Historical Sunday: The Castro Theatre (1922)

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The Iconic Castro Theatre

If you are looking for an authentic 1920’s moving-going experience, then you don’t have to look any farther than the Castro Theatre.  Designed by a self-taught architect named Timothy Pflueger, this is one of the few remaining examples of a “Jazz Age” movie palace.

Unlike other movie houses, the Castro Theatre escaped the deformation and destruction that usually occurs to buildings as they are forced into the modern age.  This is probably due in large part to the fact that it has had the same owners for the last 89 years.  Originally built by the Nasser brothers, sons of Syrian immigrants, the theatre still remains in the protective hands of this family.

What makes it so special?

  • The live organ music that greets everyone as they enter the theatre adds a special touch to the afternoon matinee or evening entertainment.  If you sit real close to the front, you can watch the organist as his hands and feet artfully move across the beautiful pipe organ.  
  • The ornate decor is phenomenal.  From the massive classical murals, to the small paintings on the glamorous light fixture and surround, each detail of the decor was painstakingly designed.
  • They play everything from old movies, silent movies, sing alongs, and recent blockbusters.  They also host live performances by iconic celebrities.   

If you are a movie buff, you need to take the time to visit the Castro Theatre and take in the history.  Breathe in the “Roaring 20’s” and imagine the flappers attending the theater for the first time on the arms of their dapper escorts.  

Cheers!

Mike

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