AMC 1000 Van Ness

1000 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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AMC 1000 Van Ness

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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.

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chnsn63
chnsn63 on April 29, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Unfortunately, San Francisco is limited on the amount of theaters it has, so the AMC 1000 Van Ness usually plays to large crowds at all times. Its a pretty nice theater…but the presentation is not great. For example, on a recent night we went to a 10:40pm showing of a movie which didn’t finally start until 11:15pm—35 minutes after the stated starting time. There were TONS of ads and previews to the point that the audience was visibly annoyed! This will make me think twice about going back next time, but something tells me AMC/Loews couldn’t give a damn.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on December 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm

It seems this building was constructed in 1912. Some nice vintage photos and info here:
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darquil
darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

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

Burtonic
Burtonic on March 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Is this the Cadillac showroom that was the site of a civil rights sit-in in the 1960s?

Eric Evans
Eric Evans on September 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I’ve uploaded a photo taken April 2011 when on holiday from Wales, I thought the entrance may have been a bank in it’s former life until I read the intoductory post. We saw the film Arthur starring Russell Brand. Enjoyed our evening there, sorry the photo is a bit crooked.

stevenj
stevenj on February 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

Burtonic: Yes, the Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Nessas well as several others were picketed along Van Ness Ave’s Auto Row in the early 60’s over hiring policies that excluded African Americans.

hdtv267: What size screen do they use for IMAX at this theater? The Metreon has a gigantic screen (at the time it was built it was one of the largest in North America). Don’t go to this theater much as I’ve never cared for the $1.98 decorating of the auditoriums and the shopping mall cookie cutter look of the theater itself. The building and lobby (the old Cadillac showroom) are beautiful but otherwise the theaters could be anywhere.

terrywade
terrywade on April 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm

The new IMAX screen at the Van Ness is not that big at all. Nothing like the IMAX at the AMC Metroen. It’s like what many theatres are putting in and call it the Imax Experience. Just another way AMC gets extra money. The new screen at the Van Ness is not that much larger then the screen they had. It’s hardly curved. Not much height to go tall. And they have reserved seats in the new IMAX theatre. Bad sound, they got rid or all the side surround speakers and just have two big old speaker box’s marked IMAX in the back left and right corners. Reserved seats don’t work in this IMAX auditorium as most people come in late in the dark when the previews are on or even at the start of the film and AMC has no one to help you find your seat number in the dark. And you pay extra for this IMAX screen. Most people don’t carry a flash light so If you are in your seat it is very distracting.

Zootopialover98
Zootopialover98 on August 24, 2016 at 6:10 pm

can somebody post the grand opening ad for this theatre

hdtv267
hdtv267 on August 25, 2016 at 11:51 am

Well maybe that will come after more important things are handled- that is making sure that every theatre that hosted both the new Final Fantasy movie and the one from 15 years ago are marked accordingly by a certain member.

One shouldn’t be picking favorites and slighting other venues now, should one?

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