AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8

1881 Post Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8

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This multiplex, built on the tip of the Japan Center and initially intended to play a mix of mainstream and independent/foreign films, has in recent years served as the main venue of the San Francisco International Film Festival. The largest of the theaters was originally designed for live shows; the rest of the cinemas were built around it to become the movie house complex.

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CSWalczak on April 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

When AMC acquired the former Japantown theater and made it a part of an eight-screen multiplex, it also acquired as part of the deal another operation called the Kabuki Hot Springs which was also a part of the original Japantown complex. It was a recreation of a traditional Japanese communal bath with the traditional amenities including the baths, massages, etc. (The exterior appears in the James Bond film “A View to a Kill” though the interior scene was probably filmed at Pinewood).

AMC actually gave it go although the idea of a Kansas City theater chain operating a business of this type was really laughable. The business was popular, and when it began to decline under AMC’s management, it was later sold off. It still exists today as the Kabuki Springs and Spa. There’s discussion of this odd little episode here: View link

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

Photos of the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas can be seen on this page at the web site of ELS Architecture and Urban Design, the Berkeley firm that designed the renovation. D.Jamie Rusin was the principal architect for the project.

Previously, ELS has been involved in several restoration and adaptive reuse projects at historic theaters. The include the conversion of the Portland Theatre, Portland, Oregon, into the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; the expansion and restoration of the California Theatre in San Jose; the restoration of the Fox Theatre in Oakland; and the expansion and restoration of the Grand Theatre at Tracy, California, for the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

sconn on March 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Saw Midnight In Paris and The Dark Knight Rises here. Nice organic snack-bar and doesn’t show previews before the film (halleluah!), but they’re kind of jerks checking for IDs outside your theater AFTER one has purchased an alcoholic beverage there.

stevenj on April 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

The name of this theater has changed to AMC Dine In Kabuki 8.

AMC Dine in

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I want to go visit and see if it’s actually become any more “Dine-In” than it was before as Sundance. I think it’s somewhat misleading to call it a “Dine In Theatre” when it’s not one devoted to full meal service.

stevenj on April 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Haven’t been in the Kabuki since last summer but clicked on the Food and Drinks tab on the above link and a menu appears and a photo of patrons being served at their seats. Unlike the Alamo New Mission though their doesn’t appear to be a table in front of you to eat at so assuming your lap is the table. There is also a menu at that link.

rayman29 on April 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

So AMC had to sell this theatre because of purchasing Loews, then they got it back as a result of purchasing Carmike. Is AMC selling a nearby theatre so they don’t have too much market share? If not, it was silly to make them sell this theatre in the first place.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 28, 2017 at 10:04 am

stevenj – that’s stock footage. All AMC Dine-In theatres show the same picture.

rayman – that’s a good point, but I think it would take somebody filing a lawsuit or bringing the DOJ back into it to make that happen again.

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