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.

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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 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 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 on January 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm

is there an website that has the grand opening ad just asking

Zootopialover98 on June 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

can someone find the opening day ad for me because it does not seem that the sfc newspaper is not digitalized

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

July 10th, 1998 grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

grand opening ad:!AtCJz7ew6OKIhIJ-si5SIekydUDHuw

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