AMC 1000 Van Ness

1000 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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April 2011.

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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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darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

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

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.

hdtv267 on September 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Glad you had a nice time, thank you for uploading the photo and bringing something to the site- and hope you enjoyed your visit to San Francisco.

hdtv267 on October 18, 2012 at 4:19 am

Digital IMAX screen opens at this theatre on 11/16/12 with “Skyfall”. Was originally to be open to co-incide with films release date.

Kudos to AMC and Van Ness management for reaching out to me to make me aware of that situation.

hdtv267 on February 4, 2013 at 7:56 am

The Digital IMAX 3D at the Van Ness joins the increasing numbers of AMC theaters offering Reserved Seating for the IMAX presentations.

Personally I am in favour of this. When I planned on seeing Skyfall to check out the new IMAX auditorium, I wasn’t that fond of having to arrive early to get a good place online.

However, it does require a committment and buying in advance online, but thats a fine trade-off.

Anyone out there been?

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.

hdtv267 on February 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I’ve never been in the IMAX auditorium. When I was in town back in November, the opening of that screen was delayed. So I can’t speak from personal experience. However one would presume it is smaller than the one at the Metreon.

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.

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