Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Castro Theatre

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The Castro Theatre, situated at the corner of Castro and Market, is one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks. This magnificent neighborhood theater is decorated in the Spanish Renaissance style; with Moorish Tent, Oriental Zodiac, and Art Deco touches throughout.

Built in 1922, the theater is still going strong in the country’s best known gay neighborhood. Playing films from across the spectrum of independent film, the Castro Theatre is one of the last picture palaces left in the San Francisco area.

Contributed by Tom Rielly

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CStefanic
CStefanic on May 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I feel the same way, Moviemanforever. I live for movies as well, and live in L.A. where there are a few houses left that screen 35mm classics!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 2, 2015 at 6:07 am

1960’s photo added, credit The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Mickey Pfleger.

davepring
davepring on August 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

This is one of my favourite San Francisco theatres and will hopefully remain showing film for many more years as my other favourites The Coronet and Metro are no longer with us.

robboehm
robboehm on October 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

So true hdtv 267. The new multiplexes come and go with a shelf life usually of 18 years. Easy to tear down and build anew than modify or upgrade. Plus it’s all leased property.

kpdennis
kpdennis on October 12, 2015 at 5:54 am

We were fortunate to catch a Sunday matinee of the recent Vertigo 70mm screening while vacationing in San Francisco. The pre-movie pipe organ concert fully contributed to the “event” vibes that accompany a movie at the Castro.

stevenj
stevenj on November 9, 2015 at 6:13 am

I’ve added 4 new photos – 3 exteriors showing the wider sidewalks and tile work in front of the theater and a long shot taken from an apartment balcony on Twin Peaks showing the bulk of the theater from above.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on September 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

This coming September offers the usual eclectic fare .

Sept 10th is the SF premiere of “King Cobra” starring Christian Slater, James Franco and Garrett Clayton as Brent Corrigan.

Sept 11th is a 4K restoration of “Howard’s End”

Sept 17th & 18th a “Grease” Sing-a-long

Sept 20th a screening and q/a with Bianca DelRio and “Hurricane Bianca”

Sept 21st premiere of the Amazon series “Transparent” season 3

Sept 22nd a night with Alan Cumming

October kicks off with a 70mm screening of “Vertigo”

certain events where needed offer reserved seating, but in general this is and always will be first come, first served seating. The experience of this amazing theatre is added with queing up on Castro Street.

stevenj
stevenj on September 5, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Just picked up a schedule a few days ago – Lawrence of Arabia will be shown in 70mm Oct 1 and 2, Vertigo in 70mm Oct 14, 15, 16. Would love to see the Transparent event but will be out of town that week. Most of the cast will be in attendance. They are showing the first 2 episodes of season 3 as the “premier”. There is also a showing of a restored print of Multiple Maniacs with Divine Sept 16 (schedule says a print has been unavailable for decades).

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 18, 2016 at 3:34 am

Mid `60’s photo added via the opensfhistory.org website.

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