AMC Loews Metreon 16

101 Fourth Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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IMAX Screen interior

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This sizeable multiplex includes IMAX screens in addition to conventional ones.

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terrywade on August 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

Went to see ‘Inception’ last week at the large AMC IMAX Metreon in San Francisco. The place is no longer a Sony or Loews place. As usual one lady selling tickets in a boxoffice for 7 opening. You have to wait to buy a ticket same at the candy counter. Over 10 slots just two open. Why wait to by the expensive junk. The worst was in the Imax Theatre (at least this is a big full old time Imax theatre not the Imax Experience some chains are doing to make extra money) They are now showing ads in the middle part of the big Imax screen way before the show starts. The thing that bothered me was the projection room work light was shining on the screen during the whole ad part of the pre show commercials. I looked for a manager to have them turn off the light but no manger to be found. At least when they started the film someone in the booth finally turned off the light. The worst was yet to come. Only the middle part of the huge Imax screen was used for ‘Inception’ A mid wide screen CinemaScope look from a blow up shot film. Not true big square IMAX. I like good stereo sound but the sound in the IMAX Metreon was way to loud. Many people I saw covering their ears. The stage speakers were so loud, you can’t even hear the surround speakers that are always way to low at the Metreon IMAX. Next time you go start your search for a manager if you have a problem like sound and leaking light they may be out for lunch at the SF AMC Metreon and you will miss the film. This is not the best place to see IMAX in the area. I know some films may not be shot in true 70mm or digital IMAX but I am not getting a discount when only part of the screen is being used. I think I’ll save my ears and just see It in a regular size large screen auditorium next time. The people next to me cut up paper and stuck it in their ears. Have not ever seen that take place in a Cinema. The bass was so over the top my ears were ringing out on the street after I left. Some of San Francisco’s most rowdy people will attend the Metreon and talk all during the show. They have fights and a person was killed in this Cinema a few years ago. Enter at your own risk and bring ear plugs!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Like several other Loew’s houses of the period, the Metreon was designed by architect David Rockwell and his firm, Rockwell Group.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 28, 2010 at 1:48 am

Really once you get inside it’s just your typical Sony/Loews of the time. They originally opened with standard seats in a stadium style but replaced them a few years later. Not a bad theatre overall but suffers from the location. I’d much rather go to the Century across the street.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

@Terry Wade: All 2:35 widescreen shot films that are blown up for IMAX appear only on the middle part of the screen. I thought everyone knew that by now. The only way you’ll see the entire IMAX screen filled is for 1:85 shot films and films with scenes shot with IMAX cameras (“The Dark Knight”, “Tron Legacy”, “Transformers 2”).

CSWalczak on May 11, 2011 at 12:59 am

According to this article in yesterday’s SF Gate: View link, the current main entrance to the Metreon and the theaters on the corner of Fourth and Mission will be glassed in and used by Target as a cafeteria area. The entrance is apparently now going to be further east on Mission and the escalators relocated as well.

Mikeyisirish on December 9, 2012 at 4:26 am

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

stevenj on October 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

hdtv267 – Saw 3D Gravity here on Sunday in auditorium 13 which was outfitted with a Dolby Atmos sound system Dolby Atmos link and a medium size curving screen. Very good 3D and sound, the low frequency effects felt like they were going right through you. The film was released with a Dolby Atmos sound track BTW. Why auditorium 13 and not IMAX? My friend, who bought the tickets in advance at the Metreon in person the day before, asked the ticket seller if Gravity was presented in IMAX ($19) using the entire screen. He was told no – that the Metreon would no longer show true IMAX as the projectors had all been switched out to digital. So he opted for the Atmos presentation ($15) which I have to say was quite impressive. Most of the films (Apocalypse Now Redux, Spiderman, Avatar) I’ve seen at the Metereon IMAX theater over the years have not been projected on the whole screen but looked like blowups using maybe 60 – 70% of the screen.

imax on July 1, 2014 at 2:00 am

Transformers 4 is shown using their digital projector. While the IMAX scenes are significantly larger than the regular scenes, they are still using much less of the screen than if it had been shown on 15/70 film. Such a shame even though it is probably still the best place in SF to see it.

moviebuff82 on July 1, 2014 at 3:09 am

Transformers 4 was shot in digital imax 3d (the first feature length film to use it) and presented that way.The next 70mm film to be shown later this year will be Interstellar which will probably be the last major 70mm imax feature film.

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