Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114

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m00se1111 on September 14, 2021 at 9:17 am

There looks to be some movement here.. perhaps a re-opening for screenings coming soon?

The Castro has hosted FrameLine SF as well as a world premiere of “Sh*t and Champagne” in late August.

Live events in September (9/17 and 9/22) and then on (11/10) For those in SF who might check this out between now and then the ticket link is here.

stevenj on January 22, 2021 at 2:03 pm

Interview with David Hegarty, house organist from today’s (Jan 22, 2021) SFGate:


stevenj on October 29, 2019 at 10:17 am

Photo of souvenir program and ticket for Oct 1996 showing of restored 70mm print of Vertigo added in photos.

stevenj on December 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Too bad the “Movie Theatre News” on the home page has been ignored for so long. So I will post this here since SF is one of the 7 cities and the Castro one of the theaters presenting Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma in 70mm in Dec/January.

70mm Roma

From a paywalled LA Times article:

“Cuarón shot “Roma” on the Alexa65 digital camera, mastering at 4K resolution. FotoKem, the only remaining 70mm print lab worldwide, handled the transfer from digital to film, as well as the production of 70mm film prints.”

luvcinama on September 29, 2018 at 11:13 am

When are they going to install the new sound system I hear of terrywade? Recently saw “Scotty” at the Castro and the sound was HORRIBLE! Very fuzzy and inaudible at times. The Castro would benefit greatly from a speedy installation of the Surround sound!

terrywade on August 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Finally after all these years of bad used small box no volume surround speakers on the side walls from the Blumenfeld Alhambra Theatre in SF the Castro Theatre will be getting a new kick ass stereo surround system we hear to go also along with their new electronic/pipe organ.

stevenj on May 22, 2018 at 5:38 pm

Saw 2001 70mm print at the 4:30 show yesterday. A couple of hiccups w/reel changes. Surprising in a theatre that seems to show 70mm several times a year. Otherwise another great presentation and a large appreciative crowd for a Monday afternoon. Another surprise was the house organist playing a 4:30 show made even more special by playing The Blue Danube and then Also sprach Zarathustra before the overture started.

Lou Rugani has posted a street shot of the line in front of the theatre for Sunday’s Kim Novak/Vertigo special event in Photos. Here is the news report from the SF Chronicle w/pics:

Kim Novak

davidcoppock on February 4, 2018 at 7:45 am

The Castro theatre appeared on an episide of Mythbusters(season 2, episode 34).

stevenj on September 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

The new 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia played in a roadshow presentation over the 4 day holiday weekend starting last Friday evening. As the overture and entre act music played the house lighting dimmed gradually until only the curtains were half lit before finally going dark when the film started. Showmanship lives here! Whoever is up in the booth needs to be thanked not only for this weekend’s performances but for all films that play here. The print was great – crystal clear and vibrant.

stevenj on July 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

I bookmarked this from and meant to post it a couple of weeks ago on the 95th anniversary of the theatre’s opening. Alex Bevk’s great article on the history of the Castro and it’s evolution into the 21st century also has some photos throughout the years.

DavidZornig on September 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Mid `60’s photo added via the website.

stevenj on September 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Just picked up a schedule a few days ago – Lawrence of Arabia will be shown in 70mm Oct 1 and 2, Vertigo in 70mm Oct 14, 15, 16. Would love to see the Transparent event but will be out of town that week. Most of the cast will be in attendance. They are showing the first 2 episodes of season 3 as the “premier”. There is also a showing of a restored print of Multiple Maniacs with Divine Sept 16 (schedule says a print has been unavailable for decades).

stevenj on November 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

I’ve added 4 new photos – 3 exteriors showing the wider sidewalks and tile work in front of the theater and a long shot taken from an apartment balcony on Twin Peaks showing the bulk of the theater from above.

kpdennis on October 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm

We were fortunate to catch a Sunday matinee of the recent Vertigo 70mm screening while vacationing in San Francisco. The pre-movie pipe organ concert fully contributed to the “event” vibes that accompany a movie at the Castro.

robboehm on October 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

So true hdtv 267. The new multiplexes come and go with a shelf life usually of 18 years. Easy to tear down and build anew than modify or upgrade. Plus it’s all leased property.

davepring on August 20, 2015 at 2:52 am

This is one of my favourite San Francisco theatres and will hopefully remain showing film for many more years as my other favourites The Coronet and Metro are no longer with us.

DavidZornig on February 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

1960’s photo added, credit The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Mickey Pfleger.

CStefanic on May 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

I feel the same way, Moviemanforever. I live for movies as well, and live in L.A. where there are a few houses left that screen 35mm classics!

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on March 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Major efforts are underway to save the San Francisco Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Please visit our CODA (Castro Organ Devotees Association) 501©(3)’s website at: to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal and/or sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on our progress. Thanks!

Ian on March 28, 2013 at 7:37 am

A couple more photos of the Castro in 2000 here including a stage one showing the top of the organ. Sad it might be moved out of such a fitting setting :–(



Ian on March 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

A rescued (from an under-exposed negative) photo of the Castro interior taken in March 2000, showing a part of this magnificent theater :–


Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

I also was wondering why it was in 1.33, since I know that when it was released to theatres, it was in 1.85. Maybe it was the full-screen edition for television. But they announced from the stage prior to the showing that it was a DVD.

PeterApruzzese on November 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

I wonder where they got a DVD of that movie as it’s never officially been released in that format anywhere in the world. Also, it should have been 1.85 widescreen.