Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Castro Auditorium just before SFIFF screening of The Third Man on 28 April 2012

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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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DavidZornig on February 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

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

hdtv267 on August 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Typical of some of the jackasses who leave comments on these boards. Some coward comes on here and makes this statement.. Eric on November 24, 2004 at 7:54 pm Nassers: Tsk Tsk Tskā€¦.

Look for the Castro to be a Walgreens, Gap, or Crunch Gym within a year"

It’s August 2015 and the Castro is still going strong, but this is allowed to continue with nonsensical rumors and innuendo and jackasses posting just for sake of posting on this once really great board and treasure trove of great information has become a pile of shit.

I also notice the douchebag never came back to re-cant his statement. Well done.

Such a shame that the so-called moderators have allowed this pollution to continue year after year after year and this , like the movie going experience go into the toilet. This isn’t Facebook, don’t post just for the sake of posting. Find another hobby.

davepring on August 20, 2015 at 2:52 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.

hdtv267 on October 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I yanked a photo from the Castro’s Facebook page. Shows the 13 reels of film for the Lawrence of Arabia screening that took place at the Castro a while back.

Stick your soulless multiplexes in North Jersey that certain board members obsess over, and post nonsensical self-servng drivel.

This is true motion picture entertainment at this amazing venue and deserves so much more respect on this board than it’s been getting.

Long Live the Castro Theatre.

robboehm on October 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

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 on October 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm

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.

hdtv267 on October 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

They are lined up down Castro Street today for a screening of “The Godfather”. Such an amazing place to see a movie like this. That is presented digitally, however the ‘nightcap’ of “Serpico” is being shown on film.

I’ve yoinked the picture from Castro’s Facebook page, again to show what an amazing place it is.

stevenj on November 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

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 on November 9, 2015 at 1:50 am

Thank you very much Steven, those are great photos!!

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