The Castro Theater Conservancy launches “Save The Castro Theater”
Today, the nonprofit Castro Theater Conservancy (CTC) launched “Save the Castro Theatre,” a campaign dedicated to preserving and protecting San Francisco’s Castro Theater as a cultural and entertainment for cinema and shows.
In working to maintain the famed Castro Theater as San Francisco’s premier movie palace and iconic LGBTQ+ resource for years to come, the CTC advocates that the Castro Theater retain much of its historic interior so that it can preserve high-quality film presentation standards, and LGBTQ+ community events and independent film festivals can continue to call the Castro home.
“San Francisco has the most vibrant film culture in the country and the Castro is its historic soul. In fact, it’s the only venue in San Francisco that can show movies to a large audience,” said Peter Pastreich, executive director of the Castro Theater Conservancy. “The CTC wants the Castro Theater to retain its historic orchestra seats and sloping floor, as both are essential to preserving the cinematic experience. Additionally, we are working to ensure the many film festivals, luminaries of the world of cinema, LGBTQ+, and other community events can continue to use the theater at affordable prices.”
The CTC has launched a petition that will ensure future operators maintain interior features essential to preserving the cinematic experience at the Castro. These prominent features are included in part of an upcoming expanded city landmark designation, submitted by District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. To sign the petition, go to savethecastrotheatre.org.
The CTC seeks to facilitate and support the Castro Theater’s decades-long tradition of hosting arts, cultural, educational and entertainment programs representing and supporting San Francisco’s diverse communities and cultural heritage. In addition to support from local leaders, the campaign to save the Castro Theater has drawn support from film and entertainment luminaries around the world. Famous supporters of the Castro Theater Conservancy mission include: Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Mailer Anderson, Wes Anderson, Ari Aster, Jamie Babbit, Wayne Barker, Jello Biafra, Margaret Bodde, David Byrne , Nanci Clarence, Joel Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, Dana Delany, Guillermo Del Toro, Ernest Dickerson, Rob Epstein, Sandra Fewer, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Carl Franklin, Jesse Beaton Franklin, Dan Geller, Bruce Goldstein, Jean-Pierre Gorin, James Gray , Lucy Gray, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Stuart Hanlon, Joanna Hogg, Marc Huestis, Barry Jenkins, Cleve Jones, Kent Jones, Leslie Katz (former San Francisco Supervisor), Peter Kaufman, Philip Kaufman, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Guy Maddin, Leonard Maltin, Armistead Maupin, Frances McDormand, Paul McGann, Eddie Muller, Dan Nicoletta, Andrew Droz Palermo, Milena Pastreich, Alexander Payne, Alexandra Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, B. Ruby Rich, Sister Roma, Rachel Rosen, Paul Schrade r, Martin Scorsese, Rebecca Solnit, Steven Spielberg, David Stenn, Tilda Swinton, David Thomson, Lulu Wang, John Waters, Jane Wiedlin, Terry Zwigoff, and the Film Foundation.
“The Castro Theater is the jewel in the Castro’s crown and ground zero for performance art, film and queer culture. It has been an honor for me to attend premieres, produce and to hold my own events and fundraisers there,” said Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “Do we really need another concrete concert hall as glamorous movie theaters disappear across the country? Absolutely not! Preserving this historic treasure is so important.”
The CTC strives to maintain the historic character and integrity of the Castro Theater such that the venue remains primarily a single-screen/single-stage cinema, live performances, and meeting and event venue. From its historic decorative walls and ceilings, reclining seats, acoustics, and sight lines specially designed for movie viewing, the Castro Theater is the only venue of its kind in the city.
The Castro Theater Conservancy (CTC), a non-profit organization, works to preserve and protect San Francisco’s historic Castro Theater as a cultural and entertainment venue for motion pictures and live performances. To ensure the preservation of the Castro Theater, inside and out, the CTC advocates that the Castro Theater retain much of its historic interior so that it can maintain high quality film presentation standards and that LGBTQ+ community events and independent film festivals can continue to call the Castro home.