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SF’s Castro Theatre Getting Major Makeover for 100th Birthday

Historic 1,400 capacity venue will reopen in 2023 as an entertainment and concert venue run by the team behind Outside Lands.
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Thanks to the SF Chronicle for letting us know that San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre, originally built in 1922, is about to get a major makeover for its 100th birthday.

The 100-year-old movie theater (429 Castro St.) will be shutting down temporarily later this year and then will reopen as a live entertainment and concert venue in 2023.

When will the Castro Close for Construction?
According to The Chronicle, events currently on the theater’s schedule for 2022 will happen as planned until renovations begin.

So unless things change, that means the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May, 2022)  and Frameline46 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival (June 16-26, 2022) are still scheduled to take place. The construction dates, expected to take 6-8 months, are still TBD.

Another Planet Entertainment, which co-produces Outside Lands along with acting as concert promoter at the Greek Theatre and Bill Graham Civic will take over programming of the 1,400 capacity venue.

What Kind of Changes Are Coming in 2023?

The Chronicle speculates that it will be mostly behind-the-scenes upgrades including updating electrical, wiring, expanding backstage, installing a new screen, lighting, updated sound system, HVAC, upgrading the theater’s trademark marquee and expanding the lobby.

“We want to activate and re-energize the building, making improvements to the customer and artist experience, including dressing room upgrades, restoring the marquee and blade and expanding food and beverage service. We want to present all sorts of programming in the theater – comedy, music, film, community and private events and more. We look forward to further contributing to the culture and economy of this vibrant neighborhood.” – Another Planet Entertainment CEO Gregg Perloff

Read the full story at the San Francisco Chronicle.