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!

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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.

terrywade on June 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Check out my new photos up today June 4 2019 of the large steel beams going up on the brand new Cineworld Regal UA Stonestown 12 Theatres in San Francisco CA going in next to the old Twin Stonestown do to open Feb 2020. The tired split down the middle old twin will be torn down early 2020. Plenty of free parking for this new luxury cinema. Lets hope Regal has a few of their new large curved RPX screens in the new place and a 4D auditorium plus Dolby AtmosĀ® or the new Barco sound system. Please no tiny screens and seats! I will continue to post construction photos till they open in 2020.

davidcoppock on June 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm

Reopened(as a twin) on 21/12/1973 on screen 1 with The seven ups" and screen 2 on 25/12/1973 with “Ash wednesday”.

terrywade on September 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

We put up some new photos today Sept 2 2020 of the new Regal Stonestown Cinema with the new signs outside the building. Do to open up soon. First new movie theatre built in San Francisco in many years. A first with Screen X and the nice Regal RPX curved screen. Welcome back Regal Theatres to San Francisco! This new theatre will replace the old UA Stonestown Twin behind It. That will be town down soon and used for more parking or housing.

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