Five reasons we love the Castro

We’re absolutely delighted that next year’s Opening Night will be at one of San Francisco’s historic landmarks – the Castro Theatre.

This beautiful building is filled with history and marks an exciting step in our own story: it’s the biggest venue we’ve ever held a screening at. Judging by the lines outside the Roxie at last year’s festival the appetite is certainly there so we’re overjoyed that we’ve got the space to fit more film lovers in.

We're only able to hold screenings in amazing venues like this largely thanks to donations. With your generosity we can continue to bring diverse environmental films & filmmakers to audiences throughout the year.

Your donation will help us reach an even bigger audience in 2016.  

And to get you excited for next year's Opening Night, here’s five reasons why we love the Castro:

 

1) It's beautiful

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The Castro was built in 1922 at a cost of $300,000 (about £4m in today’s money). Designed by architect Timothy L. Pflueger, the building was modeled after a Spanish cathedral. 

 

2) The interior 

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The theater has a capacity of 1400, with lavish murals, mirrors and plasterwork inspired by Spanish, Oriental and Italian work. 

  

3) The bright lights

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The familiar marquee and vertical sign were added in the late 1930s.

 

4) THAT organ

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The theatre’s mighty Wurlitzer organ was installed in 1982, replacing the old Conn organ

 

5) It's iconic

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In 1977, the theatre was named a City of San Francisco Designated Landmark. This means the city has special protection of the theater from alterations.


The Green Film Fest team have been reminiscing about their favorite times at the Castro Theater, take a look and share your own...

 

Photo credits: YouTube, Pinterest, SF Gate, Trip Advisor, www.castrotheatre.com