Built in 1922, The Castro Theatre is San Francisco's only remaining movie palace. When it's not hosting film festivals, this 1400-seat house runs a repertory calendar heavy on film classics; there is no better place to see The Wizard of Oz. The interior reflects the elegance of a bygone era with its red velvet seats and walls that feature molded plaster and fresco detailing. The fanciful ceiling, from which an imposing art deco chandelier hangs, is designed to evoke the interior of a Bedouin tent. A mighty Wurlitzer organ plays between evening shows and completes the antique feel of the theater.
Constructed as a temporary attraction for the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exhibition, Palace of Fine Arts continues to enchant the city. The original plaster, which made up the monument's exterior, has been gradually replaced, with funds raised by the Marina's residents who wanted to preserve a graceful part of their landscape. Swans in the adjoining lagoon glide by the soaring ocher-tinted colonnades and the imposing dome rigged with panels of centaurs and warriors. Stroll inside the dome and marvel at the uncanny acoustics, then enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the park benches to provide an unparalleled view of this gem.
Formerly Pac Bell Park, SBC Park, and AT&T Park, the Oracle Park is the first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since Dodger Stadium in 1962. The name may have changed several times, but the game always remains the same here. The San Francisco Giants' home features an inspiring nine-foot (2.74-meter) statue of America's greatest living ballplayer, Willie Mays, at the northwest corner of the stadium. An 80-foot (24.3-meter) Coca-Cola bottle with playground slides and a miniature replica of the park, located behind left field, has become a magnet for kids of all of ages.
The Rickshaw Stop is one of the trendiest spots in the city's club scene. While the club has cheaper admission prices than most of its competitors, the Rickshaw Stop still manages to pull in an eccentric range of renowned musical acts, such as Grimes, Katy B, Jonathan Richman, The Mooney Suzuki, and The Pipettes. The Rickshaw Stop has a full bar and serves delectable food to its guests.
The New Parkway rose from Oakland's desire to get a speakeasy-style theater back after the beloved original Parkway Theater closed. After several years and tons of donations, the New Parkway was born. The theater is devoted to showing second-run and independent and new classic movies at much lower than average prices, and once inside you can order food, wine and beer to be delivered to you in the theater. And they aren't your average theaters, either! One theater is set up like a big dining room with wooden tables and chairs with a balcony full of cushy couches, while the other is a hodge-podge of old couches, armchairs and coffee tables, arranged on the floor to resemble entire living room sets. Select menu items can be ordered from inside the theater during the movie.
The Campbell Theatre is the place to be if you are looking to attend theater performances or concerts and jamming sessions by local songwriters and musicians in a reasonable price. Providing live performances throughout the year for enthusiasts of performing arts in the neighborhood is the ultimate goal of this theater. The entire venue can be hired for all kind of private and corporate events as well. The staff here have been specifically trained to cater to all your needs and make your events a successful and memorable one. Apart from theater and music concerts, performances from talented dancers, actors and comics are also organized at The Cambell Theatre.
With a welcoming ambiance, Intersection for the Arts tops the list as being extremely unpretentious. Equipped with a huge space for exhibiting versatile art and crafts and a box theater for showcasing plays and movies, the venue is the pride of the Mission District. Many of the plays that take place here are not commercial but for the good of the community and neighborhood in particular. The artistic types are sure to meet like-minded people and be able to network with a diverse group of creative individuals. A non-profit organization without the glamorous facade—visit it once to believe it!