Stonestown Twin

501 Buckingham Way,
San Francisco, CA 94132

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Stonestown Twin

Located in the Stonestown Shopping Mall, this originally was a single screen, opening on November 10, 1970 with Barbra Streisand in “The Owl and the Pussycat”. It was twinned on December 25, 1973, by simply placing a giant wall down the center of it. They never re-positioned the seats, so some of them face the wall!

Contributed by Eric

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terrywade on August 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Eric******Thanks for the info on the Vogue. Iam glad it is still open. The UA/Regal Stonestown will take to much $$ to fix up, Regal won’t spend the money. They are almost out of San Francisco.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Contradicting claims above (and at CinemaTour and other web sites) that the U.A. Stonestown opened in 1971, Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of November 23, 1970, announced that United Artists had recently opened its Stonestown Cinema with the inaugural attraction “The Owl and the Pussycat.”

Also, in the earliest references it’s always called the UA Stonestown Cinema, not UA Stonestown Theater. Starting in 1974 it is called the UA Stonestown Twin, as it was until recently. For some reason, the Regal Cinemas web site now lists it merely as the Stonestown Twin, and the Fandango page to which Regal links for show times lists it with the oddly redundant name UA Stonestown Twin 2.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Didn’t change the Seats,sounds like a nightmare to watch a movie,Money must have been the reason.

Giles on June 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

and apparently it’s changing over from 35mm to digital projection next week – what an odd looking theater.

CSWalczak on June 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Not really; it is very similar to a number of pavilion-like buildings like banks, some college campus buildings, and other theaters built in that late 1960s-1970s period. It reminds me of some of the architecture at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65. Its actually a smaller version of a design that UA used for some of its D-150 theaters such as the one in Santa Clara. View link.

I am surprised that this theater has survived; many, if not most twins of this era are either gone or converted to something else. I would have thought that a larger multiplex would have replaced it at Stonestown long before now, and there should have been an opportunity when the mall got that big makeover over a decade ago.There was a failed big box space near the Emporium, whoops, Macy’s end of the mall that might have been a space suited to conversion.

Bud K
Bud K on June 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

June 2014, Last evening I visited the Stonestown Twin and watched the delightful “Chef” I was taken back to to the 70’s for the style of the building and thought wow this what the Famous Cinema150’s looked like in there day and what a treat, the staff was friendly and one of the first thing I noticed the Lobby was Lighted and very clean for a Theater over 40 years old, in walking into the theater, It’s smell was distinctive not offensive you knew you were in a old theater, seats were also showing there age but still comfortable, You also knew immediately this theater was cut in half due to the positions of the seats and screen, But thinking wow would this be a special theater today if it was still one, The sound had a slight Echo very reminisce of these older cinema’s, I enjoyed the Movie it was great but I also enjoyed this theater for it’s good and bad, it is a “gem” I am sure you will not see the army of folks to try to safe once it is decided to close it but for now it is a Cinema Treasure to “Treasure” while it is still here, I encourage you to Give it a Visit…….

SethLewis on September 7, 2015 at 2:54 am

Was taken there with a group to see Trog with Joan Crawford when I was 12/13…a treat to see that it’s still up and running

terrywade on August 10, 2018 at 8:04 pm

SF’S only UA Theatre left now run by Regal will be torn down soon as a new Regal multiplex will be going in across from the Stonestown Cinema in the space Macy’s was.

rivest266 on August 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

This opened on November 10th, 1970. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on August 12, 2018 at 11:21 am

Reopened on December 21st, 1973 and the 2nd screen on December 25th, 1973. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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