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Castro Theater

429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114-2019
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    Great historical theater. Fun place to go to a movie or event.

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  • Castro Theater

    This ancient relic of bye-gone era is the crown jewel of the Castro. With a beautiful restored interior, an organ, and a snappy lineup of classic movies modern film festivals, and gay singalongs, it is truly on the off-the-beaten path must-do list of San Francisco.

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    Go to one of there many sing-along shows

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    Fabulous movie house and great place to take in the Castro

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    This 1400 seat theater is one of the last grand dames of the city. Beautifully restored inside, with incredible murals and chandeliers, one might wonder whether it should be a museum or a theater. The bathrooms are pretty original which means the queue is long when the theater is packed - didn't people go to the bathroom in the 20s?

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    The Castro Theater is the staple venue for San Francisco performers. Their lineups include music, movies, sing-alongs, and one organist that rises from beneath the stage. The harmonics are perfect. The theater is centrally located in the Castro District and is close to Muni / Bart stops. The inside of the theater is decorated with gold and marble and paintings to match the gold being performed on stage.

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  • Castro TheaterPro 2014
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    I went here for the first time last week and was floored by how absolutely beautiful the theater is. The architecture is amazing and it has all of the charm of a old Hollywood Theater.

    I went to a SF Film Festival event where they were living scoring some of Buster Keaton's shorts. There was something magical about the whole experience, from the organist's performance before the show to the magic of laughing to these old silent films with hundreds of other people in 2012.

    It's definitely an experience that cannot and should not be missed.

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  • Castro TheaterPro 2014

    This theater from the 20's has all the beautiful art deco architectural details expected from that era. Red velvet seats, an ornate ceiling and an organist.

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  • Castro Theater

    One of the best examples of an Art Deco theater, picked by Quentin Tarantino as his favorite theater to own. Come to see a film festival, to see the organ player entertain you then disappear under the stage before each show, to sing along to the Sound of Music. There is ALWAYS something cool going on at the Castro!

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    Old Hollywood charm in the heart of The Castro. If only movie theaters were still built like this one... It's theaters like this that make you feel like going to see a film is worth dressing up for. That $10+ is totally worth it for a movie ticket. That you'd want to see a film on its opening night and not mind buying your tickets in advance and waiting in a long line an hour before it starts.

    Inside, you do feel like you've been transported to the Golden Age of Film with the velvet seats and balcony seating. There is so much charm and intricate detail in the architecture - it's definitely one of the most accessible historical landmarks in SF, and not to be missed.

    The live organ music just adds to the grandeur of the place, and makes your movie going experience that much more exciting and memorable.

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  • Castro Theater

    Big old time theater in the heart of the gay district.
    Lots of old favorites playing there.
    A 30 minute walk or 10 minute drive from YourHomeInSanFrancisco dot com.

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  • Castro Theater

    I've seen The Godfather... many times, but none were as fulfilling as seeing it here. There's a pipe organ, and they occasionally have sing-a-longs. If you want to mix up your movie-going experience, this is your place.

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    Iconic SF theater. Plays the classics, if you are into that take a look at what they are playing.

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    This is an absolutely gorgeous theater. It often hosts special events - I saw Quentin Tarantino speak here at the city premier of Inglourious Basterds. It feels very old Hollywood - velvet seats and all.

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    The Castro is a historic theatre and no matter what is there, an interesting stop on your trip to the city.

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    Gorgeous decor with old-style feel in the heart of the Castro. I love that Hot Cookie is nearby (because, really, cookies are a delicious end to a great movie night).

    I've been here twice for sing-alongs (Sound of Music, Mamma Mia) and I would highly, highly suggest going. Great crowd full of people who overzealously participate in singing and acting through the movie. It will change the way you feel about being an audience member.

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    Seeing any movie at the historic Castro Theater is a good idea. It's just a shit ton more fun then going to a multiplex. CT features old movies, new movies, and movies that you actually couldn't play anywhere else.

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  • Castro Theater

    Famous, classic, old school theater. Cool historic landmark, and a fun place to watch movies. Sat up in the balcony once, which was cool, because I was able to get a really good view of the whole place. Ceiling, box seats, etc.

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  • Castro Theater

    This historic building has a unique theater and offers an eclectic selection of movies and shows.

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  • Castro Theater

    A don't miss - one of the best theaters in the city with an organ player that will play prior to the beginning of the movie. Check listings for sing alongs - Sound of Music, Grease, etc.

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Out with the old and in with the new? Not at Castro Theater. One of several bastions of old San Francisco in the city, but one of the few in the Castro neighborhood, the red velvet, grandiose decor, antique molding, and an in-house organ master will charm even the most strictly-modern patrons. Hosting everything from film festivals to showings of classic films like the Wizard of Oz to Little Mermaid and Sound of Music sing-alongs, have a gay ol' time (or not) in The Castro's favorite film house.

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4.5 out of 5
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458 people visited Castro Theater

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