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Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street, Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
415 621 6120
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Ranked #29 of 361 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Movie Theaters
Activities: Arts and crafts
Traveler Description: The Castro Movie Theater was built in 1922 by the Nasser borthers, entrepreneurs who started a nickelodeon in 1908 in the  neighborhood. One of the... more »
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited the Castro Theater last weekend to watch The Drag Queens of Comedy. The theater is magnificently beautiful inside-- just that classic, ornate theater look that most places don't have anymore. All of the folks working were incredibly friendly and helpful. Oh, and the show was awesome! I'd love to go see a movie here sometime.

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

They have the organ player and everything. Don't expect the slick, high-quality features of modern theatres....It's an antique. Try to go when they're having sing-a-longs, like Sound of Music. It's a laugh riot. People dress as the characters in the movies. Three guys arrived as three mountain peaks, attached to each other....(i.e. as in "the hills"...are alive, with the sound... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Been watching movies at this beautifully restored movie palace for the past 15 years. They have a very eclectic program from second run titles like Gravity to indie films like Francis Ha to amazing classics like Vertigo projected in 70mm film. Not to mention the heavy hitters like Godard's Breathless and Fellini's 8 1/2. Every evening screening begins with the... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Saw a fantastic Hitchcock double bill of "to catch a thief" and "dial m for murder" (in old style 3d) Superb old theatre really nicely restored and a proper popcorn machine in the foyer. It could have been a bit warmer inside but it is a huge place. Well worth a trip away from the usual tourist spots.

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San Francisco, California
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31 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This place is a gem. Thanks to the film production of Milk (the story of Harvey Milk) this theater was restored back to it's former glory. If you've ever wanted to see the sing along Sound of Music, with full on costumes and audience participation, this is your place. A definite must on your visit to SF. Come early and... More

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San Francisco, California
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Another interesting and historic San Francisco spot, been cleaned up this neighborhood. In the past nudity was common on the streets, but worth a look

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Worldwide
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Unfortunately movies -- like music -- have become something of a disposable art. In the age of torrents and smartphones, we've grown accustomed to disposing of our consumables with little or no reverence. For those of us still awestruck by Cinema, a few shrines from the Golden Age remain. These are sacred places, lovingly preserved, providing us with the privilege... More

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Stockton, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This historic theater has been lovingly restored. Alot of seats in old theaters are not very comfy, but these were a nice surprise. Good sized and well padded. Has balcony seating, concession stands, and a full service bar. Ladies bathroom downstairs is very small, only 4 stalls, so there is always a very long line for it. Also long lines... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Since moving to San Francisco's Castro District from Houston's Inward Forest, I've always been attracted to its fabulous Castro Theatre, its once Saturday operas, Worlizer piano, sing-along musicals, and noir and classic films. Most recently, I saw the newest rework of Lawrence of Arabia, Pink Panther (with the live Robert Wagner as host), and sing-a-long Grease (with its costume party... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A fantastic theatre. Spectacular interior with a live organist; worth a visit on those points alone. I could only purchase a ticket for the film I wanted to see on the day of the show; not a big deal if you are staying in the Casro area. Grab your popcorn and enjoy.

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