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20th Arab Film Festival


    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.

    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.

    Hearst Field at UC Berkeley

    On the UC Berkeley campus


    Mercer is an intimate club and lounge in what was formerly the old Project One art gallery space. This “New York–inspired, DJ-fueled club and lounge” comes with tufted-leather couches, whiskey and a dance floor.

    The venue has two distinct spaces: a gentlemanly lounge up front and a clubby dance floor in the back. Well, three distinct spaces, if you count the central bar area that connects them.

    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.

    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.