Castro Theatre

Formerly Spanish ranch land, the Eureka Valley—now called the Castro—was parceled out in the 1860’s and quickly became filled with the bang and clatter of Victorian housing construction.  When the market Street Cable Railway extended to Castro Street around the turn of the century, this strip became the central artery to the neighborhood, and the Castro Theater, built in 1922, its elegant new centerpiece.  Today the Castro’s historic art deco movie palace, screens old and independent films from around the world and hosts “Sing-a-Longs” to classics such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid.   To tour the neighborhood, start at the corner of Castro and 18th Streets and take a look around.  The street life may compete for your attention, but as you walk along Castro admire the handiwork of both the city’s early craftsmen and its more recent restoration specialists. A riot of color, these Victorians never looked better and there are plenty of diversions in the unique and sometimes outrageous shops you’ll pass along the way.  On Halloween, the center of San Francisco is the Castro, with crowds in the thousands celebrating in the streets. You will note the rainbow “Gay Pride” flag flying throughout the community.

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