Red Vic Movie House

1727 Haight Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117

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sfinthe80s on August 18, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Never a comfortable or luxurious theater (four walls and a couch), it provided a community friendly place for like-minded individuals to view works other theaters would not screen. I lived in the Haight (Upper and Lower) for a good 5 years and loved the fact that I could walk to a theater to see an interesting film. Good luck doing that today, no matter where you live.

After the Haight Theater closed in the late 70’s (long before my arrival, and demolished in the early 80’s) where it sat empty for a good 10 years before St. Vincent De Paul build a structure there, the Red Vic (at its original location, where the Red Vic B&B is located today), it was the only theater in the immediate area of The Haight, the amazing Castro being the next nearest.

cmbussmann on February 6, 2013 at 7:14 am

The Red Vic is across the street from where my sister lives and sadly it looks like it’s been closed for years. A lot of homeless people sleep in the doorways and garbage has piled up. The building has seen some vandalizing too, which is sad. I really hoped someone would snap this place up and re-open it. Maybe modify it a bit to do more food and stuff. It was a nice place and easily return. Hope someone figures it out soon before too much damage is done.

volcomsuperhero on February 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Bring back the Red Vic!

CSWalczak on October 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

According to a redevelopment proposal, the theater may get a partial return to theatrical use in addition to the entreprenurial “incubator” use: View article

CSWalczak on October 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

According to the publication SFist, there is a proposal to turn the former Red Vic into “a food-centric incubator space where budding entrepreneurs and retailers can get their sea legs before moving on to their own commercial kitchens or storefronts”. Story here:

JenniferV on June 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

The Red Vic has plans to close with a final screening of Harold and Maude on July 25. If you are in the area, try to get to the theater this month or next for one last time!

scottfavareille on March 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

KTVU-2 news last night ran an article about the attendence at the Castro theater suffering due to the decline of available “revival film product”. They mentioned that the Red Vic has been struggling as well and has had to cut back in printing film schedules.

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

JenniferV on July 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm

The Red Vic Movie House celebrates 29 glorious eclectic independent years this year!

Ian on March 18, 2007 at 9:49 am

Exterior photo here:–

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gsmurph on September 8, 2005 at 11:01 am

The Red Victorian opened July 14, 1980 at 1659 Haight Street (its original address prior to its move to the one listed above). The opening feature was “Casablanca.”

gsmurph on December 12, 2004 at 9:29 am

The Red Vic seats 143 people.