Happy 90th Birthday Castro Theatre!

By: Scott Ragan

San Francsico's old gay dame, the Castro Theatre is almost 100 years old and looking fabulous — inside and out.

It's almost hard to believe that the famed venue is still owned by the Nasser family, who immigrated to San Francisco from Lebanon in 1899 and opened the theatre in 1922, after years of building the family business into a successful grocery store and nickelodeon house.

In 2008 the Castro Theatre got a nice splash of color to mimic its 1970's exterior palette, and was prominently featured in multiple shots of Gus Van Sant's Milk biopic. Many who live in the neighborhood fondly remember the night of October 28, 2008 when the stars of Milk converged on the theatre for the film's world premiere, which won openly gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay that year.

When visiting San Francisco's "Great Gay White Way", the Castro Theatre is a must-hit destination with something going on almost every night of the week. Check the full schedule here.

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