Built in 1922, the Castro Theater is San Francisco's only remaining movie palace. When it's not hosting film ... More
Built in 1922, the Castro Theater is San Francisco's only remaining movie palace. When it's not hosting film festivals, this 1,550 seat house runs a repertory calendar heavy on film classics; there is no better place to see The Wizard of Oz. The interior reflects the elegance of a bygone era with its red velvet seats and walls that feature molded plaster and frescoed detailing. The fanciful ceiling, from which an imposing art deco chandelier hangs, is designed to evoke the interior of a Bedouin tent. A mighty Wurlitzer organ plays between evening shows and completes the antiquated feel of the theater. See the website for show times, a calendar of events, ticketing info and more. Note that the box office accepts cash only.
The Castro has thoughtful film programming, a beautiful interior (complete with organ and organist!) and better food (and coffee) than your average multiplex. Although most people know well in advance what they'll be going to see, it can't hurt to drop by and see what's showing - it's likely to be intriguing and probably something you won't be able to find elsewhere. They often show documentaries, indy films, classics, silents, cult favorites, etc. and often have live performances or talks to boot. Location is great - right in the heart of the Castro, with many food & drink opportunities after the show.
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