5 classic cinemas to catch a film in San Francisco

1) Castro Theatre

This theater was built in 1922 and is SF Historic Landmark #100. It’s also one of the few remaining and still operating movie palaces in the country from the 1920s. The façade is reminiscent of a Mexican basilica and the interior is just as ornate. Catch a classic, the latest flick or join one of the fun musical sing-alongs.

San Francisco - Castro Theatre

2) Roxie

Opened in 1909, this intimate 300-seat theater is the oldest continuously operating cinema in the country and the second oldest in the world. It has hosted every aspect of cinema and they ‘strive to keep the weird and wonderful alive in our little corner of San Francisco’ with unique indies, short films and festivals.

neon signs of the Roxie theatre

3) Vogue Theatre

Coming in as the second oldest cinema in San Francisco, the Vogue Theatre opened in 1910. For over 100 years it has continuously hosted a run of foreign and independent films and it also happens to be the city’s most popular venue for Woody Allen films.

San Francisco - Vogue Theatre

3290 Sacramento Street

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4) Presidio Theatre

Owner Frank Lee has always loved movies, even working in the entertainment industry when he was just 11 years old. Later he established his own company, owning and operating three independent theaters in SF, including this one which opened in 1937. It is now a multiplex.

street front of the Presidio Theatre in SF

5) Clay Theatre

This theatre was built in 1910 by the Naify brothers, builders of the first movie screen in town. In 1972 it hosted the first midnight movie in the city and continues that tradition to this day with cult favorites, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Recent independent films are screened here.

San Francisco - Clay Theatre

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