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Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street, Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
415 621 6120
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Ranked #28 of 377 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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Fort Worth, TX
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345 reviews 345 reviews
97 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great venue for the sing-a-long we enjoyed of Wizard of Oz. The organ pre-program was great and good lighting, seating, etc.

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San Francisco, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Every other month or so, they will have a movie sing-a-long and it is quite a social event! Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and soon, Frozen. People show up dressed as characters of movies and compete for best dressed. The singing is taken seriously...I have heard many a trained or professional voice. It is fun! The theatre... More

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Alameda, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Castro is a shining example of the golden age of theaters. I especially enjoy the quarterly Scary Cow Film Festivals at the Castro.

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Melbourne, Australia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
84 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Unfortunately when we visited there was some street-work detracting from the beauty of this street although when we returned a few weeks later this was gone so we were able to take some good photos then of the building and street.... The theatre really speaks for itself - it is well kept and really gives you a feel for what... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Definitely go see a movie here. There is a real piano player and the most fun is when they have participatory movies. I went twice to a sing-a-long Sound of Music with friends and once was Mother Superior and another time was a "mountain" that came alive. MOST FUN EVER in a movie theatre!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

One of the last remaining theaters in America that plays an organ prelude before every feature! Fantastic location, and not only is it a landmark, the current name of the neighborhood literally owes itself to this institution!

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Puako, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Caught a drag queen of comedy show in March. Amazing theatre, just being in the auditorium is fun. The vibe and energy in the place is electric. Highly recommend it.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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145 reviews 145 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Not to be missed....1920' s perfection with Big Screen & The Organ is simply astounding! Best Theater in the World in my humble opinion :)☆♡♡

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

When I travel I like to go to the movies. This Theater shows old films and a different one every night. They still have live ogran music before the films. The theater is a jewel and the neighborhood is very interesting with it gay community. If you saw the film about HarvyMilk his camera shop is on this street .... More

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Berkeley, California
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217 reviews 217 reviews
132 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

...but the Castro theater really is a wonderful landmark and piece of still functioning history from the time where theaters were themselves works of art, not just large boxes with enormous screens and whiz bang sound systems. The Castro routinely features classic and indie movies as well as cult classics and occasional film festivals (e.g. Frameline LGBT films, the noir... More

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