Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on September 1, 2012 at 10:06 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
hdtv267 on August 31, 2012 at 4:03 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.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2012/08/top_10_bay_area_movie_theaters.php?page=2

hdtv267
hdtv267 on August 31, 2012 at 5:20 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….

http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/VenueListings.action?venueId=10297

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 3, 2012 at 7:50 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
Mikeoaklandpark on August 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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

hdtv267
hdtv267 on August 2, 2012 at 5:11 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.

http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/SF-s-Castro-Theatre-celebrates-90-years-3755234.php

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
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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

stevenj
stevenj on December 7, 2011 at 6:54 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
Cinerama on December 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Hi Chuck,

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

Thanks!

Roland

http://cineramahistory.com

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on March 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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
johndereszewski on November 17, 2010 at 8:27 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
gd14lawn on November 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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

darquil
darquil on April 25, 2010 at 2:31 am

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Here is the ticket booth taken in 2009:
http://tinyurl.com/y7hoeww

davepring
davepring on March 19, 2010 at 3:43 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
kencmcintyre on March 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

This is a larger version of the photo at the top of the page:
http://tinyurl.com/y8z5oa9

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 23, 2009 at 12:43 am

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
jackeboy on July 9, 2009 at 7:35 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
MPol on March 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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

MPol
MPol on February 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I love it!! Thanks, Lost Memory.

MPol
MPol on February 20, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Aha! Okay. Thanks for the info.

MPol
MPol on February 20, 2009 at 11:03 am

Thanks, Lost Memory. It looks like the Castro Theatre was just cleaned and renovated? Was it?

My nostalgia burns brightly.