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Arab Film Festival 2015


    Castro Theatre

    The Castro Theatre was built in 1922 by pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, the Nasser brothers, who started with a nickelodeon in 1908 in the Castro neighborhood.

    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

    Embarcadero Center Cinema

    The Embarcadero Center Cinema is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District on the corner of Battery and Clay. Since opening on Bastille Day in 1995, the seven-screen cinema has taken the city of San Francisco by storm. It is not only one of the busiest and highest grossing Landmark Theatres, it also ranks nationally among the most successful and prestigious theatres featuring high-profile independent film and foreign language cinema.

    Grand Lake Theatre

    The Grand Lake Theatre is a historic movie palace located in the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland, California.  After the Grand Lake Theater opened on March 6, 1926, it held vaudeville and silent movie showings, but with the arrival of “talkies” it began to exclusively show sound films. The original Wurlitzer Hope Jones Unified Orchestral Organ by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. of San Francisco still stands in the main auditorium. The original phone number for the theater was Glencourt 3100 and the original ticket prices were 40 cents for night and Sunday matinees in the orchestra and balcony, 50 cents for the loges, 25 cents for daily matinees, and 10 cents for children at any performance.

    New Parkway Theatre

    What happens when you take a projector, fill a room with comfy couches, add some delicious food and beer, and do it all with love? You get Oakland’s beloved Parkway Theater.

    Following in the spirit of the iconic picture pizza pub, the New Parkway Theater is an eclectic movie-going experience where people not only come to watch movies but to have an unforgettable night out with friends and community. Enjoy a movie while sitting on a couch, enjoying a freshly cooked meal, and washing it down with local wine or beer on tap, all for under $25.

    Shattuck Cinemas

    The Shattuck Cinemas opened in May 1988 on the ground floor of the lovely Shattuck Hotel in downtown Berkeley, just one block from the University of California-Berkeley. It features an eclectic mix of Hollywood favorites, foreign language cinema and independent film. The venue is part of Downtown Berkeley, and the vibrant center of the city, with a growing arts district at its core – a mecca for movie-goers, art-lovers and food-connoisseurs. Its location is just one block from Downtown Berkeley BART station, convenient to all the Bay Area.

    Coppola Theater

    Located on the campus of San Francisco State University.


    This hip venue will be the location of our After Party.  Space will be limited.

    Harmony Gold

    A unique venue for private film and television screenings as well as non-screening events, the Harmony Gold Preview House is a landmark state-of-the-art screening and event facility located at the border of West Hollywood and Hollywood. The theater is also conveniently located near several restaurants and cafes.

    Museum of Photographic Art

    MOPA is located in beautiful Balboa Park in the Casa de Balboa building, along with the Model Railroad Museum and the San Diego History Center. Casa de Balboa is the building next to the Prado Restaurant.