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Balboa Theatre

Indie Movie Theater and Movie Theater · Outer Richmond
3630 Balboa St (btwn 37th & 38th Ave), San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)

Based on 60 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    "... go on Saturday for Popcorn Palace."(3 Tips)
    "Great staff, good prices, but disgusting bathroom."(2 Tips)
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  • Bourbon🍸Explorer

    Go during the day on Fridays when it is absolutely dead. You won't have to worry about your kid disturbing others. A perfect alternative if you can't go on Saturday for Popcorn Palace.

    Bourbon🍸Explorer · February 15
  • Ping

    Great neighborhood theater. Walk in last minute and enjoy!!

    Ping · January 25
  • Ty W.

    Come on Saturdays at 10am for the Popcorn Palace. Classic movies with popcorn and a drink for $10.

    Ty Wu · November 13, 2014
  • Jennifer R.

    Balboa Star Wars!!!

    Jennifer R · August 18, 2014
  • SFist

    Balboa Theater captures the essence of old-timey movie-going with an ambiance frozen in time (and ticket prices that are well below your local multiplex). Read more

    SFist · August 3, 2014
  • John B.

    Free refills on coffee!

    John Barker · May 25, 2014
  • Michiel D.

    Very cosy and cheap!

    Michiel De Mey · March 16, 2014
  • Whit B.

    On Saturdays they do Popcorn Palace at 10am. $10 for a great (usually older) kids-ish movie, popcorn, and a drink. It's a blast!

    Whit Bastian · March 9, 2014
  • Tyson Q.

    $10 for a tiny screen and only two movie options. Meh

    Tyson Quick · February 23, 2014
  • Reesh W.

    Old school.. great prices loved it!

    Reesh W · February 20, 2014
  • Phil D.

    Keep the Balboa Theater open! Support the Kickstarter! Read more

    Phil Dokas · August 19, 2013
  • Keisar B.

    it's the perfect little hometown theater, but it's in the city. the 5 muni bus from the north edge of golden gate park will get you back downtown.

    Keisar Betancourt · August 9, 2013
  • Philomena M.

    Friendly folks & good popcorn.

    Philomena Mangan · July 31, 2013
  • Jim M.

    My friend wants everyone to know they have new seats since the last time he was here. I want everyone to know the last movie he saw here was The Blind Side.

    Jim McDermott · May 26, 2013
  • Jim M.

    I realized as I entered the theater I'm unconsciously hoping to see a fight.

    Jim McDermott · May 26, 2013
  • Jim M.

    I have a feeling I'm only at this movie because Snow Patrol was used in the trailer.

    Jim McDermott · May 26, 2013
  • Jay C.

    Vegan sausage at concessions.

    Jay Carney · May 2, 2013
  • Claudia H.

    You know I love my nephew because I just watched a Disney movie. At least it was an independent, Neighborhood movie theater.

    Claudia HT · June 30, 2012
  • Dale T.

    Cheap indy and "prestige" movies! Refillable large popcorns and sodas! A favorite during awards season when you can watch the Golden Globes and Oscars on the big screen for $10.

    Dale Tegman · June 1, 2012
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Movie/Dumpling Combination. Here’s something purportedly fun: going to the movies. Here’s something that’s actually fun: skipping the exha... Read more

    SF Weekly · May 31, 2012
  • Toby C.

    pregame across the street at Hockey Haven

    Toby C. · September 21, 2011
  • Alix J.

    They only accept cash no credit cards.

    Alix Jeffrey · September 2, 2011
  • Rob

    Great staff, good prices, but disgusting bathroom. If they could keep that clean, 100% score.

    Rob · June 4, 2011
  • Michelle W.

    Cash only!!

    Michelle Wetzler · May 16, 2011
  • Mike N.

    Daytime matinee is cheaper

    Mike Ng · April 27, 2011
  • Carol L.

    chilled junior mints! just ask for them :)

    Carol L. · April 6, 2011
  • Eli F.

    Such a deal ! First run movies and cheap tickets !

    Eli Felicitas · October 2, 2010
  • Lydia S.

    The Balboa has great first run movies for the cheapest ticket in town plus fresh popcorn and a totally funky vibe.

    Lydia Sugarman · August 15, 2009

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