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Cool Alternative Movie Houses

These articles -- Break Out of Your Movie Mold, Theater!, Activate Your Weekend, Shake It! -- are a mix of teen-friendly venues and events. They were written to fill in the lack of all ages venues and clubs listings in the media. Because there are not enough places for teens to hang out, they often end up at their friendsí houses or doing things their parentís would not approve of. With these articles, we hope to expose high school students to places where they can have fun and be safe at night.


Red Vic Movie House
The Red Vic Movie House is a worker-owned and operated movie theatre much different from the average ones. Located in the Upper Haight, it features one central auditorium with couches and fully organic treats made available for your movie watching pleasure. The films changes every couple of days, so unless you go two days in a row, you wonít ever see the same movie twice. Titles range from old to new, thriller to documentary, and classics to the unfamiliar. Show times range from 2pm to 9:45pm; an adult ticket costs $8.50 and it's only $5.00 for seniors and children.

The Red Vic Movie House is on Haight between Cole and Shraeder, with very limited parking in the neighborhood. If you canít drive, MUNI provides direct access to the Red Vic by taking the 7, 33, 37, 43, or 71, and is only a few blocks away from where the 6 and N Ė Judah stop. Before or after your movie, you can stop by Escape From New York Pizza, Fat Slice, Planet Juice, or one of dozens of other restaurants or shops in the Haight.


The Castro Theatre
No matter what youíre looking for, youíll find it at the Castro Theatre, home to repertory movies, special events, and renowned film festivals. Whether youíre looking to sing-a-long to the 1978 classic, Grease, or see a Ray Harryhausen triple feature including Jason and the Argonauts, youíre sure to find something that suits your taste. The Castro Theatre is open to all audiences (price for an adult: $9.00; children, seniors, and bargain matinees: $6.00) and most of the movies are suitable for all viewers, but some discretion should be taken regarding unrated movies. The Castro Theatre also hosts dozens of film festivals annually including the San Francisco International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

The Castro Theatre is located in the heart of the Castro at Castro and Market, and movies begin as late as 9:30pm. In case you canít drive, the Castro Theatre is right along the 24- Divisadero bus line as well as the F- Market. It is also only one block away from the 33- Stanyan and is right across the street from the Castro MUNI Station. Escape From New York, tasty New York style pizza, is one block away at Castro and 18th and is open until 12:00 am Sunday to Wednesday, and until 2:00 am Thursday to Saturday. You could catch the 9:10 pm showing of Marnie and still have enough time for a slice of pizza.

The Roxie New College Film Center
The Roxie New College Film Center is a 300-seat movie theater in the Mission, renovated in 1933, when it added its unusual marquee, a neon sign with no place for movie titles. In 2003, a 49-seat theater dubbed the Little Roxie opened two doors from the main theater. The Roxie is home to many Bay Area and international film festivals, especially independent movies and documentaries, for all ages. Movies run from the afternoon late into the night so grab some friends, eat nearby and catch an interesting flick. Schedules are posted on the Roxie's website.

The Roxie is regarded as one of the most provoking and risk-taking theaters in the country. It offers a wide range of movie titles, showing more documentaries every year than any other theater in the country. All ages are admitted to most of these films. A new film and media school has been added in an adjacent building for those interested in the making of films. The Roxie offers innovative special programming, supporting various film arts and community-driven organizations throughout the city.

Public Parking at reasonable prices is available at the Hoff Street Garage located on Hoff Street, off of 16th between Valencia and Mission. Local Muni are the 22 and 53 (both at 16th & Valencia), 33 (18th & Valencia), 14 (16th & Mission), 49 (16th & Mission). Bart stops one block east at 16th & Mission.

Restaurants within a five-minute walk:
We Be Sushi - Somewhat pricey sushi restaurant on 16th street, excellent food

Truly Mediterranean - Fresh, healthy and salivary Middle Eastern food

Pancho Villa Taqueria (between Valencia and Julian St.) -

Ti-Couz - Mouth-watering dinner and desert crepes for after a show and a beautiful view of the Roxie marquee

In a group effort, the byline "SFS Staff" is used. The writers involved in this article include: Jason Hwang, Robby Myers, Misha Hurd, Taylor Wong, Randy Zellerbach, Zak Mandel-Romann, Greg Fleischut, Mike Shenk.