Northpoint Theatre

2290 Powell Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

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mattyj2001
mattyj2001 on August 31, 2014 at 5:36 am

I just watched a fairly entertaining movie from 1979 named “Time After Time” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080025/). The trivia at IMDB claims that the movie scene within the movie was filmed at the Northpoint (they allude to the Zodiac Killer’s “Exorcist” letter), but hilariously enough, as the characters walk out of the theater there is a weird vertical marquee that clearly shows them walking out of Ghirardelli Square (the marquee also says that The Exorcist IV is playing, perhaps a nod to the Zodiac killer.) It’s easy enough to find the door they walked out of along Beach street in San Francisco. The weird ‘marquee’ sign is gone but it appears as though the mount/bracket for it is still on the building.

The interior shot shows seats that look like they’re covered in some sort of yellow vinyl, which leads me to believe it wasn’t the Northpoint. Were the seats there every covered in yellow vinyl? The very few interior pictures I’ve come across look to be standard red fabric covered seats.

They don’t show the screen in the theater in the movie but the sounds are made up if machine guns and airplanes, clearly a war movie. The film itself was set in November 1979, when Apocalypse Now was playing, which actually might be historically accurate.

mattyj2001
mattyj2001 on August 31, 2014 at 5:27 am

“STAR WARS was only available [initially] to theatres who had 70 and or Dolby Stereo.” (Twistr54, Jun 20)


It is a myth that the initial release of the original “Star Wars” was made available only to Dolby-equipped theaters. The history of this movie’s release has really been screwed up by the faulty memories of people and the false claims made by authors of books and magazine articles on the subject. (Coate, Aug. 31, 2005)


Just wanted to clarify this old comment since I have some very reliable sources that clarified it for me.

The initial 70mm release of Star Wars was only available with Dolby, but that’s not the only format it was initially released in. If you wanted a 70mm print on release day, you had to have a Dolby equipped theater. My sources are sketchy on how long it took for non Dolby prints to be released, but most of them thing it was 2-3 months after the initial release. There was just too much demand to not print 70mm reels without Dolby.

Dougan66
Dougan66 on August 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I can still remember the night my dad coming home all wide-eyed and scared after a showing ALIEN. (I was 8 years old at the time, and was pissed because he wouldn’t take me with him to see that.) He very eradically told me the tale of little spider-creatures jumping on the faces of Space Miners, monsters bursting from thier chests, and the horrorific things that transpired after… freaked me out enough that I wouldn’t see that film until 3 years after it came out. LoL!

Unfortunatley, I only attended The Northpoint once when Empire Strikes Back was in it’s 2nd week. No trailers were shown at that preformance. I remember the 70mm auditorium being huge, and the 6-track Dolby was even more intense. I remember walking out of there one angry 9 year old, as I wouldn’t learn the fates of Han Solo and the rest of the gang for another 3 years.

If anyone has links to pictures of The Northpoints auditorioum, I’d appreaciate a look see.

plinfesty
plinfesty on June 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

(continued) while I recall the Northpoint’s was black. The Wilmington theatre has been vacant for 32 years, so it’s remarkable the drapes look to be uin good shape.

plinfesty
plinfesty on June 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

“The real Northpoint did not have side wall curtains extending from the screen to the entrance.”

Oh, yes it did. At least during the 70’s. Bright gold curtains.

I’m convinced this is the same exact theatre design ABC used for their Cinemart theatre in Wilmington. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oegNyQ4ZKbE&feature=relmfu) The exterior is somewhat different, and yet the lobby features the same narrow tall windows, snack bar, chandeliers, hallway lwading to booth above snack bar, auditorium entrance doors, two sets of exit doors, front and back, same type of air conditioning vents, gold curtains throughout, etc. (although it seems to have a white suspended ceiling

ajtarantex
ajtarantex on January 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I was the District Manager for this Theatre from 1989 thru 1992, I also Managed the St Francis and the Northpoint from Dec 1985 to April of 87. Then I left and went Mann theatres to open Fashion Island 6 in San Mateo ,returned to Cineplex as District Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area, Running the Northpoint was a piece of cake It rarely was busy and when it was you always had 2 hours after each show to relax, The only problem was the Parking Garage was a pain in the ass with giving out tokens for the parking. It was a Union house and I had the BEST of I A T S E projectionist at the Northpoint! also had the best at the Coronet when I was there. Good Old Henry Meyers always took care of me from when I was trained BY Al Levin, He was the Best in Theatre Management,Anyone who could work with him learned the business and its peoples very well.

trainmaster
trainmaster on February 15, 2011 at 5:39 am

Here are some interior shows of the Northpoint.

The pictures are of “fair” quality, except for the audiitorium interior, which was poor.

These were taken after the theater was closed in 1997 and before the interior was gutted for retail use.

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/2924.html

Trainmaster

Coate
Coate on February 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

<<< “I took a very close look at the ‘Zodiac’ movie last night. The Northpoint appears at approximately 1-hour and 35 minutes into the film. The exterior is definately the Northpoint. However, the Marquee was reconstructed with errors. For one thing, as you look at the two photos on this site [snip] You will notice that the Marquee in the photos faced both Powell and Bay Streets. In addition, there was no large black band with ‘Northpoint’ at the top and another black band at the bottom with ‘Theater.’ ” >>>

Another error the “Zodiac” filmmakers made in recreating the Northpoint was they spelled it “Theater” on the marquee whereas photographic evidence indicates it was spelled “Theatre.” And an even bigger error was why they even featured the Northpoint when, as I pointed out a few comments up, that “Dirty Harry,” the film featured in “Zodiac,” did not even play at that theater!

<<< *“As far as the interior is concerned, it was gutted when the theater closed. The real Northpoint did not have side wall curtains extending from the screen to the entrance. Another single-screen operating theater, probably in the L.A. area, was substituted for the audience shots.” * >>>

The interiors were shot at the National.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 15, 2011 at 12:38 am

I remember see “Silverado” and “Lawrence of Arabia” here in the 1980’s. The theater had a tremendous sound system.

trainmaster
trainmaster on February 15, 2011 at 12:12 am

In reference to the questions raised about the shooting of “ZODIAC” at the Northpoint by T.J. and JBryan:

I took a very close look at the “Zodiac” movie last night. The Northpoint appears at approximately 1-hour and 35 minutes into the film.

The exterior is definately the Northpoint. However, the Marquee was reconstructed with errors. For one thing, as you look at the two photos on this site:

http://www.pacbus.org/images/ken4.jpg

View link

You will notice that the Marquee in the photos faced both Powell and Bay Streets. In addition, there was no large black band with “Northpoint” at the top and another black band at the bottom with “Theater.” The entire name was at the top.

You will notice in the early photo, before the theater had its grand opening, the glass was tinted so no one could see into the lobby from the outside. In the Fincher film, this part is overlooked, and the lights used in his film were not the ones in the real Northpoint.

As far as the interior is concerned, it was gutted when the theater closed. The real Northpoint did not have side wall curtains extending from the screen to the entrance. Another single-screen operating theater, probably in the L.A. area, was substituted for the audience shots.

Trainmaster

DavidCNelson
DavidCNelson on August 9, 2010 at 12:58 am

I was an Assistant Manager there for a short time in November 1978 till May 1979. It was a great theater but Superman the Movie was there for pretty much my whole run.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

The Northpoint was built by ABC Theatres of California and was designed by ABC-Paramount’s consulting architect of the 1960s and 1970s, Henry George Greene.

Coate
Coate on September 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Recently saw ZODIAC which featured a few scenes at what I believe was the Northpoint theatre (interior and exterior). Is this the same? Did the film makers shoot on site, or did they use a theatre-double? -- posted by jbryan on Mar 4, 2007

The outside of the Northpoint in Zodiac is close to what it looks like today and not back in 1971 when Dirty Harry came out. -- posted by ppr on Mar 8, 2007 at 3:43pm

Seeing the Northpoint Theatre, San Francisco, prominently featured in ZODIAC recently brought back lots of happy memories for me. -- posted by WayneBeau on Mar 10, 2007 at 3:52pm

One problem: “Dirty Harry” did not play at NORTHPOINT!

I believe the “Zodiac” filmmakers confused NORTHPOINT with the LOEW’S on Market Street. (“Dirty Harry” world premiered at LOEW’S on 12/21/1971, and then opened citywide the following day there as well as at CINEMA 21 and MISSION DRIVE-IN.)

Coate
Coate on September 17, 2008 at 10:40 am

THE NORTHPOINT, 1967-1997

What follows is a filmography of the bookings for San Francisco’s Northpoint Theatre from its grand opening in 1967 through its 1997 closure. Not included are test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, premieres and other private events. The dates represent the first day of commercial release. The duration of the engagements has been provided, and, where known, the presentation format has also been provided. (No format notation implies a standard 35mm/monaural sound presentation.)

Northpoint Theatre
2290 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Ownership:
ABC Theatres of California, 1967-1974
Plitt Theatres, 1974-1987
Plitt Theatres & Cineplex Odeon, 1987-1988
Cineplex Odeon, 1988-1997

RE = Re-Issue/Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of an engagement from another theatre)

06.28.1967 … THE DIRTY DOZEN (9 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08.31.1967 … POINT BLANK (6 weeks)
10.11.1967 … REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (9 weeks)
12.15.1967 … THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE (MO, 3 weeks)

01.03.1968 … THE BIGGEST BUNDLE OF THEM ALL (2 weeks)
01.17.1968 … WAIT UNTIL DARK (MO, 7 weeks)
03.06.1968 … THE POWER / THE VISIT (2 weeks)
03.20.1968 … A MATTER OF INNOCENCE (2 weeks)
04.03.1968 … SWEET NOVEMBER (3 weeks)
04.24.1968 … DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE TRAVELING SALESLADY? (1 week)
05.01.1968 … UP THE JUNCTION (2 weeks)
05.15.1968 … TREASURE OF SAN GENNARO (2 weeks)
05.29.1968 … A DANDY IN ASPIC (4 weeks)
06.27.1968 … PETULIA (8 weeks)
08.21.1968 … WITH SIX YOU GET EGGROLL (3 weeks)
09.11.1968 … RACHEL, RACHEL (10 weeks)
11.20.1968 … GONE WITH THE WIND (RE/MO, 5 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
12.25.1968 … THE STALKING MOON (4 weeks)

01.22.1969 … BUONA SERA, MRS. CAMPBELL (2 weeks)
02.07.1969 … JOANNA (4 weeks)
03.05.1969 … HELL IN THE PACIFIC (5 weeks)
04.09.1969 … HANNIBAL BROOKS (2 weeks)
04.23.1969 … BLOW-UP / THE LOVED ONE (RE, 2 weeks)
05.07.1969 … WHERE IT’S AT (2 weeks)
05.21.1969 … A FINE PAIR (2 weeks)
06.04.1969 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
06.11.1969 … THE MAD ROOM (1 week)
06.18.1969 … THE GREAT ESCAPE / THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (RE, 1 week)
06.25.1969 … THE GREAT BANK ROBBERY (3 weeks)
07.16.1969 … MIDNIGHT COWBOY (22 weeks)
12.17.1969 … JOHN AND MARY (9 weeks)

02.18.1970 … GAILY, GAILY (2 weeks)
03.04.1970 … THE APRIL FOOLS / ME, NATALIE (1 week)
03.11.1970 … A NICE GIRL LIKE ME / PRETTY POISON (1 week)
03.19.1970 … THE BOYS IN THE BAND (9 weeks)
05.20.1970 … SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY CAME (5 weeks)
06.24.1970 … THE HAWAIIANS (3 weeks)
07.15.1970 … PATTON (MO, 6 weeks)
08.26.1970 … HELLO-GOODBYE (1 week)
09.02.1970 … MOVE (6 weeks)
10.16.1970 … DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE (10 weeks)
12.25.1970 … I LOVE MY…WIFE (2 weeks)

01.06.1971 … I LOVE MY…WIFE / ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS (5 weeks)
02.10.1971 … LITTLE BIG MAN (15 weeks)
05.28.1971 … RED SKY AT MORNING (3 weeks)
06.18.1971 … WOODSTOCK (RE, 2 weeks, Stereo)
06.30.1971 … KLUTE (6 weeks)
08.13.1971 … THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (4 weeks)
09.10.1971 … BANANAS / YELLOW SUBMARINE (RE, 1 week)
09.17.1971 … PATTON / MAS*H (RE, 1 week)
09.24.1971 … THE GREAT WHITE HOPE / JOHN AND MARY (RE, 1 week)
09.29.1971 … THE TOUCH (1 week)
10.06.1971 … THE TOUCH / THE STATUE (3 weeks)
10.27.1971 … T.R.BASKIN (1 week)
11.03.1971 … T.R.BASKIN / A NEW LEAF (3 weeks)
11.24.1971 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
12.01.1971 … GONE WITH THE WIND (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
12.08.1971 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
12.15.1971 … RYAN’S DAUGHTER (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
12.22.1971 … STRAW DOGS (8 weeks)

02.16.1972 … CABARET (19 weeks)
06.28.1972 … PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT (6 weeks)
08.09.1972 … THE NEW CENTURIONS (10 weeks)
10.20.1972 … BAD COMPANY (1 week)
10.27.1972 … BAD COMPANY / FRIENDS (1 week)
11.03.1972 … YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER (2 weeks)
11.17.1972 … LIMBO (1 week)
11.22.1972 … CABARET / THE BOY FRIEND (RE, 1 week)
11.29.1972 … CABARET / THE STERILE CUCKOO (RE, 1 week)
12.06.1972 … THE MEPHISTO WALTZ (1 week)
12.13.1972 … THE MEPHISTO WALTZ / THE OTHER (1 week)
12.21.1972 … 1776 (4 weeks)

01.17.1973 … LADY SINGS THE BLUES / PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (RE, 1 week)
01.26.1973 … THEIR GENTLE SEX (2 weeks)
02.07.1973 … DELIVERANCE (MO, 4 weeks)
03.09.1973 … LOST HORIZON (14 weeks)
06.13.1973 … LOST HORIZON / ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS (1 week)
06.20.1973 … LOST HORIZON / LOVE STORY (3 weeks)
07.11.1973 … EMPEROR OF THE NORTH (3 weeks)
08.01.1973 … EMPEROR OF THE NORTH / THE HOT ROCK (3 weeks)
08.22.1973 … LADY ICE (1 week)
08.29.1973 … NIGHT WATCH (1 week)
09.07.1973 … NIGHT WATCH / Z (1 week)
09.12.1973 … LITTLE BIG MAN / A MAN CALLED HORSE (RE, 1 week)
09.21.1973 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (MO, 2 weeks, Stereo)
10.05.1973 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR / PETE ‘N’ TILLIE (2 weeks, Stereo)
10.19.1973 … HAROLD AND MAUDE / FRIENDS (RE, 1 week)
10.24.1973 … THE WAY WE WERE (9 weeks)
12.26.1973 … THE EXORCIST (26 weeks)

06.26.1974 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! (14 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10.02.1974 … LADIES & GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES (4 weeks, Quadraphonic Sound)
11.01.1974 … THE SAVAGE IS LOOSE (2 weeks)
11.15.1974 … EARTHQUAKE (23 weeks, Sensurround)

04.25.1975 … TOMMY (10 weeks, Quintaphonic Sound)
07.02.1975 … NASHVILLE (14 weeks, Stereo)
10.08.1975 … 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR (11 weeks)
12.25.1975 … BARRY LYNDON (15 weeks)

04.09.1976 … ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (10 weeks)
06.18.1976 … MIDWAY (11 weeks, Sensurround)
09.03.1976 … GONE WITH THE WIND (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
09.10.1976 … JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (RE, 3 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10.01.1976 … CAMELOT (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
10.13.1976 … MARATHON MAN (10 weeks)
12.25.1976 … A STAR IS BORN (13 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

03.25.1977 … SLAP SHOT (9 weeks)
05.27.1977 … FANTASTIC ANIMATION FESTIVAL (3 weeks)
06.17.1977 … EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (5 weeks)
07.20.1977 … THE GRATEFUL DEAD (2 weeks, Stereo)
08.05.1977 … MacARTHUR (11 weeks)
10.21.1977 … DAMNATION ALLEY (9 weeks, Sound 360)
12.21.1977 … THE GOODBYE GIRL (16 weeks)

04.12.1978 … AN UNMARRIED WOMAN (7 weeks)
06.02.1978 … CAPRICORN ONE (7 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
07.21.1978 … SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.06.1978 … BLOODBROTHERS (2 weeks)
10.18.1978 … CAMELOT (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
10.26.1978 … DERSU UZALA (1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
11.03.1978 … THE WIZ (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.15.1978 … SUPERMAN (23 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

05.25.1979 … ALIEN (17 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.21.1979 … APOCALYPSE NOW (12 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.14.1979 … 1941 (9 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)

02.13.1980 … THE BLACK STALLION (14 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.21.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (28 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.05.1980 … FLASH GORDON (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02.13.1981 … THE COMPETITION (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.20.1981 … DIVINE MADNESS (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
03.27.1981 … SLEEPING BEAUTY (RE, 3 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
04.17.1981 … LION OF THE DESERT (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.22.1981 … THE FOUR SEASONS (5 weeks)
06.26.1981 … THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.24.1981 … EYE OF THE NEEDLE (5 weeks)
08.28.1981 … COMIN' AT YA! (5 weeks, 3-D, Dolby Stereo)
10.02.1981 … THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN (11 weeks)
12.18.1981 … PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (5 weeks)

01.22.1982 … WINDWALKER (2 weeks)
02.05.1982 … APOCALYPSE NOW (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
02.19.1982 … SHOOT THE MOON (7 weeks)
04.09.1982 … FANTASIA (RE, 8 weeks, Stereo)
06.04.1982 … POLTERGEIST (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.23.1982 … THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (9 weeks, Stereo)
09.24.1982 … YES, GEORGIO (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.15.1982 … TRON (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.22.1982 … JINXED (4 weeks)
11.17.1982 … APOCALYPSE NOW (RE, 3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.10.1982 … VICTOR/VICTORIA (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
12.17.1982 … STILL OF THE NIGHT (2 weeks)
12.29.1982 … GANDHI (19 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

05.13.1983 … BLUE THUNDER (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06.24.1983 … YELLOWBEARD (2 weeks)
07.08.1983 … GANDHI (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.15.1983 … TENDER MERCIES (MO, 1 week)
07.22.1983 … CLASS (3 weeks)
08.12.1983 … FLASHDANCE (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.26.1983 … A STAR IS BORN (RE, 4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.23.1983 … FLASHDANCE (MO/RE, 4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.21.1983 … THE RIGHT STUFF (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.09.1983 … CHRISTINE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.28.1983 … THE RIGHT STUFF (RE, 9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

03.02.1984 … AGAINST ALL ODDS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.06.1984 … MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.08.1984 … GHOST BUSTERS (19 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.19.1984 … THE RAZOR’S EDGE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.16.1984 … STOP MAKING SENSE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.14.1984 … STARMAN (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02.08.1985 … FANTASIA (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.01.1985 … THE SURE THING (4 weeks)
03.29.1985 … THE SLUGGER’S WIFE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.12.1985 … THE KILLING FIELDS (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.26.1985 … JUST ONE OF THE GUYS (3 weeks)
05.17.1985 … THE COTTON CLUB (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05.24.1985 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06.07.1985 … PERFECT (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.10.1985 … SILVERADO (5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.16.1985 … YEAR OF THE DRAGON (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.27.1985 … EAST OF EDEN / REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (RE, 1 week)
10.04.1985 … JAGGED EDGE (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.06.1985 … WHITE NIGHTS (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01.31.1986 … YOUNGBLOOD (2 weeks)
02.14.1986 … QUICKSILVER (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.14.1986 … CROSSROADS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.18.1986 … BACK TO THE FUTURE (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05.02.1986 … JO JO DANCER, YOUR LIFE IS CALLING (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.23.1986 … POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.20.1986 … THE KARATE KID PART II (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.15.1986 … ARMED AND DANGEROUS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.05.1986 … FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR / LEGAL EAGLES (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
09.12.1986 … HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (RE, 1 week)
09.19.1986 … WHERE THE RIVER RUNS BLACK (3 weeks)
10.10.1986 … THAT’S LIFE! (3 weeks)
10.31.1986 … RUNNING SCARED (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.07.1986 … TOUGH GUYS (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.21.1986 … 52 PICK-UP (MO, 1 week)
11.26.1986 … NUTCRACKER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.05.1986 … TOP GUN (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
12.19.1986 … MARLENE (2 weeks)
12.30.1986 … PLATOON (19 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

05.15.1987 … ISHTAR (7 weeks)
07.01.1987 … STRAIGHT TO HELL (3 weeks)
07.24.1987 … LA BAMBA (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.28.1987 … THE BIG EASY (6 weeks)
10.09.1987 … SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.20.1987 … SIGN ‘O’ THE TIMES (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.09.1987 … THE LAST EMPEROR (16 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

04.01.1988 … BILOXI BLUES (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.22.1988 … A TIME OF DESTINY (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.06.1988 … SHAKEDOWN (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.27.1988 … CALL ME (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
06.03.1988 … THE LAST EMPEROR (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
06.17.1988 … THE GREAT OUTDOORS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.08.1988 … PHANTASM II (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.20.1988 … MIDNIGHT RUN (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.12.1988 … THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.21.1988 … GORILLAS IN THE MIST (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.04.1988 … THEY LIVE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.18.1988 … THE LAND BEFORE TIME (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.09.1988 … TWINS (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.27.1989 … PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.10.1989 … DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
02.17.1989 … TRUE BELIEVER (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.17.1989 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 17 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
07.12.1989 … WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.15.1989 … SEA OF LOVE (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.22.1989 … BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.05.1990 … BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.09.1990 … BAD INFLUENCE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.30.1990 … OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.11.1990 … TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.27.1990 … THE GUARDIAN (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.18.1990 … BIRD ON A WIRE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.29.1990 … GHOST DAD (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.13.1990 … GHOST DAD / JETSONS: THE MOVIE (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
07.20.1990 … PRETTY WOMAN (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
07.27.1990 … PROBLEM CHILD (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.24.1990 … DARKMAN (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.14.1990 … POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.26.1990 … SIBLING RIVALRY (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.23.1990 … WHITE PALACE (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.30.1990 … MARKED FOR DEATH (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
12.07.1990 … MEMPHIS BELLE (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.20.1990 … AWAKENINGS (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02.08.1991 … SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (11 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.26.1991 … A KISS BEFORE DYING (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.17.1991 … MANNEQUIN TWO: ON THE MOVE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.31.1991 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
06.07.1991 … CITY SLICKERS (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.02.1991 … RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.16.1991 … CITY SLICKERS (RE, 5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.20.1991 … ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.11.1991 … THE TAKING OF BEVERLY HILLS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.25.1991 … BARTON FINK (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.01.1991 … YEAR OF THE GUN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.15.1991 … SHATTERED (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.22.1991 … FRANKIE & JOHNNY (MO, 5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.25.1991 … THE PRINCE OF TIDES (17 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

04.24.1992 … YEAR OF THE COMET (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.08.1992 … CASABLANCA (RE/MO, 2 weeks)
05.22.1992 … FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.12.1992 … HOUSESITTER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.01.1992 … A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.28.1992 … HONEYMOON IN VEGAS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.23.1992 … MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.23.1992 … SNEAKERS (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.13.1992 … BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.15.1993 … BODY OF EVIDENCE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.05.1993 … LORENZO’S OIL (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
02.12.1993 … GROUNDHOG DAY (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.16.1993 … THE CRYING GAME (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.07.1993 … DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.18.1993 … LAST ACTION HERO (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.09.1993 … IN THE LINE OF FIRE (11 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.24.1993 … THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.24.1993 … JOSH AND S.A.M. (1 week, Dolby Stereo)
12.03.1993 … JOSH AND S.A.M. / MALICE (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
12.10.1993 … GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND (5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01.14.1994 … IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (10 weeks, DTS Stereo)
03.25.1994 … SCHINDLER’S LIST (MO, 5 weeks, DTS Stereo)
04.29.1994 … FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.17.1994 … WOLF (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.19.1994 … BLANKMAN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.02.1994 … FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (RE, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
09.09.1994 … A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.23.1994 … THE CLIENT (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
09.30.1994 … CORRINA, CORRINA (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
10.07.1994 … THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.04.1994 … THE WAR (6 weeks, DTS Stereo)
12.16.1994 … STARGATE (MO, 1 week, DTS Stereo)
12.25.1994 … READY TO WEAR (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02.03.1995 … BEFORE SUNRISE (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.24.1995 … THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.17.1995 … MURIEL’S WEDDING (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.26.1995 … DON JUAN DE MARCO (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
06.02.1995 … THE GLASS SHIELD (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.16.1995 … MY FAMILY, MI FAMILIA (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.30.1995 … APOLLO 13 (8 weeks, DTS Stereo)
08.25.1995 … WATERWORLD (MO, 2 weeks, DTS Stereo)
09.08.1995 … TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! JULIE NEWMAR (4 weeks, DTS Stereo)
10.06.1995 … HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT (6 weeks, DTS Stereo)
11.17.1995 … THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT (12 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

02.09.1996 … BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.29.1996 … FARGO (11 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.14.1996 … THE CABLE GUY (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.19.1996 … THE FRIGHTENERS (4 weeks, DTS Stereo)
08.16.1996 … ERASER (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
08.23.1996 … SOLO (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.06.1996 … THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
09.13.1996 … THE TRIGGER EFFECT (MO, weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.27.1996 … LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
10.04.1996 … TOMMY / THE DOORS (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo/70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.11.1996 … APOCALYPSE NOW (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.18.1996 … THE WILD BUNCH (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Stereo)
10.25.1996 … MY FAIR LADY (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.01.1996 … THE LAST EMPEROR (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.08.1996 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 1 week, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
11.15.1996 … BOUND (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
11.22.1996 … THE ENGLISH PATIENT (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.10.1997 … THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.14.1997 … TOUCH (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.28.1997 … THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (RE, 3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.21.1997 … LIAR LIAR (9 weeks, DTS Stereo)
05.23.1997 … THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (9 weeks, DTS)
07.21.1997 … theater closed

Compiled by Michael Coate

The information contained in this article was referenced from microfilm of Variety and the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

Aparofan
Aparofan on May 22, 2008 at 9:15 am

Here are some ticket stubs from Superman that were stapled inside a book I bought a few years ago. Most are from the Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park, KS but one is from the Northpoint.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Here’s a photo of the Northpoint early in its history, from the Pacific Bus Museum website (naturally there’s a bus in the foreground.) The movie featured on the theatre’s marquee, “Up the Junction”, was a British film released in the U.S. on March 13, 1968.

tarantex
tarantex on March 15, 2007 at 5:02 pm

I wanted to say its not the same without this theatre, I was the Manager in 1978 thru 1981 when Plitt owned it and Managed the St Francis Twin also. At the time the Northpoint was a dog no bookings so saving salaries they had me run both Theatres, Prior to that I was at the Coronet with Al Levin from 1968 to 1978 I was the trouble
shooter for United Artits,I was lucky to manage the Single Screen Millbrae after they remoldeled it and I was the first Manager to run a mulitplex theatre the Tanforan Four Plex. I was lucky to join the now defunk Cineplex Odeon Chain and came back to the Northpoint in 1989. for some packed runs Last temptation and Lawerence of Araibia
George Lucas and Steven Speilberg were at the Northpoint doing sound
tests films previews. all the time , I have to say cineplex was a great company in they spent money keeping there Theatres in great repair, I was there in the renovation of the Plaza twin in daly City
what a great theatre, when the new cineplex made it over with marble on the floors nice seating carpets and purple interiors, the signage alone was 100,000 Now all of that Grand Movie Theatres are Gone . It sadding to see the Coronet closed Northpoint closed, I remember I use to go to the Alexandria and go upstairs to this room where they
had a lady named Clair answering ALL of the phones for The San francisco, UA theatres. i use to help her when the Metro, Coronet, Coliseum, Vogue, Stonestown,Alexandria All had hit first run movies
going on her phone lines would be lite up all night and day, she used a punch and pull system from the early nineteen thirties where u plug in the point to access the call.. those were the days no phones in theatres to answer no recordings just a live Operator with showtimes for those theatres… Memories..I truely miss..John Tarantino

waynebeau
waynebeau on March 10, 2007 at 5:52 pm

Seeing the Northpoint Theatre, San Francisco, prominently featured in ZODIAC recently brought back lots of happy memories for me. [i’m convinced that the exteriors of the theatre shown are the real thing and that the theatre interiors were filmed at the National in Westwood (LA), California.]

I saw the first real sneak preview of CABARET (1/15/72) at the Northpoint and was amused that several in the capacity audience attended in costume. The response was wildly enthusiastic and the final version of CABARET, except for the dubbing of one word, was almost identical to that shown at the sneak. Later, I saw the second sneaked version of THE WAY WE WERE (7/6/73) there. It was not the longer version that also sneaked at the Northpoint several days earlier but it was slightly different from the distributed version. (As far as I know, unfortunately, the material cut from the first sneak has never resurfaced but I’d still love to see it!) The sneak I was fortunate enough to see was extremely well received and convinced Columbia, the distributor, that they had a hit worth special handling.
Further, I attended the first (or certainly one of the first) public presentations of STAR WARS there one Sunday morning (probably May 1, 1977) and, along with everybody else in the packed house, was blown away. People who worked in the film industry were not supposed to be there so a friend sneaked me in through the projection booth!
On the other hand, I also attended the trade screening of EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (6/16/77) there. Audience participation/commotion was the wildest I’ve seen at a screening before or since. People were yelling at the actors and some threw popcorn boxes at the screen.

While I understand that changing release patterns and economics prevent the Northpoint and most other similar single screen theatres from continuing to operate, it still makes me sad that they are gone. I’m glad I was around to enjoy them at their peak.

pad61
pad61 on March 8, 2007 at 5:43 pm

The outside of the Northpoint in Zodiac is close to what it looks like today and not back in 1971 when Dirty Harry came out.There was some digital work done and the interior was totally wrong, the lobby and the screen were all on one floor.The second level had stairs that lead to the projection booth,offices etc.The theater now is a Japanese anime studio and totally remodeled back in 2005.I worked at the Northpoint from 1979 to 1985, many great memories.I filmed a student film there in 1982 and have what the theater actually looked like via film and photos.

Hibi
Hibi on March 5, 2007 at 8:20 am

Thanks. I wondered. The outside was definitely the Northpoint.

William
William on March 5, 2007 at 7:29 am

Someone posted saying it was the Mann’s National Theatre in Westwood area of Los Angeles. That they used for the interior shots of the auditorium.

Hibi
Hibi on March 5, 2007 at 6:47 am

I saw the theater in Zodiac also. I was wondering if the interior was actually the Northpoint or another theater. Can anyone tell?

jbryan67
jbryan67 on March 4, 2007 at 8:36 am

Recently saw ZODIAC which featured a few scenes at what I believe was the Northpoint theatre (interior and exterior). Is this the same? Did the film makers shoot on site, or did they use a theatre-double? Any of you folks know if any of these great “cinerama” style theatres are still showing films? Northpark in Dallas closed in the late 1990s, and I recently saw a few films at Seattle’s Cinerama.

butters
butters on September 30, 2006 at 3:03 pm

I loved watching the blockbusters at this theater, since I worked 2 blocks away. It was also my first experience with Dolby. I had no idea what it was when I went to see Apocalypse Now. I sat on the far left side, and when the copters came in blazing in the first attack scene, my left ear was ringing for 10 minutes from the unexpected sound source!!!