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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Ian on March 28, 2013 at 10:37 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 :–(



hdtv267 on March 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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 6:52 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!

hdtv267 on April 3, 2013 at 9:44 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 on May 20, 2013 at 1:51 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!

hdtv267 on July 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

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 on November 27, 2013 at 7:14 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 on November 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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

DavidZornig on February 2, 2015 at 1:07 am

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

hdtv267 on April 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm

The May 2015 calendar is now available for perusal by clicking the link above and then going to “coming soon”

Some of the highlights include another presentation of “Frozen Sing-A-Long”, “Fargo”, “Taxi Driver”, the “Times of Harvey Milk” in conjunction with the 85th anniversary of Harvey’s birth, also on tap the annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the “Drag Queens of Comedy” live event with participants from RuPaul’s Drag Race

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