Posted by: nancycurteman | May 24, 2010

San Francisco Landmark: The Castro Theatre

The Castro Theatre built in 1922, is San Francisco’s historic movie palace. One of the few remaining movie palaces in the nation dating from the 1920s that is still in operation, it was designated a City of San Francisco registered landmark. The exterior design of the theatre resembles a Mexican cathedral. The orange and blue neon lights on the vertical sign above the marquee shout out the name “Castro.” The interior is elegant. Both sidewalls of the auditorium are covered with classic motif murals which were created in a wet plaster process called scrafitto. An Art Deco chandelier and a Wurlitzer organ add to the unique design. The theatre presents live shows as well as an eclectic mix of new and vintage films. It is truly a must see.

Photo: cjayarts


  1. I’ve never been there. Guess I’ll have to get a caravan set up.


    • I used to go to the Castro each year for the International Film Festival. I’m not sure they still offer it. Check out the theatre. It’s a treat to see it.


  2. And backstage is the perfect setting for a murder mystery . . . with all the actors wearing masks.

    Sounds like a wonderful place to be entertained.


    • A setting for a mystery novel. What a great idea. My next novel will be set in Paris or Bayeux. So S.F. could follow that.


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