Watching movies at home is great in so many ways. You can press pause for bathroom breaks or a quick fridge run. And tossing the half-eaten bag of microwaveable Orville Redenbacher doesn’t feel nearly as wasteful as throwing away $10 worth of concession stand popcorn.
But with the city finally opening back up—or so we hope—more and more San Franciscans are ready to change out of their pajamas, put down the Roku remote, and head out to see a a film the way its director intended: In a room full of strangers, on a massive screen and enveloped in thundering, high-fi surround sound.
Though the industry has been on the rocks for years, SF's movie theaters were hit especially hard by the pandemic. The Clay Theater, West Portal’s CinéArts Empire, and the Embarcadero Cinema all closed in the last few years. And locals say the verdict is still out on whether the Castro Theater’s new management will save or destroy the city’s favorite moviehouse.
Check out The Standard’s map of all the cinemas currently in operation citywide. So whether you’re catching up on Oscar noms or aiming for a foreign classic, you’ll find a theater with a film you’ll love.