“grand, old style movie palace”
This grand, old style movie palace is one of few remaining in America. Aside from its Americana charm the theater is known for their film revivals and preshow concerts on the Wurlizter organ. The Castro was built at a cost of $300,000. The Castro's designer was Timothy L. Pflueger (1894-1946) who went on to become a famous Bay Area architect. In 1977, the Castro was designated City of San Francisco registered landmark number 100. It is one of the few remaining movie palaces in the nation from the 1920s that is still in operation. The Castro's interior is very diverse. One can sense Spanish, Oriental and Italian influences. The auditorium seats over 1400 in a fantasy setting that is both lavish and intimate. Both side walls of the auditorium are covered with classic motif murals which were created in a wet plaster process called scrafitto. This type of wall decoration is rare.
Lovers of silent films: This is where the national Silent Film festival takes place. It's been moved to the last weekend in May (it's usually in mid-July). The festival features early silent films and late silent films with introductions, and musical accompaniment. Also, silent film buffs will appreciate that the films are shown "at their precise speed."
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