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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fliknpins on March 19, 2006 at 5:54 am

I went to this theatre years ago on a trip to SF, and went again last week on another trip. My main reason for going was its future sale and possible permanent closure. When i first went here back in 99 i remember its unique layout. Here in Los Angeles our theatres are on the ground. The AMC Van Ness 14 made unusual use of a building. I agree the lobby is an unused waste and could be put to better use. Its a large empty lobby. The ticket taker is located on level 1 and you then use a series of escalators to get to your theatre. Level 2 has theatres 1-4, level 4 has theatres 5-9, and level 7 has theatres 10-14. When you get to the top there are great views of the city including City Hall and the Opera House Plaza area. When you stand by the rail around the escalators you get this awesome vertigo feeling. I found the theatre to be pleasant and this last time i had a screen on level 7, and all the way up there i kept thinking it would be a closet size theatre being way up top. I was wrong, the screen was a fairly big in size, wall to wall, and very clear. To me the worst part of visiting the AMC Van Ness 14 was the parking w/validation was $6.00 however this was the norm around SF. I hope this building remains a theatre. If not i will always have the memory of going to a movie theatre that was not the same old cookie cutter design. This theatre and 9 others are set to close and be sold by AMC as part of the merger deal. The AMC web site lists the 10 theatres affected. This also includes the AMC Kabuki 8.

George75 on August 4, 2006 at 12:18 am

Who are the managers of this megaplex? I used to know most managers in the 1980s and wonder how many are still around.

chnsn63 on April 30, 2007 at 1:49 am

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. on December 21, 2008 at 1:33 am

It seems this building was constructed in 1912. Some nice vintage photos and info here:
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darquil on April 25, 2010 at 7:30 am

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

Burtonic on March 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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

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Eric Evans on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 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 6:07 pm

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 30, 2013 at 3:31 am

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.

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