See the Castro Theatre front entrance sign in San Francisco

Castro / Upper Market

Castro Theatre

The Castro Theatre is a movie palace located in The Castro, San Francisco. Airing everything from traditional movies to neighborhood blockbusters and hosting annual film festivals, the theatre is an attraction you should consider visiting on your San Francisco holiday.

After all, you can’t miss the theatre when you visit the neighborhood. The large neon sign — representing both The Castro and the theatre itself — is a dead giveaway. Once you reach the corner of Market and Castro Street, you can photograph the sign, or if you’re more into architecture, examine the Spanish Colonial Baroque façade out front.

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Castro Theatre

The 1,407-seat theatre presents everything from traditional films to celebrity tributes and specialized events, such as the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The theatre also hosted the world premiere of the Academy Award-winning Milk, a 2008 movie starring Sean Penn as former neighborhood hero and assassination victim Harvey Milk. A better site could not have been chosen for the event.

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Whether you’re a film buff or would just like to visit a San Francisco Historical landmark since 1976, the Castro Theatre can enhance your tour of the city. Arrive by taxi, bus or Muni (to the Castro Street Station) and see the theatre that’s anchored the neighborhood for so long. One tip from Orange Sky Adventures: don’t just visit Castro Theatre. Enjoy the entire Castro Neighborhood as a whole.

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How Do I Find the Castro Theatre?

  • The Castro Theatre is the most recognizable landmark in the neighborhood. Just look for the giant sign saying “CASTRO” near the corner of 18th and Castro Street, at the end of the F-Line transportation route.
  • Use public transportation routes 24, 33, 35, 37, the F-Line, underground K, L, M or T, or you can walk to arrive here — although from Union Square we don’t recommend it. For a traveler, Market Street can be a busy and stressful promenade.
  • To reach Castro Camera from Union Square you can ride the underground K, L, M or T (20 mins) or take the F-Line (20 mins).
  • Other landmarks and notable spots nearby are Castro Camera, Hot Cookie, Badlands (for nightlife), Dolores Park, Twin Peaks and the LBGT Museum.

Castro Theatre

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Castro Theatre is best photographed in the daytime, with the neon lights appearing at night. To get the full experience of the theatre you can see a flick; the movie schedule can be found here. No tours of the building are available at this time.

Location of The Castro Theatre