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The Castro Theatre - 12 Reviews - 429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA - Movie Theaters Reviews - Phone (415) 621-6350

The Castro Theatre

429 Castro St (at Near Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6350
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The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA
The Castro Theatre - San Francisco, CA


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Went to the Frameline's film festival the other night to view Baby Jane? The theatre was packed with an enthusiatic audience. The enviornment is wonderful, the decor magnificent...


I appreciate the caliber of films shown here, and the Peet's coffee at the snack bar. However, I went to see a showing of ""McCabe and Mrs. Miller"" in January and lost feeling in...

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Once every neighborhood had a theatre like this! 8/15/2006

The Castro Theatre is one of the few neighborhood movie palaces which managed to escape the ravages of time. As recently as the 1970s, every Bay Area neighborhood could boast a movie palace. The Castro was one of the more over-the-top ornate ones, and perhaps only by chance, it survived. The Crown, the New Mission, the Grand, the Tower, the El Capitan and the York were all nearby in the Mission, but none were as grand as the Castro. Downtown and in other districts were the Fox, the St. Francis, the Strand, the Haight, the Pagoda Palace, the Royal, the Alhambra, the Alexandria, the Avenue ... too many to remember! But nobody had to go far to see a movie. Eureka Valley was once an average, working-class, Irish neighborhood. Castro Street was lined with banks, groceries, bakeries, butcher shops, fruit and vegetable stores, cleaners, shoe repair shops, barbers, and quite a few bars. The old Safeway store, a tiny one with only five aisles was near 18th. Streetcars were constantly entering and leaving the Twin Peaks tunnel. The original Castro Theatre was a much smaller affair, built in 1908, at 479 Castro -- the building still stands today, as another beloved neighborhood institution -- Cliff's Variety. The current Castro Theatre was opened in 1922, and has been lovingly restored to much of the original splendor. Here is some information on the history of the theatre, along with photos: The home page of this site will also provide film schedules and other useful information. more

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Castro Theater 6/15/2006

The Castro Theater is a landmark as well as a place to watch movies: its been around since the 1920s. Beautiful architecture and a an all-Wurlitzer pipe organ make visiting the Castro a unique experience. They show many cult classics, as well as host a variety of special film festival events. This place comes highly recommended! more

Castro Theater 10/11/2005

This is one of the nicer older theaters in the bay area. I just wanted a 3D Hitchcock movie this past weekend here, and it was great. The theater is very clean and well mainatined. The concession stand is also clean and they have fresh products. Its a great expereince. The only thing about this theater is the location because parking is so hard. Otherwise, its wonderful. more

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Castro Theater 10/8/2005

I just attended the Castro Theater for the first time last week for a film festival. What an amazing place. There was a person in a tixedo that played the piano before the show started. Then he "disappeared" and he and the piano got pulled under the stage. This theater looks like something you would see out of the movies. The burgandy red colors are absolutely gorgeous. And the movies that play at Castro are not more expensive than some of the mainstream movies. Only bad thing is that it is hard to find a parking spot, especially if you go there on a weekend. more

Best movie theater in 8/26/2005

the world! Yes thats right, best in the world!! They even have the old time piano player guy to entertain you before the movie! Wow! so cool..ok, maybe he isn't there every night, but he was when I was there! The ceiling is painted beautifully! This is a gem! Please, i beg you, go see a movie here, just for the experience!! You will never ever be unhappy that you took this fact a you will thank me!! Trust me on that! more
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  • In Short
    Though the theater has been renovated since its heyday in the '20s and '30s, the original art-deco design of the interior is still intact. Two red-carpeted staircases flanking...

  • 11/2/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Castro, Central