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Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street, Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
415 621 6120
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Ranked #32 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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Makati, Philippines
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192 reviews 192 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I love this SF institution for theater performances or for watching cult films where they involve some live performances. My only quip is that it's in need of some refurnishing. Ask for seats below. Sat once on the balcony and could not get a view because the seats aren't adjusted well for height by level.

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Spokane, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A visit to this theater is a trip into past to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's a beautiful building and there just aren't many grand old theaters like this anymore. Take the trolly up to the Castro District and it's just a short walk to the theater in this very interesting and colorful area. The ticket booth is right... More

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Fort Worth, TX
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355 reviews 355 reviews
104 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
107 helpful votes 107 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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50 reviews 50 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
44 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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