AMC Metreon 16

101 4th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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terrywade on October 17, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Dolby Vision Cinema®In auditorium Lucky #13 is about to have their nice red lights turned off for good. These red lights are on the side walls and over the Dolby Atmos® ceiling speakers. They are on when you come into the cinema space. Seems AMC is turning them off soon in a few weeks and just have a blue strip light down the side cove section when you come inside Dolby Cinema® #13. Bad move on AMC’s part. At least they could have kept the red LED lights on when you came in, then switched to blue for the trailers and then shut them off for the main feature. What a waste even putting them in when they are about not to use them at all. Complain when you pay over $20 plus a fee $$$ to see Dolby Cinema® here that you miss the red!!! To my shock on a visit to see the scope movie ‘Bigger’ today in a rather small curved screen in space #2 for the first time in many months they had the motor black masking working again. I did not have to see white screen at the top and bottom. Maybe someone at AMC saw my complaints? Thank you AMC for bringing the proper masking back.

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 2:16 pm

This opened on June 16th, 1999. Grand opening ad in the photo section. It was in the Sony Entertainment center, which was to be built worldwide. Only the ones in San Francisco, Berlin and Tokyo were opened.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 10, 2017 at 3:39 am

Probably safe to call this straight up AMC Metreon… all Loews signage has finally been removed inside and outside the building.

leowtyx on October 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm


Are there sources confirming the screen size to be 97 by 76 ft? Because I read that some claim to be 100 by 80 ft.

bigjoe59 on July 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm


to Joe Vogel thanks for the info about the Northpoint. I guess the story with the Northpoint is similar to the recently closed Ziegfeld in Midtown. no one I know had any complaints about the theater in terms of the projection, sound etc…..but the last few years any big film that played the Ziegfeld also played 10 to 12 other theaters in Manhattan. plus lets be honest even if it were making money what multiplex chain wants to spend the time to operate a large single screen movie theater. its sad the only 1st run single screen movie theater left in Manhattan is the Paris.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm

A Cineplex Odeon spokesperson said at the time of the Northpoint’s closing that the lease was up and the house had been losing money for some time, so the lease wasn’t renewed. Apparently nobody else wanted it either. SF Gate Story.

bigjoe59 on July 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm


i haven’t been out to San Francisco for maybe 10? years. to which i was shocked to hear the Northpoint closed. i always liked the theater during my trips out to your city. so why did it close? lack of business or the landlord sold the land? i looked at theater’s page but non one has posted there for well over a year so i thought i’d ask here.

terrywade on June 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm

The big AMC remodel job is almost over at the Metreon Theatre in San Francisco. One of the worst changes is the removal of the dark blue cove lights in the long hall. AMC replaced them with bright ugly white LED lights that shine in your face when you walk around to go into your auditoriums. They trashed about 50% of the nice large candy counter display popcorn and drink signs in the lobby. They did make a big change in the Dolby Cinema #13 for the better after my last visit 6 months ago and reduced the red lights on the aisles so they don’t shine on the curved Dolby Vision® screen on the bottom corners. I did enjoy the new Pirates movie in Imax 3-D in their only Imax screen in the building even though they had a 10 minutes delay at the start at a 12:45 mat because of a chiller problem in the Imax projectors. The people that do these remodel jobs for AMC have no showmanship, at least they could have put in multi color LED lights so the manager could change to what ever color he wanted in the lobby halls but now we are stuck with boring no class white bright lights.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2017 at 6:08 am

I think hdtv might be referring to the Metreon itself. The IMAX web site lists only 17 theaters with laser IMAX in the US and Canada, and 22 more in the rest of the world. I don’t think many of them have screens as big as the Metreon’s, though.

HowardBHaas on February 23, 2017 at 4:18 am

I don’t get it. That link doesn’t refer to any particular city. What city is the real laser IMAX? Why write in code & mystery?

stevenj on December 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

2 years of posts are missing from this page. I’ve noticed that some of my posts for other theaters were deleted also. ???

re terrywade – Cinema 13 was the theater that had a Dolby Atmos sound system installed for Gravity. Dolby Vision Cinema will still use the Atmos sound system, add more comfortable seating and the latest in digital projection.


terrywade on December 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Visited this cinema today and they are busy putting in the new recliners in about half of the cinema’s at one end of the building. Cinema #13 (the largest screen non Imax in the theatre) is being turned into SF’s fist Dolby Vision Cinema. They removed the small candy counter they never used in front of the new Dolby Cinema entrance. Go visit in the next few weeks to see the old worn seats before they are removed in cinemas #7-#12. Be ready for noisy hammering going on during your movie from the next door cinemas they are working on. Many people left and got a refund! They need to put a sign up in the lobby on the remodel noise going on. Once a former Loews/Sony large complex theatre the seating will be way reduced by the larger seats at the SF Metreon. Same old problem in Cinema#7 and most of the spaces, the red aisle lights shine on the bottom right and left part of the curved screen. At least AMC still has masking that moves not like Cinemark/Century that keeps everything open with boring white screen shown. Things hope to ready with the new seats in some auditoriums by Christmas. They have turned up the sound I think to drown out all the hammering. Bring the workers in at night to do the work please.

ImaxGeek on August 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

The Imax screen was designed by Gensler, a major architecture firm. The screen is identical to the one at the Amc Lowes Lincolm Square 13. It is the largest in North America at 97 by 76 ft.

moviebuff82 on June 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm

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.

imax on June 30, 2014 at 11:00 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.

stevenj on October 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

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.

Mikeyisirish on December 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

CSWalczak on May 10, 2011 at 9:59 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.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

@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”).

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 27, 2010 at 10:48 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2010 at 5:11 am

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

terrywade on August 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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!

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:29 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 8:05 am

Not exactly a movice palace but looks cool.