CineArts at the Empire

85 West Portal Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94127

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Empire Theatre, San Francisco

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Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

philbertgray on November 30, 2007 at 8:54 am

The theatre is a hideous inside and out. The triplexing is a travesty. They might as well tear it down

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Here is a photo from the opening in 1926:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

The 1970 renovation mentioned by Slevin in a comment above was designed by architect Bernard G. Nobler, according to an item in Boxoffice of March 2, 1970.

darquil on February 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Per my visit today, maximum seating capacity for screens 1, 2, and 3 are 295, 158, and 152, respectively, totaling 605 seats.

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

Kevin Tredway
Kevin Tredway on August 26, 2014 at 8:44 am

This theatre currently goes by ‘CineArts At The Empire’.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Actually, Century is operated by Cinemark.

ColinG on August 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm

I feel the need to come to the defense of The Empire. Yes, it was triplexed at an unfortunate time for such things and it could have been done with a bit more sensitivity. The large auditorium remains a fine place to see a film. The smaller auditoriums are adequate, especially when not busy. Still, it’s a very comfortable, clean, well-run neighborhood theatre. I’ve been seeing films there for almost 50 years and I’m very grateful for a local cinema that retains a bit of character and serves the neighborhood well.

Chris1982 on August 15, 2015 at 11:16 pm

This is listed as the CIN√ČARTS AT THE EMPIRE on Cinemarks Website. Maybe the name in the header should be changed to the same.

stevenj on August 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

As I recall the last time I was in the Empire (one of the upstairs theaters – Bad Education – that’s how long ago it was) the auditorium seating was cramped and the seats not aligned properly with the screen forcing you to look somewhat towards your shoulder to see the screen. The downstairs auditorium is fine. The theater is close to the West Portal Metro station which makes it fairly easy to get to.

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