Empire Cinema

85 West Portal Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94127

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Empire Theatre, San Francisco

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Contributed by William Gabel

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.

hdtv267 on December 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Finally made it out here for a showing back in November of 2011. It was a Sunday and I shelled out the dough for “Puss N Boots in 3D”. Wow, I need to agree with the above poster that the triplexing is a travesty.

One of the more bizarre set ups of a theatre I had been in. I was concerned how the 3D would work with this odd seating configuration, but it was fine. Bit of sticker shock too $14 for a 3D movie on Sunday night.

Going to this theatre was something to knock off my to-do list. I did it and was glad to get it out of my system.

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

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

OCRon on December 11, 2014 at 10:26 pm

CinéArts At The Empire is operated by Cinemark.


hdtv267 on December 12, 2014 at 3:32 am

Actually Cinemark is operated by Century and that is just a ‘brand’ as is “Cine Arts”. They also have ‘Rave’ & ‘ Tinseltown’

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

Actually, Century is operated by Cinemark.

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