AMC Metreon 16

101 4th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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IMAX Screen interior

Opened on June 16, 1999. This sizeable 4,146-seat multiplex includes IMAX screens in addition to conventional ones. In 2020 the total seating capacity had been reduced to 1,727 with the introduction of recliner seats.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

I think hdtv might be referring to the Metreon itself. The IMAX web site lists only 17 theaters with laser IMAX in the US and Canada, and 22 more in the rest of the world. I don’t think many of them have screens as big as the Metreon’s, though.

terrywade on June 3, 2017 at 4:10 am

The big AMC remodel job is almost over at the Metreon Theatre in San Francisco. One of the worst changes is the removal of the dark blue cove lights in the long hall. AMC replaced them with bright ugly white LED lights that shine in your face when you walk around to go into your auditoriums. They trashed about 50% of the nice large candy counter display popcorn and drink signs in the lobby. They did make a big change in the Dolby Cinema #13 for the better after my last visit 6 months ago and reduced the red lights on the aisles so they don’t shine on the curved Dolby Vision® screen on the bottom corners. I did enjoy the new Pirates movie in Imax 3-D in their only Imax screen in the building even though they had a 10 minutes delay at the start at a 12:45 mat because of a chiller problem in the Imax projectors. The people that do these remodel jobs for AMC have no showmanship, at least they could have put in multi color LED lights so the manager could change to what ever color he wanted in the lobby halls but now we are stuck with boring no class white bright lights.

bigjoe59 on July 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm


i haven’t been out to San Francisco for maybe 10? years. to which i was shocked to hear the Northpoint closed. i always liked the theater during my trips out to your city. so why did it close? lack of business or the landlord sold the land? i looked at theater’s page but non one has posted there for well over a year so i thought i’d ask here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2017 at 5:27 am

A Cineplex Odeon spokesperson said at the time of the Northpoint’s closing that the lease was up and the house had been losing money for some time, so the lease wasn’t renewed. Apparently nobody else wanted it either. SF Gate Story.

bigjoe59 on July 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm


to Joe Vogel thanks for the info about the Northpoint. I guess the story with the Northpoint is similar to the recently closed Ziegfeld in Midtown. no one I know had any complaints about the theater in terms of the projection, sound etc…..but the last few years any big film that played the Ziegfeld also played 10 to 12 other theaters in Manhattan. plus lets be honest even if it were making money what multiplex chain wants to spend the time to operate a large single screen movie theater. its sad the only 1st run single screen movie theater left in Manhattan is the Paris.

leowtyx on October 10, 2017 at 5:18 am


Are there sources confirming the screen size to be 97 by 76 ft? Because I read that some claim to be 100 by 80 ft.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

Probably safe to call this straight up AMC Metreon… all Loews signage has finally been removed inside and outside the building.

rivest266 on August 18, 2018 at 10:16 pm

This opened on June 16th, 1999. Grand opening ad in the photo section. It was in the Sony Entertainment center, which was to be built worldwide. Only the ones in San Francisco, Berlin and Tokyo were opened.

terrywade on October 18, 2018 at 2:37 am

Dolby Vision Cinema®In auditorium Lucky #13 is about to have their nice red lights turned off for good. These red lights are on the side walls and over the Dolby Atmos® ceiling speakers. They are on when you come into the cinema space. Seems AMC is turning them off soon in a few weeks and just have a blue strip light down the side cove section when you come inside Dolby Cinema® #13. Bad move on AMC’s part. At least they could have kept the red LED lights on when you came in, then switched to blue for the trailers and then shut them off for the main feature. What a waste even putting them in when they are about not to use them at all. Complain when you pay over $20 plus a fee $$$ to see Dolby Cinema® here that you miss the red!!! To my shock on a visit to see the scope movie ‘Bigger’ today in a rather small curved screen in space #2 for the first time in many months they had the motor black masking working again. I did not have to see white screen at the top and bottom. Maybe someone at AMC saw my complaints? Thank you AMC for bringing the proper masking back.

ridethectrain on September 17, 2020 at 3:00 am

Please update, 1727 seats (reduced due to AMC Signature Recliners in all auditoriums except IMAX)

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