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Just a note about the Preview screen in the lobby. It was still there in the late 1960’s. I remember it very well
Just a memory from my moveigoing childhood in the Bronx.My mom took me to see Mary Poppins at the Valentine, and when we came out we learned Malcolm X had just been shot in Harlem. I am finding it amazing all the memories that perusing this sight brings back. Thank you for the sight
I would just like to urge everyone in the bay area to patronize the METRO. It is the last of it’s kind in San Francisco [The Castro is in a class by itself and does not count]. The Metro has a huge screen, which they advertise as the biggest in town. The sound is suberb,The seats are comfortable and it is one of the few places left that will give you an idea of what going to the movies was like before the advent of the dreaded multplexes. The only way to keep this place open is to give them business. It has been threatened to close for years now. A few years ago it was slated to be torn down for a Border’s books. but the community stopped that. The last time I was there the Manger gave a little talk before the film to encourage people to tell their friends what a a great place to see a movie the Metro is.The best way to save a theater like this is to patronise it.
Well someone should say something nice about this place.In the last couple of years before it closed it had an amazing variety of movies, sometimes on the same bill.I saw my first Jackie Chan film there, as well as Meet me in St Louis, Absolute Beginners, and many others. Towards the end they even had set up a form of Dolby Stereo. This consisted of two large speakers hung either side about halfway up the orchestra section. If you were sitting in the row between these two speakers the sound was awesome.The clientele was always problematic, due to the neighborhood and the cheap prices, but in the time I refer to, there were enough serious film freaks to make it it alright.From about 1987 till the earthquake in 1989 I went to the Strand at least once a week, and it looms large in my memory
I also think this was open later then 1964. I used to go there a lot when I was very young. I remember seeing Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife there and that did not come out until 1965.