AMC 1000 Van Ness

1000 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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AMC 1000 Van Ness

This stadium-styled multiplex is perhaps best-distinguished by the use of a particularly ornate showroom of a former auto dealership as its grand lobby (though the cinemas themselves are new construction annexed to the older building). The AMC 1000 Van Ness multiplex opened on July 10, 1998, with seating listed at 3,146. It was closed on February 7, 2019.

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rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

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Scott Neff on February 7, 2019 at 10:18 am

Tonight is reportedly the last night for this theatre. Unless the landlord wants to develop into condos or something, I can’t imagine it will be closed for long. Another operator will come in and recliner it, make it luxury etc. -probably fewer screens too.

GaryMeyer on February 8, 2019 at 12:14 am

About the closing that made the media only hours before the closing.

I have it on good authority that a foreign-based company new to San Francisco will be taking over and making major changes—-expect food and beverage, luxury seating and 4D. The place has been an unappealing location to see movies for many years so closing for big upgrades in a good thing and they can relaunch as if a new theater..

When AMC sold the Kabuki to Sundance it was because of the Justice Department insisting that they had too much control in SF and had to divest of screens. With a long-term lease on Van Ness and it having more screens, the Kabuki was the logical one to let go. But after Sundance made it a huge success, AMC now bought it again and once again faced the restraint of trade issues and had to divest again. Van Ness makes the most sense.

terrywade on February 8, 2019 at 7:01 pm

Thanks Gary for the news. 4D will do well in SF since the other two big chains in SF did not bother getting in sooner. Lets hope the new lease owners put a marquee up in the front of the building so you even know it is showing movies inside. The new guys also need to put in a giant curved screen with the best sound in SF,even better then Dolby Atmos®. AMC was pulling equipment out the last few months like their surround speakers and just left a few on the side walls. Lets see if the MAYA chain moves into the old AMC spot and does the remodel work AMC did not do. The area had many cinemas over the years and is on a very busy street in SF. At last some competition for Cinemark/Century and AMC. Regal Theatres will soon open a brand new spot in the Stonestown shopping area in SF at the old Macy’s location to replace their twin a few feet away.

terrywade on February 9, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Looks like It may be the Mexican Theatre group CINEPOLIS that may be moving into the AMC 14 Van Ness spot in SF. They love 4DX and will be the fist for SF. Many new theatre companies are coming in California for the fist time like Showcase Icon with two brand new openings a few months ago in Mountain View CA and a location near San Jose CA in Century Theatre land. Cinepolis is opening a new movie theatre in San Mateo CA near the Hillsdale Center.

terrywade on February 12, 2019 at 1:19 am

If the Cineworld Group (Regal) takes on the remodel of the AMC 14 Van Ness in SF maybe we will have under one roof a Dolby Cinema®, Screen X and a 4DX. It will be a big comeback to Regal Theatres under their new owners Cineworld. Regal at one time was a huge operator in the San Francisco area. With the new Regal Theatre going into the old Macy’s spot in the Stonestown area of SF they will have two new movie spots in SF If they take on the AMC Van Ness 14 location.

moviebuff82 on February 12, 2019 at 8:02 am

What about Bow Tie Cinemas or perhaps National Amusements or even Cinemark?

terrywade on February 13, 2019 at 6:12 am

Cinemark Theatres under their Century Theatre brand has way too many cinemas in the SF Bay Area same with AMC. It’s time for a new cinema company to move into S.F. Bow Tie & National are mainly on the East Coast. Many new theatre operators are ready to take over old cineama’s or build new ones in California like Cineapolis opening this June in the Hillsdale area of San Mateo CA along with Maya, Showcase Icon and the new Cineworld Regal Theatre brand. Bring on the huge X curved screens along with 4DX, Screen X & Dolby Atmos® We are ready in San Francisco for the new guys to bring us some new movie going treats that are missing at Century.
The old AMC 14 at least had Dolby Atmos® in one of their small spaces. Whoever takes on the remodel upgrade job at the AMC SF 14 may add more new type sound systems as there are other new sound companies available besides Dolby® these days like Barco . One bad thing the seating will be way reduced when they put in recliners. I am not a fan of these way too big sleeper seats. I’d put in some new nice hi back deluxe seats and just put in the recliners in the largest auditoriums.

robboehm on February 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Recliners should be in the home, not a theater.

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