The Castro Theatre, a 100-year-old jewel of the film community in San Francisco, is set to become a live music and events venue after a year-long makeover. The renovated theater will broaden its programming to include "comedy, music, film, community and private events and more," according to a statement by the new operators.
The theater will be managed by Another Planet Entertainment, the Bay Area-based live music promoter which co-produces the Outside Lands music festival and operates the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Greek Theatre, the Fox Theatre, the Independent and other music venues. Another Planet does not operate any movie theaters, or venues with regular film programming.
Currently it is unclear exactly how much film will be shown at the renovated Castro Theatre. Speaking with KQED on Wednesday, Another Planet CEO Gregg Perloff repeatedly said it was too soon to tell.
"I know this isn't a great answer for you, but we've just started," Perloff said, in response to questions about film programming. "This is really our first week talking to people. And we plan on talking to a lot of people in the community. And of course all the people who have rented the theater—find out what it is they're all about and what they plan on doing. So I can't give you definitive answers right now."
As of Wednesday, Another Planet had not been been in touch with any independent film bookers who would book a regular daily schedule of films, Perloff said.
"You don't want to change the historic nature of the theatre," said Perloff. "We absolutely want to do film. We absolutely want to honor the LGBTQ community. And so, what they've historically done, we want to do a lot of that. We also want to add to it by doing other things. What those other things are? Could be a lecture. Could be comedy. Could be music. We plan to try anything."