Bad news. The San Francisco Film Society Cinema will close at the end of August.
I first heard about this, as a rumor, at the Silent Film Festival. But a Society spokesperson confirmed the rumor, and so I’m posting this announcement.
I don’t know what will happen to the theater, which is located in the basement of the New People building across the street from Japantown, Although a bit on the small side, the theater boasts excellent projection and sound equipment, and very comfortable chairs. I hope someone makes good use of it.
What can you see there before it closes? It’s currently showing A Burning Hot Summer. Coming up, along with other obscure current films (none of which I’ve seen), they’ve got some revivals, including Antonioni’s Love in the City, James and the Giant Peach, and a new 35mm print of Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably.
The theater’s run (or at least it’s run as the SFFS’s year-round home) will end–appropriately enough, with a couple of disasters. On August 28, they’ll screen a global pandemic double bill of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and Elia Kazan’s Panic in the Streets.