AMC Loews Metreon 16

101 Fourth Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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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.

Coate on March 21, 2007 at 10:45 pm

“300” is currently playing here in IMAX.

l4nd0 on December 3, 2005 at 10:22 am

The Meteron is to some extend a souless multiplex, but as far as it goes, it’s probably the best souless multiplex in the world. The theater features DLP projectors on some screens, and every screen is THX certified. Even among THX auditoriums The Metreon has outstanding sound.

The Metreon draws strong crowds on opening days, leading to a pleasant movie going experience of enthusiastic fans.

GaryParks on February 3, 2005 at 12:27 pm

A nice decorative touch is the terrazzo pavement leading up to the long ticket counter. The pavement looks very much like that in the entrance of the Wiltern, Los Angeles.

Eric on February 3, 2005 at 11:56 am

I really hate this place.

It put many of the other older movie palaces in San Fancisco out of business!


stevemcgarrett on February 3, 2005 at 11:49 am

I kinda miss the place…….
Auditoriums #11 # 12 is BIIIIIG!!!!!
I groaned if a movie I went to see was at #1’s – #4 seems teeny tiny
Went there almost every weekend but since I live down the Peninsula and theres already a 12 plex just up the street from where I live.

MagicLantern on February 1, 2005 at 10:20 pm

Was just there this weekend to see “Assault on Precinct 13” – it’s a huge place but the chairs were comfortable, the sound was good and the audience was involved in the film yet well-behaved.

dave-bronx™ on February 1, 2005 at 9:47 pm

The name of the theatre is Loews Metreon, the name Metreon alone is the name of the Sony facility of which it is part.