Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Castro Theatre, San Francisco (must see)

One of the many places that one cannot miss out on in San Francisco is the Castro Theatre.

Whether you are a movie buff or not, the Castro Theatre is a must-visit site in San Francisco. This one-of-a-kind theatre is a perfect blend of vintage and modern times. The movie palace is filled with antiquities that can transport you to yesteryears but hold you reservations about watching a movie for this is one place where the audience is given the perfect movie experience with the latest speakers and sound systems and top-notch picture quality.

The building of the Castro Theatre is one of San Francisco’s 100 Historical Landmarks. Built in 1922, the Castro Theatre was designed by Timothy L. Pflueger and was started by the Nasser Brothers who are still its proud owners. Amongst other things, the Castro Theatre is also known for its lavish, luxurious and ornate interiors, something quite alien to present day theatres. The estimated cost of constructing the theatre in 1922 was put down as $300,000. The theatre can seat about 1407 people at a time in its lavish interiors. People from all walks of life come especially to the Castro Theatre to enjoy the movie experience. Sing along, yell, shout out with the crowd and get involved in the movie- ‘cause that is how it is done at the Castro Theatre.

Why You Should Visit:
It really brings back the feel of watching movies during the silent era; however, the best part is the Art Deco design/feel of the theatre.

Tip:
Come a little early to enjoy the beautiful setting (including ceiling) and the fabulous live-playing organist who disappears into the ground with the curtain's rise!
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Castro Theatre
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Gay Walking Tour  

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