SF theater sells $1 movie tickets for 100th anniversary

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The Castro Theater is a historic San Francisco movie palace that became San Francisco Historic Landmark #100 in September 1976.

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On June 22, 1922, one of San Francisco’s most iconic institutions opened its doors. The Castro Theater officially celebrates its centennial today, and as a gift to loyal fans, the theater will screen five of the most iconic films in the city’s history for just one dollar a ticket (plus, of course, a $0 fee). $.50) .

The lineup is an interesting mix of films, nodding to several beloved blockbusters as well as a few classic movies that might be less familiar to modern audiences. Of course, Robin Williams’ comic opus “Mrs. Doubtfire” is included (1:00 p.m.), as well as Clint Eastwood’s gritty action flick “Dirty Harry” (3:30 p.m.). The most epic car chase in movie history will also screen, with Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” at 8:15 p.m.

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

Although the Castro Theatre’s rich cinematic history has been highlighted this month – including the 46th annual Frameline Festival, which runs until June 26 – the venue’s future as a cinema is uncertain. Concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment took over management duties in January and is leading a renovation effort, leading some in the community to question whether the theater will remain committed to showing films.

Today, the San Francisco Chronicle announced the Save the Castro Theater campaign (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other). The campaign includes a petition protesting plans to scrap seats on the auditorium floor in favor of tiered platforms that host concerts more than movies. The campaign is led by the Castro Theater Conservancy, which has a long list of celebrity supporters including Martin Scorsese, Tilda Swinton, David Byrne and dozens of other notable entertainment personalities.

For more information and tickets to the Centennial screenings, visit Another Planet’s website.

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