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“Regardless your sexual orientation”
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“Regardless your sexual orientation”
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

Visited July 2013
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“The Church of Cinema”
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 to pay respect to something that's been reduced to mere "entertainment." The Castro Theatre is one of these special places, an experience -- at times -- even bigger than the movies they screen. Watching movies here is an event, whether it's a study of the architecture, the design, or the opportunity to imagine what it was like to live in a bygone era. Each night begins with the mighty Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit, the organ player playing each audience a prelude, priming us for the night's double feature. One visit was all it took for me to know I'd found a place worthy of worship.

Visited November 2013
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Stockton, California
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“Beautiful restored movie palace”
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 for the concession stand. Good old fashioned fresh popcorn with real butter, what's not to like. Make sure to catch the pipe organ pre-show, it alone is worth the price of admisson, plus revel at the opulance of the building. Sign-up for their mailing list to get advance notice of upcoming events to help plan your visit.

Visited October 2013
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“Best movies in San Francisco”
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 and contests). The art deco architecture is charming, the seats are roomy and comfy, and the snack bar, well that could be improved with hot dogs and beer! Located at the confluence of several MUNI bus and trolley and train stops, the Castro Theatre is a don't miss San Francisco experience. Upcoming in October will be a sing-a-long Annie!

Visited August 2013
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“Castro Theatre”
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.

Visited August 2013
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