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Built in 1922, this neighborhood theater became the 100th city registered landmark in 1977. Featuring cult classics, old time favorites, double features, and sing alongs, the theater is also available for rent.
Double feature of voyeuristic crime thrillers by Alfred Hitchcock and Brian DePalma.
The creepy English-language debut of South Korean director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thirst).
Celebrate Harvey Milk's birthday with all-day screenings of the Oscar winning biopic starring Sean Penn.
Think dancing is all fun and games? This double feature begs to differ.
The latest from San Francisco-based film archivist Rick Prelinger, No More Road Trips? is a found-footage presentation constructed entirely from mid-20th century home movies of people driving from New York to California, back in the days when... More »
So, you want to be Angela Lansbury. In fact, you’ve always wanted to be Angela Lansbury — and who doesn’t share this modest yet unattainable dream? Hundreds of Lansbury wannabes (and their children) will be packing the Castro Theatre this week... More »
For decades, high costs made film one of the few art forms not readily influenced by the street. Accessible technology -- everything from cell phones to web cams -- has changed all that. While the dominance of crotch-shots and kittens on YouTube... More »
During the winter, San Francisco has it easier than a lot of other cities. Our mild climate keep us from freezing to death, and the season offers some of the year’s best (indoor) festivals and cultural events. Hot on the heels of SF Sketchfest... More »
To a generation growing up during the David Zucker era of Airplane! and The Naked Gun slapstick, those films were an education on absurdity, but also on the play of language and the weirdness of our culture. Why did they wear giant rubber tubes... More »
It might seem unwarranted, or at least premature, to toss garlands at someone who's been on the job less than a year. But Keith Arnold had a laudable record on the Bay Area art house scene, notably as co-founder and programmer of the late, lamented Fine Arts Cinema in Berkeley, before he was hired at the end of last year to book and manage the precious Castro Theatre. It was an inspired choice, for the man has splendid taste, an unpredictable imagination, a gunslinger's guts, and a showman's... More »
"Even the past isn't worth living in," snarled Graham Parker on his blistering 1980 record The Up Escalator. He was right, of course, which makes us respect the remarkable sacrifice of Jesse Hawthorne Ficks that much more. The genial but obsessive movie hound behind the regular Midnites for Maniacs triple bills at the Castro devotes himself to mining the culture-challenged decade Parker jump-started so furiously. Diligently unearthing forgotten chunks of celluloid detritus -- campy comedie... More »
Once all the hysteria had died down after the Castro's firing of its longtime director of programming, Anita Monga, and replacing her with the owner's wife, Karen Nasser, we realized that the theater remains impressive. And we're grateful for that. Gone are the fears that this beautiful, historic spot would start showing Ice Age: The Meltdown five times a day. The family-owned movie house still screens some of the finest and most unusual films in the city. From a hefty number of film... More »
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