Embarcadero Center Cinema

Clay Street and Battery Street,
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Embarcadero Center Cinema

A small 4-screen multiplex inside the No. 1 Embarcadero Center complex at level 3 (Promenade Level) was opened July 14, 1995. Seating capacity was 953. Later a 5th screen was added. It was closed for renovations on June 28, 2013 and 2 extra screens were added, re-opening November 1, 2013. It was closed on February 3, 2022.

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William on June 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm

The address needs tobe changed to what lostmemory posted in his Sept. 18th 2008 post, so Google map tracks it right. Right now it tracks from Van Ness and Market Street area which is way wrong. The picture is right.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

I went last night and took quite a few photos. I’ll post here when they’re up at Cinematour.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

In my head — Cinematreasures = stories and anecdotes

Cinematour = photos.


Also — I have enough of a headache trying to keep Cinematour information up to date. If I spend too much energy getting photos to both sites I’ll go mad.

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 9:40 am

This opened with four screens on July 14th, 1995. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

ridethectrain on June 16, 2021 at 8:22 pm

Please update, total seats 463, seating reduced due to recliners in the smaller screens. Theatre 1 132 Theatre 2 24 Theatre 3 26 Theatre 4 28 Theatre 5 35 Theatre 6 99 Theatre 7 119

ridethectrain on February 3, 2022 at 12:39 pm

From indiewire by Tom Brueggemann

Landmark’s San Francisco Embarcadero Center Cinema to Close In the latest sign of a challenged art house market, a powerhouse theater location in San Francisco will cease operation Friday.Industry sources confirm that the seven-screen the Landmark Theatre Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco will shut down Friday. The theater’s website has no bookings beyond today, and distributors were informed earlier this week.

Although no reason for the departure has been announced, sources suggest it was the landlord’s decision to not extend the lease after non-payment of rent. Landmark did not responded to press inquiries.

Built in 1995 and completely remodeled in 2014, the theater has been a major Bay Area player in first-run specialized exhibition and one of the most critical national locations. It is currently showing “Parallel Mothers” and “Jockey” (Sony Pictures Classics), “Flee” (Neon), “A Hero” (Amazon), “Belfast” (Focus), “Gamestop: Rise of the Players” (Neon), “Red Rocket” (A24), and “The French Dispatch” (Searchlight).

It’s not the sole A-list specialized location in the city; these include AMC at the Metreon and Kabuki, Cinemark’s Century San Francisco Centre, which played exclusive runs of platform titles, as well as Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission. Neon confirmed that “The Worst Person In the World” will now open at the Kabuki. As recently as 2019, the Landmark theaters enjoyed a $67,000 opening weekend on “The Farewell.” It also played initial city runs of “Parasite,” “The Favourite,” and “Belfast.”

Eight markets host Landmark Theatres; this is at least the ninth Landmark theater to be vacated in just over two years. Among these are New York’s 57 West, Washington, D.C.’s West End, Houston’s River Oaks, Minneapolis’ Uptown Edina, St. Louis’ Tivoli, Detroit’s Main Art, and San Diego’s Ken. In 2018, prior to current owner Charles Cohen’s acquisition of the chain, Landmark closed the Sunshine in Manhattan as well.

Landmark retains the four-screen Opera Plaza in San Francisco. The theater had a major remodeling in 2019, but has been secondary to the Embarcadero for top specialized films. It currently is playing “Drive My Car,” “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,” “House of Gucci,” “Rifkin’s Festival,” and “Simple Passion.” They also have three locations in the East Bay and Peninsula.

ridethectrain on February 3, 2022 at 12:40 pm

Please update, closed as February 3, 2022

TJinSF on February 3, 2022 at 11:07 pm

“A Hero,” “The French Dispatch,” “Belfast,” “Gamestop: Rise of the Players,” “Red Rocket,” and “The Velvet Queen” were also showing today. The titles listed by m00se111 above are the first four listed, so perhaps the full page did not load for them? It would appear all 7 screens were open, given the showtimes. The last film to start was “Flee” at 7:55.

stevenj on February 4, 2022 at 10:44 am

SF Chronicle Datebook article on the closing of the Embarcadero Cinemas after 26 years in SF.


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