Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre
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Neighborhood: The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
How to get there
  • Castro St • 2 min walk
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4.5
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focusport22
229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We saw the San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Choir here on Christmas Eve. The theatre was beautiful inside from another era. The show was absolutely amazing.
I know that the theatre will soon be shut down to start a major renovation and restoration.
Written December 27, 2023
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Jozef v
Sacramento, CA113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is a historic theatre with lots of atmosphere, original furnishings, to make you feel like stepping back in time in style. It's actually big, so that a balcony seat won't make you feel close or allow for artists' close up views (you have to pay up). We attended a rock concert and the audience was ecstatic, dancing on their spots half of the time. The bar lounge has comfy sofa's to hang and look around and down. Artists are surprised and elevated, and so is the audience; like sitting in a large movie theatre, intimate, yet grand.
Written November 15, 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Well maintained vintage theater that is very clean and an a style from years gone by.

It plays classic movies but nothing near first run.

Worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2023
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boo59Leicester
Leicester, UK369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We didn't go inside as it was shut but the Castro is an eye opener if you are not too shocked by the community. We had a nice stroll around and were very educated indeed.
Written July 6, 2022
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michelle r
Buffalo, NY364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Its important to visit things like the Castro Theater and the surrounding areas, to learn more about the LGTBQAI+ community and the history of it all.
Written April 21, 2022
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Ken M
Lexington, MA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
They show old movies. Host shows, meet and greets and sing-a-longs. Was in town on business - walked through the Castro and they were hosting Yvonne Elliman and Ted Neely for the 50th anniversary of Jesus Christ Superstar! Show was amazing. The Q and A session was awesome. Architecture is great.
Written December 24, 2020
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Loucy
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I so enjoyed the look, the organization, the friendly staff and stunning interior of the Castro Theater.
Written January 27, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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.
Written January 11, 2020
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JENNY
Chiang Mai, Thailand59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
I’ve been here a hundred times; I love all the old architecture and too many of these beauties have gone to history and romantic novels! For me it was the scratch and sniff night for SMELL O RAMA that got me hooked on this theater and the marvelous neighborhood!
Written January 9, 2020
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johnf
Wellington, FL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
My wife and I spend Christmas 2019 in San Francisco. The Castro Theatre and our our time in the Castro area was a definite highlight. We saw a viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life" just before Christmas and then a sing-a-long of "The Sound of Music" on boxing day. The theatre is gorgeous and well kept in its original style (see photos). You really feel like you've stepped back into its history as soon as you enter the theatre. An organist performs about 10 minutes before showtime on a hovering riser that can't be missed. Come early so you can check out the memorabilia on the walls and take in the beauty of this historical landmark. The only negative about our experience was that the popcorn was stale and flavorless. Boo! Note: If your movie has an intermission or it's a double feature (which many are) you'll have about 15 mins. to motor down to a nearby bar for an in-between movie drink. I recommend Harvey's. All-in-all the Castro Theatre was a highlight of our stay in San Francisco and a must do.
Written January 4, 2020
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