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Castro Theatre, San Francisco

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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  • I so enjoyed the look, the organization, the friendly staff and stunning interior of the Castro Theater.  more »
  • A lovingly preserved movie palace where lots of special events take place. And there are also just the movies. Always fun to come here sometimes an organ performance. Very comfortable seating.  more »
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  • After hearing so much about this place over the years I've lived in the Bay, maybe I was overly excited. Aside from the very conspicuous lack of AC, this was the WORST sound system I've ever heard. Literally my high school's auditorium had better sound. We came to see Lovett or Leave it and had pretty nosebleed seats. I normally wouldn't have cared so much but it was unbearably hot and the sound system wasn't even loud enough to hear the show... We stayed half an hour and left disappointed but thankful for the fresh air outside.
  • 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.
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