Castro Theatre

Located right in the heart of gay-ville in the Castro district is the flamboyant and elegant Castro Theatre.  This theatre generally plays recently released blockbusters or older classics such as The Sound of Music and Gone With The Wind but is often host to special events such as concerts, film festivals and sing-alongs to movies such as Mary Poppins and other Disney films.

In general, if it is gay, it will play at the Castro Theatre.  However, the focus is often general, fitting the interests of a multicultural audience.  This theatre serves as an excellent venue for not only gay entertainment, but for everyone throughout San Francisco and beyond as the theatre seats up to 1400 people in an atmosphere that is both lavish and intimate.

The Castro Theatre is truly a gem of the city as it is one of the few remaining movie palaces from the 1920′s that is still in operation today.  The decorum and architecture are very much in line with old movie theatres as the interior boasts lush murals with Spanish, Oriental, and Italian influences.

The wall decoration of the auditorium is very rare as its covered with classic motif murals which were created in a wet plaster process known as scraffito.  The large hanging art deco chandelier is another awesome fixture hanging from the ceiling and simply adds beauty and elegance to the large space.

Lastly, no Castro movie experience is complete without the opening organist popping out of the organ grill located below the stage.  Before the beginning of the movie, he entertains the audience  with his rendition of “Theatre Organ” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.  This theatre is truly a gem and will absolutely make your visit to San Francisco a magical one.

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