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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA

The Spanish Baroque-style Castro, which opened in 1922, was designed by Modern master Timothy Pflueger and updated in the 1930s with the Art Deco marquee, sunburst chandelier and famed neon sign.  We were met at the Castro by Richard, one of the managers,  two weeks ago today.  He was so cordial and warm and made us feel right at home.  It was clear how proud he is of this magnificent theatre. 

 Richard explained to us that this theatre has always remained in the same family since its inception and I am sure that cannot be said for the majority of older theatres throughout America.  The Castro has always been a theatre and has never stopped showing movies.  One of the major changes that took place over the years is that when it was first opened there was an orchestra pit where the stage and curtain now reside. This is where the orchestra played before "talkies" were introduced in movies.  They would play and set the mood for whatever was happening in the "silent movie".  The screen used to be much further back to accommodate the orchestra in front, Richard explained.  Just look at the proportions and the Art Deco style.  Robin, our good friend Macy, and myself had a wonderful time.  Please enjoy.









 



 





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