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Embarcadero Center Cinema

Indie Movie Theater, Multiplex, and Movie Theater
Financial District, San Francisco
80 Tips and reviews
  • comfortable
  • films
  • independent theatres
  • popcorn
  • wine
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  • Jones
    JonesNovember 14, 2016
    Great place for indie films. Very modern, and well done. Bar with sports on tv while you wait, modern facilities and huge lazy boys to sit in. Also you can pre select your seats
  • Glo T.
    Glo TJune 2, 2016
    He took the time to layer my mixed popcorn - kettle, tradition, kettle, traditional. And the seats are so comfortable and adjustable!
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best independent theaters in SF. Unique selection of films, super comfy reserved seating and alcohol you can take in. I always watch the Oscar-nominated shorts here!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Art houses like this, sadly, are a dying breed, but thankfully the Landmark chain has kept the dream alive for a couple of decades now. The popcorn is passable and there are free popcorn seasonings. Read more
  • Dale T.
    Dale TegmanJune 1, 2012
    These are cramped spaces for films, but there is a lot of foreign and "high risk" fare that won't show anywhere else. Snack bar was first in SF to provide nutritional yeast for popcorn. Yay vegans!
  • Maria
    MariaDecember 30, 2016
    Get there early, get your ticket & reserve your recliner, buy a bottle of wine from the in-house bar and bring it into the theater with you. Amazingly comfortable.
  • Jason E.
    Jason EstiokoApril 26, 2013
    Very Tricky to find the Theater since the Embarcadero Center can be a maze if you are not living in SF. Great International Theater with spectacular scenery.
  • Eryn W.
    Eryn WellsJanuary 28, 2016
    Awesome viewing lounge. Lots of room to recline with a glass of wine and some tasty snacks. They usually have a great selection of films.
  • Taminator
    TaminatorNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Newly renovated with fully reclined seats, espresso drinks, great selections of food such as cajun fries, steak empanadas and kettle corn, and wines!
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ ONovember 28, 2016
    Unfortunate that Fandango purchases are not available but the comfortable seating and movie selection is worth it!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerJuly 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Seats in smaller auditoriums (4 and 5) are enormous and recline like crazy. This you're better off actually sitting further back or you'll be looking at the bottom 10% of the screen the whole movie.
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BarkerNovember 4, 2013
    Newly remodeled. You can now reserve specific seats. Concession stand has many new snacks. Finally another movie theater with kettle corn!
  • Pranay S.
    Pranay SethiNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The shows that are starred are screened in the lounge with reclining lazy boy chairs. Beautiful theater, beautiful selection of movies.
  • Wilson F.
    Small, cozy and home of independent and international cinema. Love the giant reclining seats and ability to bring booze inside.
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LoveDecember 31, 2013
    When purchasing a ticket on the Movie Vend-O-Tron be ready to catch it, otherwise it’ll be mechanically vomited onto the floor and you have to bend over to pick it up. And you with your bad back! Oy!
  • Joe D.
    Joe DMay 12, 2014
    This is easily the best theater on earth. Wine, electric reclining seats, Jr. size popcorn. I'm not worthy!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WrightSeptember 26, 2014
    The Screening Lounge screens are surprisingly big for how small the rooms are. Sitting any closer than the 3rd row results in awkward viewing angles.
  • J M.
    J MayaMarch 10, 2013
    They show amazing movies. But the cinemas are very small so be sure to arrive early so you can get a good seat.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SchrimshireNovember 10, 2013
    Their movie listings with a couch icon are the shows in auditoriums that have recliner seats.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinNovember 5, 2014
    The small rooms with the reclining seats are the nicest small theaters I've ever been in.
  • Conor O.
    Conor OSFebruary 28, 2014
    The only cinema I've been to where you can get nutritional yeast on your popcorn!
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LangFebruary 5, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to support awesome independent theatres like the Roxie, Balboa, 4 Star and the Vogue!
  • Nicky S.
    Nicky ShezNovember 17, 2014
    Cosy seats, cleaner, numbered seats. Great independent theatre :)
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioMarch 21, 2015
    New fully recline-able seats are great! My new favorite movie theater.
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenNovember 29, 2014
    Super convenient way to book and print tickets. Cool seats, cherry coke.
  • Daniel Patrick S.
    Daniel Patrick SimmonsSeptember 3, 2014
    Make sure to get a drink before heading into the theater, wine and beer only.
  • Alana W.
    Alana WashingtonFebruary 21, 2014
    Grab a glass of wine or a "fin du monde" from the lounge. Recline. Enjoy.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BelluominiNovember 15, 2014
    Remodeled and amazing! The leather loungers fully recline
  • Hugo E.
    Hugo EspinozaJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Theaters 4 & 5 have the sweet 1st Class fully reclining seats. Theaters 6 & 7 do not.
  • Arabella D.
    Arabella DavidOctober 13, 2014
    My prebooked seat reclines so far back I can't drink my wine! Wonderful problem!
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJune 4, 2016
    The couches are so comfortable. Such a good cinema experience.
  • Alexandra K.
    Alexandra KeninAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out their screening room for extra plush and roomy seats.
  • Naren T.
    Naren TSeptember 10, 2012
    The embarcadero center is a maze, be early not to miss your movie!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachMarch 8, 2014
    Get some beer, wine, or cider at reasonable prices and bring them to your assigned seats.
  • Hugo E.
    Hugo EspinozaJanuary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Southwest Spring Roll is surprisingly spicy & tasty.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LFebruary 8, 2012
    Love this theater- never super packed and clean. Always plays great movies!
  • Rolo T.
    Rolo T.November 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    See a movie in the new screening rooms. Comfortable, motorized recliners.
  • Nick D.
    Nick D'AmbrosiMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The best theater in San Francisco! Less busy than Kabuki
  • Danny S.
    Intimate, comfortable, just gr8
  • Xiao Y.
    Xiao YuOctober 26, 2014
    Haven't been to all the rooms but such a poor layout design. It's very long and narrow, basically the only wrong way of doing it.
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OchoaApril 26, 2016
    Movie lovers, great cinemas not for commercial movies
  • Nick D.
    Nick D'AmbrosiFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Mix the Kettle corn with the regular popcorn
  • T.LO
    T.LONovember 24, 2011
    A very calm place mature crowd interested in foreign films.
  • Tivon
    TivonAugust 19, 2011
    The movie selection...typically unheard of and awesome.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarSeptember 16, 2014
    Small theaters with cozy seats!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MartinDecember 24, 2014
    The front rows in here are waaaay to close to be useable. If that's all that's left, skip it.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 18, 2016
    Indie theater in the heart of SF.
  • Kurtiss H.
    Kurtiss HareNovember 7, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Some SF theaters have more interesting selection, some are better venues, but factor in both, and you'll find the Embarcadero Cinema to be a consistent (& sadly uncontested) winner
  • Jose Ricardo R.
    Jose Ricardo RiveroJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Take a moment to realize how much better than other theaters this one is.
  • Rosie K.
    Rosie KlahnMay 20, 2013
    Oh just go ahead and buy the large soda (diet, of course).
  • Annette L.
    Annette LeachFebruary 1, 2014
    Cool shirt film animations. Comfy seats!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzAugust 16, 2016
    A good place to check out the latest and greatest indie films.
  • erinsauce
    erinsauceJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink a beer in the lounge while you're waiting for the film to start.
  • Xiaoyu
    XiaoyuNovember 18, 2013
    Book in advance! Popular seats limited.
  • Ron
    RonAugust 17, 2015
    Great for indie films
  • Gahlord D.
    Gahlord DewaldSeptember 27, 2011
    Order espresso from the concessions stand.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BelluominiJune 22, 2013
    They have awesome vegan hotdogs
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgDecember 4, 2016
    See all your foreign and Oscar bait films here.
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to get the frozen Junior Mints!
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgDecember 4, 2016
    Assigned seating and wide legroom
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McGeheeFebruary 7, 2012
    Take the Shrim bath! It's amazing!
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BagnaniJuly 18, 2011
    Quality selection of independent films.
  • Matthew
    MatthewApril 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    decadent new seating.
  • c0uP
    c0uPNovember 2, 2013
    The "new" ticket machines look like they're running Windows 95.
  • OMG it's Mike!
    OMG it's Mike!September 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're reading this during the movie you are an asshole.
  • Edene M.
    Edene MatutinaJanuary 6, 2012
    Come early to get popcorn...
  • Jesse .
    Jesse 🙄September 3, 2012
    Save money on the ticket and bring your own seat! It's also fun to to watch a movie on your iPad during the main feature (remember to turn off your phone so you don't distract others).
  • Nils H.
    Nils HeymannFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great independent films
  • CJ
    CJMay 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They validate parking for 4 hours
  • robert E.
    robert EJanuary 27, 2012
    Can't wait to see Pariah!
  • Randy W.
    Randy WilsonAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Land Ho! Delightful.
  • David D.
    David DezernMay 1, 2011
    Turn OFF your cell phone!
  • Jamie
    JamieJuly 6, 2011
    Free advance screening of the first ep of Torchwood: Miracle Day!
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free movie posters in the lobby! 
  • Amit G.
    Amit GuptaOctober 17, 2010
    Put nutritional yeast on your popcorn!
  • Mauricio N.
    Mauricio NogueiraAugust 24, 2011
    Watching the new documentary SENNA!
  • michael c.
    michael chaftariMay 4, 2010
    Check the staff's top movies lists for dvd ideas.
  • AkirasDaddy
    AkirasDaddyJune 4, 2010
    See Banksy movie "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and shoutout!
  • Sam F.
    Sam FajnerJanuary 23, 2012
    With pleasure!
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanMarch 22, 2009
    Catch some late night movies sometime.
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