AMC 1000 Van Ness

1000 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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terrywade on April 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm

I have been told this new South Korean cinema company does very well in the LA area because they offer cinema treats that the local chains don’t bother to offer. It will be fun to see a movie in 4D & EX in the San Francisco CA area in 2020!

terrywade on April 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

A brand new cinema theatre company from Koren chain CJ CGV will take over the former AMC spot on Van Ness in 2020. They will feature SF’s first 4D and EX cinemas plus a giant curved screen any many other special extras that AMC & Century don’t offer in SF. They have two spots in Southern CA at this time. So glad the place will become a movie theatre again.

robboehm on February 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Recliners should be in the home, not a theater.

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.

moviebuff82 on February 12, 2019 at 8:02 am

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Scott Neff
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.

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

grand opening ad:!AtCJz7ew6OKIhIJ-si5SIekydUDHuw

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

July 10th, 1998 grand opening ad posted.

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

Zootopialover98 on January 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

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