Embarcadero Center Cinema

Indie Movie Theater, Multiplex, and Movie Theater · Financial District
1 Embarcadero Ctr, Promenade Level (at Battery St), San Francisco, CA 94111, United States
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    • 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–Noon
    • 2:00 PM–10:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
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  • What you need to know
    "... steak empanadas and kettle corn, and wines!"(3 Tips)
    Jeff L.
    "awesome independent theatres like the Roxie"(2 Tips)
    Nils H.
    "Great independent films"(2 Tips)
    Daniel S.
    "Their movie listings with a couch icon are the shows in auditoriums"(2 Tips)
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  • Ron

    Great for indie films

    Ron · August 17
  • Brodie O.

    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!

    Brodie Olmstead · July 24
  • Sophyan J.

    New fully recline-able seats are great! My new favorite movie theater.

    Sophyan Julio · March 21
  • Nick D.

    The best theater in San Francisco! Less busy than Kabuki

    Nick D'Ambrosi · March 1
  • Nick D.

    Mix the Kettle corn with the regular popcorn

    Nick D'Ambrosi · February 15
  • erinsauce

    Drink a beer in the lounge while you're waiting for the film to start.

    erinsauce · January 28
  • Matt M.

    The front rows in here are waaaay to close to be useable. If that's all that's left, skip it.

    Matt Martin · December 24, 2014
  • Pranay S.

    The shows that are starred are screened in the lounge with reclining lazy boy chairs. Beautiful theater, beautiful selection of movies.

    Pranay Sethi · November 30, 2014
  • Andrey K.

    Super convenient way to book and print tickets. Cool seats, cherry coke.

    Andrey Klen · November 29, 2014
  • Nicky S.

    Cosy seats, cleaner, numbered seats. Great independent theatre :)

    Nicky Shez · November 17, 2014
  • Jessica B.

    Remodeled and amazing! The leather loungers fully recline

    Jessica Belluomini · November 15, 2014
  • Brian L.

    The small rooms with the reclining seats are the nicest small theaters I've ever been in.

    Brian Longtin · November 5, 2014
  • Xiao Y.

    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.

    Xiao Yu · October 26, 2014
  • Arabella D.

    My prebooked seat reclines so far back I can't drink my wine! Wonderful problem!

    Arabella David · October 13, 2014
  • Matt W.

    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.

    Matt Wright · September 26, 2014
  • Nicole A.

    Small theaters with cozy seats!

    Nicole Aptekar · September 16, 2014
  • Daniel Patrick S.

    Make sure to get a drink before heading into the theater, wine and beer only.

    Daniel Patrick Simmons · September 3, 2014
  • Alexandra K.

    Check out their screening room for extra plush and roomy seats.

    Alexandra Kenin · August 23, 2014
  • SFist

    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

    SFist · August 3, 2014
  • Randy W.

    Land Ho! Delightful.

    Randy Wilson · August 1, 2014
  • Kevin S.

    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.

    Kevin Smokler · July 5, 2014
  • Joe D.

    This is easily the best theater on earth. Wine, electric reclining seats, Jr. size popcorn. I'm not worthy!

    Joe Dudas · May 12, 2014
  • Matthew

    decadent new seating.

    Matthew · April 9, 2014
  • Omer Z.

    Get some beer, wine, or cider at reasonable prices and bring them to your assigned seats.

    Omer Zach · March 8, 2014
  • Conor O.

    The only cinema I've been to where you can get nutritional yeast on your popcorn!

    Conor OS · February 28, 2014
  • Alana W.

    Grab a glass of wine or a "fin du monde" from the lounge. Recline. Enjoy.

    Alana Washington · February 21, 2014
  • Jeff L.

    Don't forget to support awesome independent theatres like the Roxie, Balboa, 4 Star and the Vogue!

    Jeff Lang · February 5, 2014
  • Annette L.

    Cool shirt film animations. Comfy seats!

    Annette Leach · February 1, 2014
  • Hugo E.

    Theaters 4 & 5 have the sweet 1st Class fully reclining seats. Theaters 6 & 7 do not.

    Hugo Espinoza · January 3, 2014
  • Hugo E.

    Southwest Spring Roll is surprisingly spicy & tasty.

    Hugo Espinoza · January 2, 2014
  • Joshua L.

    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!

    Joshua Love · December 31, 2013
  • Rolo T.

    See a movie in the new screening rooms. Comfortable, motorized recliners.

    Rolo T. · November 25, 2013
  • Xiaoyu

    Book in advance! Popular seats limited.

    Xiaoyu · November 18, 2013
  • Daniel S.

    Their movie listings with a couch icon are the shows in auditoriums that have recliner seats.

    Daniel Schrimshire · November 10, 2013
  • Adrian B.

    Newly remodeled. You can now reserve specific seats. Concession stand has many new snacks. Finally another movie theater with kettle corn!

    Adrian Barker · November 4, 2013
  • Taminator

    Newly renovated with fully reclined seats, espresso drinks, great selections of food such as cajun fries, steak empanadas and kettle corn, and wines!

    Taminator · November 2, 2013
  • c0uP

    The "new" ticket machines look like they're running Windows 95.

    c0uP · November 2, 2013
  • Jessica B.

    They have awesome vegan hotdogs

    Jessica Belluomini · June 22, 2013
  • Rosie K.

    Oh just go ahead and buy the large soda (diet, of course).

    Rosie Klahn · May 20, 2013
  • Jason E.

    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.

    Jason Estioko · April 26, 2013
  • Jorge Luis M.

    They show amazing movies. But the cinemas are very small so be sure to arrive early so you can get a good seat.

    Jorge Luis Maya · March 10, 2013
  • Nils H.

    Great independent films

    Nils Heymann · February 25, 2013
  • OMG it's Mike!

    If you're reading this during the movie you are an asshole.

    OMG it's Mike! · September 18, 2012
  • Naren T.

    The embarcadero center is a maze, be early not to miss your movie!

    Naren T · September 10, 2012
  • Jesse B.

    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).

    Jesse Bounds · September 3, 2012
  • Dale T.

    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!

    Dale Tegman · June 1, 2012
  • Ashley L.

    Love this theater- never super packed and clean. Always plays great movies!

    Ashley L · February 8, 2012
  • Daniel M.

    Take the Shrim bath! It's amazing!

    Daniel McGehee · February 7, 2012
  • robert e.

    Can't wait to see Pariah!

    robert evans · January 27, 2012
  • Sam F.

    With pleasure!

    Sam Fajner · January 23, 2012

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