Film Noir festival. You almost feel people are going to the movies to make fun of them. Comments anyone?

MPol on March 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Same here, Justin, although I’d admittedly love to see the inside of the Castro Theatre some day.

moviebuff82 on March 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I saw the theater while watching the movie “Milk”. Very classy theater, even though I haven’t been inside it.

MPol on February 23, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I love it!! Thanks, Lost Memory.