Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street,
San Rafael, CA 94901

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The California Film Institute has restored the former Rafael Theatre, now officially called the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. The Art Moderne Rafael, a 1938 renovation of the fire-damaged 1918 former Orpheus Theatre, houses three screens, specializing in independent and foreign films.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2007 at 6:59 am

This is another recent photo of the Rafael Film Center.

DanZastrow on June 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Lots of changes since David’s last post. Cinemark has purchased the Century Cimemas chain. The California Film Institute (owners of The Rafael) have purchased the Sequoia in Mill Valley and there does not seem to be any plans for a downtown San Rafael multi-plex.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Here is the Rafael at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2009 at 10:53 am

This is another photo of the Rafael at night.

TLSLOEWS on April 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Nice night time shot Lost Memory.

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:28 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2011 at 1:53 am

Could the Orpheus Theatre have been the house at San Rafael for which plans were then being completed, according to the January 30, 1918, issue of Building and Engineering News? The item listed the owner of the house as Thomas Phillips, General Manager of the American-Irish Players Company of New York City. The architect for the project was New Yorker Francis H. Kimball.

JGGreco on February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

The Rafael was featured in Lucas' “American Graffiti”. When the cop pulls over Milner in the yellow deuce coupe he stops right in front of the theater. Images here

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

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

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