AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8 is a movie theater in the Japan Center complex in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood. Formerly the AMC Kabuki Cinema 8, it was acquired by Robert Redford's Sundance Cinemas chain in 2006 as part of an anti-trust agreement allowing AMC to acquire Loews. Sundance renovated the theater, and reopened it under its current name in December 2007, as the chain's second theater. On October 6, 2015, it was announced that Carmike Cinemas has acquired Sundance Cinemas for $36 million. On November 15, 2016 Carmike was purchased by AMC Theatres (which is owned by the China-based Wanda Group) for $1.2 Billion, bringing the theater back into AMC's control. AMC announced on March 1, 2017 that the Carmike owned brands will be retired and all theaters would be placed under one of three new AMC brands. It was announced on the merger page for Carmike to AMC that the Sundance Kabuki as of April 2017 was to be renamed the AMC Dine-In Kabuki 8.Plan to see AMC Kabuki 8 and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Francisco travel route builder site.
The theater was the first multiplex in San Francisco. It has been host to San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival activities, is one of a small number of theaters showing performances by the San Francisco Opera, and has screened several films for San Francisco International Film Festival and San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival as recently as 2011.
AMC Kabuki 8 Reviews
Kabuki was the premier destination for movies, but it is sadly not keeping pace with other theaters in the city. The seating could be redone for a start. more »
loved it when it was a Sundance property....NO commercials and extraordinary snacks and service. No longer. Once AMC bought it... quite a loser. Quite dirty with lousy snacks and then 30-40 minutes.... more »
The theater is super clean and pretty. I love Asians! (Don't worry, I love non-Asians too). Anyway, I had an opportunity to check out AMC Kabuki 8 for the closing night event of the Asian Pacific Film Festival. We were in auditorium #2. The entrance to the auditorium beautiful and so was the bathroom. The theater is pretty small but I think it suits the demographics well.
I do wish it still didn't have ads like back in the day, but it's still a nice theatre! Particularly front row balcony - lots of space for putting your feet up and table space every two seats. Conveniently located around lots of great food and shopping.
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