SF Theater is selling $1 100th anniversary movie tickets

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The Castro Theater is a historic movie palace in San Francisco, designated San Francisco Historic Landmark No. 1 in September 1976.  turned 100.

The Castro Theater is a historic movie palace in San Francisco, designated San Francisco Historic Landmark No. 1 in September 1976. turned 100.

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On June 22, 1922, one of San Francisco’s most famous institutions opened its doors. The Castro Theater is officially celebrating its centenary today, and as a gift to loyal fans, the theater is showing five of the most famous films in the city’s history for just a dollar a ticket (plus a $0.50 fee, of course). .

The program is an interesting mix of films, alluding to several well-loved blockbusters as well as some classic films that may be less familiar to modern audiences. Of course, Robin Williams’ comedic opus Mrs. Doubtfire” (1:00 p.m.) as well as the dark Clint Eastwood action flick “Dirty Harry” (3:30 p.m.). The most epic car chase in film history will also be screened, with Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” running at 8:15 p.m

All of these films could certainly be considered vintage at this point, but there are also a few films that hark back to the earlier days of San Francisco cinema. “San Francisco” (10:30), starring Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy, released in 1936, is set during the 1906 earthquake. “Sudden Fear” (6:00 p.m.), starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in the Leading Roles is a classic 1956 film noir that received four Oscar nominations.

Although the Castro Theater’s rich film history has been spotlighted this month – including the 46th annual Frameline Festival, which runs through June 26 – the venue’s future as a cinema is uncertain. Concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment took over management responsibilities in January and is leading renovations, leading some community members to wonder if the theater will continue showing films.

Today, the San Francisco Chronicle broke news about the Save the Castro Theater campaign (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently). The campaign includes a petition protesting plans to remove auditorium seats in favor of tiered platforms more suited to concerts than movies. The campaign is spearheaded by the Castro Theater Conservancy, which has a long list of famous supporters including Martin Scorsese, Tilda Swinton, David Byrne, and dozens of other notable entertainment figures.

Visit Another Planet’s website for information and tickets for the centenary screenings.

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