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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Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

They announced that there was no 35mm print available, but they got permission to show the collectors edition DVD. It was in 1.33:1 and masked properly on the sides, but was slightly out of focus.

PeterApruzzese on November 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

I wonder where they got a DVD of that movie as it’s never officially been released in that format anywhere in the world. Also, it should have been 1.85 widescreen.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

I also was wondering why it was in 1.33, since I know that when it was released to theatres, it was in 1.85. Maybe it was the full-screen edition for television. But they announced from the stage prior to the showing that it was a DVD.

Ian on March 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

A rescued (from an under-exposed negative) photo of the Castro interior taken in March 2000, showing a part of this magnificent theater :–


Ian on March 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

A couple more photos of the Castro in 2000 here including a stage one showing the top of the organ. Sad it might be moved out of such a fitting setting :–(



William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on March 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Major efforts are underway to save the San Francisco Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Please visit our CODA (Castro Organ Devotees Association) 501©(3)’s website at: to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on our progress. Thanks!

CStefanic on May 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

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 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.

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