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

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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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hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Castro Theatre making the 2013 A-List of “Indie Cinemas” in the Bay Area…

http://sf.cityvoter.com/best/indie-cinema/arts-and-entertainment/bay-area/slideshow?page=1

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

Some very sad news broke today regarding the Mighty Wurlitzer’s future at the Castro theatre.

I wasn’t even aware that the theatre didn’t own it. They do not. So the person who owns it is moving out of the organ and has designs to take with.

But if the money can be raised- the organ can stay- but it’s going to need alot of work.

There’s information about fundraising in the enclosed link below. If someone can make this news a bit more prominent on the site and make sure as many people as possible can see it, that would be great.

A movie at the Castro Theatre without the Mighty Wurlitzer wouldn’t be the same.

http://castrobiscuit.com/2013/03/27/castro-theaters-famous-mighty-wurlitzer-needs-funds-your-help/

Ian
Ian on March 28, 2013 at 4:37 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 :–(

CASTRO EXTERIOR

CASTRO STAGE

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thanks Ian- great photographs- thanks for sharing. I hope that the powers that be here will put something on the main page so more people learn about the plight and also can contribute.

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on March 31, 2013 at 12:52 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: http://www.sfcoda.org to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on our progress. Thanks!

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 3, 2013 at 3:44 am

The Castro Theatre will be home to a stop on TCM’s “Road to Hollywood”. Tickets became available yesterday for the screening of “The Pink Panther” with guest Robert Wagner and hosted by Robert Osbourne on April 16th

Tickets (should any be left) are available at TCM’s website via the “Road to Hollywood” link.

One hopes that having TCM “in the house” will help along the fundraising for the Mighty Wurlitzer.

CStefanic
CStefanic on May 20, 2013 at 7:51 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!

hdtv267
hdtv267 on July 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

August 2013’s calendar is up now. Some great choices, something for everyone, what stands out is at the end of the month a 70mm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

hdtv267
hdtv267 on November 27, 2013 at 2:14 am

The December 2013 calendar is up. Great assortment of titles, Gravity and Dial M for Murder in 3D. Noir City Xmas. The annual Christmas Eve San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus concert. Kinsey Sicks. Other cinematic standouts include Marx Brothers classics on December 30th and “Singin in the Rain” on New Years Eve

Of major note to those in San Francisco or going to be on December the 16th, a benefit concert to raise funds for the restoration of the Mighty Wurlitzer.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on November 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

The Castro was named one of the 10 most beautiful cinemas in the world by the BBC.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131127-the-10-most-beautiful-cinemas

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