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Castro Theatre, San Francisco

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Movie Theater · Landmark
The Castro Theatre is a popular San Francisco movie palace which became San Francisco Historic Landmark #100 in September 1976. Located at 429 Castro Street, in the Castro district, it was built in 1922 with a California Churrigueresque façade that pays homage—in its great arched central window surmounted by a scrolling pediment framing a niche—to the recently rebuilt basilica of Mission Dolores nearby. Its designer, Timothy L. Pflueger, also designed Oakland's Paramount Theater and other movie theaters in California in that period. The theater has over 1,400 seats (approx 800 downstairs and 600 in the balcony). The theater's ceiling is the last known leatherette ceiling in the United States and possibly the world. Another leatherette ceiling was demolished just a few years ago. To make the ceiling look as though it is leather requires a special technique regarded as lost today.
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  • They show old movies. Host shows, meet and greets and sing-a-longs. Was in town on business - walked through the Castro and they were hosting Yvonne Elliman and Ted Neely for the 50th anniversary of....  more »
  • I so enjoyed the look, the organization, the friendly staff and stunning interior of the Castro Theater.  more »
  • Beautiful architecture! An historic landmark in San Francisco. It was originally built in 1922. Here you can see foreign films, repertory cinema, film festivals and special first run presentations. The theater also has a large stage for live performances and other celebrations.
  • I’ve seen several shows at the Castro over the years and have always had a great time. There’s not a bad seat in the house, aisles are wide and easy to navigate, and it’s a beautiful, historic theater. Definitely one of my favorite venues.

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