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Century 12 San Mateo

Multiplex and Movie Theater
Downtown San Mateo, San Mateo
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  • Srikanth J.
    Srikanth JandhyalaJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Smaller screens but sure to get a ticket for blockbusters on same day too and lots of free parking space near the theater and under the caltrain station. Great downtown to have dinner before movie.
  • PersonalTraining S.
    PersonalTraining SFJune 12, 2011
    Did you know that movie theater popcorn has the equivalent of 3 days of saturated fat? 1200-1400 calories!! Visit personaltraningSF.com. Serving San Mateo County.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Asha S.
    Asha ServiaDecember 4, 2010
    Neighborhood theater w/a slightly older feel. Plus side: you'll often find that older movies you missed at the premium theaters are still playing here. Buy your tickets for close to 1/2 off at Costco.
  • Minda C.
    Minda CalaguiNovember 17, 2013
    Parking is terrible after six since it's free! I suggest watching earlier shows or be prepared to drive around for hours looking for parking.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJuly 2, 2016
    Lots of street parking after 6pm you don't have to pay for the meters or parking!
  • jeriann f.
    jeriann fleresNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Put your phone on cinemode for free gifts. I just got a free medium soda and. Free hotdog!
  • Kate T.
    Kate T.December 26, 2013
    Each room is tiny! Reasons like this are why I'd rather go to AMC. Only reason I'm here really, is because I have free movie tix for this theater.
  • Varun
    VarunJuly 20, 2015
    Small theatre, small screens. They do take Fandango though, so buy your tickets on the app and bypass the lines.
  • Richard L.
    Richard LiuAugust 13, 2010
    Pre purchase tix from costco for cheap. Get there early on weekends to make sure you can get a good seat.
  • Alibek D.
    Alibek DatbayevAugust 13, 2014
    You can purchase tickets through Fandango or Cinemark apps/online on website and just bring the QR-code/confirmation code.
  • Ellyn
    EllynMay 15, 2016
    Give yourself plenty of time to park and buy tickets on Saturday nights.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AlbaMay 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Century should invest in this downtown theater rather than building some new theater at Hillsdale.
  • Wayne L.
    Wayne LeeJune 4, 2012
    Returned tickets for movie I could no longer go see. Very quick and friendly.
  • Jonathan Hernan C.
    Jonathan Hernan CarrilloMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This is where I see movies, that is closer to my home.
  • Susan W.
    Susan WilhiteOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The occassional rumbling is not sound effects from the film next door, but Caltrain slamming through town.
  • PersonalTraining S.
    PersonalTraining SFJune 12, 2011
    Park near the train station behind the theater. ;) personaltrainingSF.com serving San Mateo.
  • Alvin W.
    Alvin WongJanuary 17, 2012
    Stupidly small theater!!!! If you don't get here early, you'll end up in the front row!
  • Ashwin
    AshwinNovember 17, 2012
    Grab a slice of New York Pizza just outside the theater.
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BMarch 31, 2012
    Biggest movie has the smallest theater. Dissappointed!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie Sorensen-SegelAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    FREE PARKING on Sundays! Add the "early bird" show, and it's almost affordable to go to the movies!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BuckleyFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Early bird weekend showings a bargain day out if you have early-rising kids.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CarringtonAugust 31, 2010
    Ask for a youth or senior citizen ticket. Sometimes it works to get in cheaper
  • Rahul A.
    Rahul AroraJuly 12, 2013
    Not a single soul around at 1pm. Try avoiding late night shows in the area.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShiJuly 7, 2012
    Buy tickets from Costco for $8. 32% cheaper.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AlbaJanuary 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Take Caltrain to the movies and leave the car at home!
  • DJLYRiQ
    DJLYRiQJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go out through the exit near the screen to avoid the crowd!
  • Evan D.
    Evan DavisDecember 23, 2014
    Milkshakes at the concession stand!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BledsoeSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get Sushi at Tenka before Movie. It's great
  • Pat H.
    Pat HealyAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early to get a good seat for new releases!
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RodriguezDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The line is insane! Fandango from your phone to bypass the line!
  • J Alexander B.
    J Alexander B.October 7, 2012
    Try the motion pictures!
  • Ivan K.
    Ivan KukardDecember 18, 2011
    This is certainly NOT your mainstrean SK-type cinema
  • Burgess N.
    Burgess N.July 4, 2010
    Overpriced...movie was all messed up in the beginning. One light went on in the middle of the movie and stayed on for about 5 minutes...very distracting.
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    Happy New Years 2012 to all my movie goers.
  • Yvette M.
    Yvette MazonAugust 5, 2013
    Very entertaining movie 2 Guns
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WilkasMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good location
  • Edgar C.
    Edgar ChuangMay 25, 2011
    Don't get the bulk candy, $11 per pound!!
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan CollinsJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The pre show advertising is too loud.
  • Oisin M.
    Oisin McguiganJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    bring your own food! food here is awful!!!
  • Betsey T.
    Betsey TerryMay 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a slice of pizza at golden boy first
  • Michael M.
    Michael MorrisMay 17, 2010
    If you watch Iron Man 2 stick around for the movie credits.
  • Jordy F.
    Jordy FJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a burrito at tres amigos first
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan CollinsJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    What with the big bright light during the previews?
  • lahna
    lahnaAugust 30, 2010
    nice seats.
  • Jack D.
    Jack DeVriesAugust 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Brazenly walk in with snacks from outside. Damn the man.
  • αηηῘє 
    αηηῘє April 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    seats are horrible
  • Ron M.
    Ron M.May 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Watching Iron Man2
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HoughtellingJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm a banana.
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