Red Vic Movie House
1727 Haight Street,
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This eclectic independent theater was founded in 1980 by a group of cinema aficionados inside a red Victorian hotel (hence, its name) on Haight Street and Belvedere Street. At that original site, it became known for using old couches as part of the seating, and for offering mostly homemade snack fare. However, conflicts with the owner forced them to eventually seek a new location.
The Red Vic moved to its current location in 1991, converting a former restaurant into a larger auditorium that now offered video, 16mm and 35mm Dolby capability. Yet it still offered signature couches (newly-made, as the old ones had to be discarded), and organic homemade treats in its snack bar.
Still run by collective members and volunteers, the Red Vic Movie House was one of the foremost venues of independent and offbeat cinema in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was closed on July 25, 2011. In 2018 it is the Bindery, a bookstore and live performance space specialising in poetry.
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