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Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

(Now Closed)
Movie Theater, Indie Movie Theater, and Multiplex
Japantown, San Francisco
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  • Matt W.
    "Theater 1 balcony, drink in hand = one of the best spots in sf"(38 Tips)
    M.G. S.
    "Best movie theater in San Francisco, without question."(4 Tips)
    Ira S.
    "Very comfortable seats and looks to be a great evening"(12 Tips)
    IFC
    "SF: Reserved seating, cocktails, popcorn with REAL butter."(14 Tips)
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  • Kian L.
    Kian Lavi1 week ago
    Can't speak about the AMC that's replaced it, but the Kabuki was once our go-to for $6 Tuesdays.
  • Kim D.
    No longer the Sundance Kabuki. It's now owned by AMC, and they no longer validate parking if you park in Japantown. ☹️ they play ads before movies, and service isn't as good as before.
  • Oscar S.
    Oscar SalazarDecember 23, 2016
    Fancy cinemas
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WellsNovember 26, 2016
    Theater 3 is next to a karaoke lounge. We could hear sound bleed several times during our evening screening. Asked manager for refund. Sundance you can do better for $16.50/ticket.
  • Ann S.
    Ann SwellcityguideOctober 1, 2016
    Reserved seating and drinks 🍹 great place to catch a movie.
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeJuly 18, 2016
    Great a drink at the balcony bar before watching a film. There's a nice atmosphere in the big atrium.
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviJuly 13, 2016
    Love the 21+ balcony
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30, 2016
    The movie starts exactly at the time stated, the trailers come before that time. So don't be late! Alcohol and food served in the top-floor bar.
  • Nana
    NanaJune 30, 2016
    Fun place but $33 for 2 tickets? What?????
  • Szabolcs B.
    Szabolcs BokonyiJune 22, 2016
    The cinema is an ok place with nothing special but the snacks prices were shocking.
  • DJ C.
    DJ CapobiancoJune 9, 2016
    Fav place to see a movie in the city
  • Jonny Y.
    Jonny YoungMay 15, 2016
    you can bring drinks from the upstairs bar into the theater
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChiuApril 12, 2016
    Reserving a seat for a movie
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Get a bottle of wine and enjoy a movie
  • Mansi S.
    Mansi ShahMarch 3, 2016
    You can only drink in the upstairs area which we didn't know when we bought the tickets -_-
  • Tom L.
    Tom LianzaFebruary 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Booze in the balcony
  • Christian F.
    Christian FengFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Pick your own seat! A little pricey but worth the tradeoff.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 17, 2016
    Chicken strips with Frank's Red Sauce are so good.
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoJanuary 11, 2016
    Come early to grab a drink and lounge before your movie.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJanuary 7, 2016
    Good food (for a movie theater), cocktails, and no kids makes for a fun movie going experience.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HaeusslerJanuary 7, 2016
    Comfortable seats! Great date spot
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Great seats and friendly staff.
  • Ava
    AvaJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    chairs are super comfortable! one of the theaters is 21+ and you can take your drinks into the film with you
  • Colin B.
    Colin BrownDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The balcony seating is the best because your can buy alcohol.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsDecember 7, 2015
    Really comfortable seats and a great selection of films that you won't find at the average Cineplex.
  • Cormac R.
    Cormac RiordanDecember 1, 2015
    Simply the best.
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroNovember 24, 2015
    Love the assigned seats! A godsend!
  • Rolo T.
    Rolo T.November 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Seat G13 in balcony, auditorium 1, is easy to get to, but does not have a table to place your wine bottles or good baskets on
  • Gustaf A.
    Gustaf AlstromerNovember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cinema in town
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseOctober 24, 2015
    A few extra dollars for a more comfortable experience than most, with reserved seating. Cocktails.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MelnykOctober 21, 2015
    Yay for real butter!
  • Charles A.
    Charles AxelbaumOctober 11, 2015
    Really good stuff.rooms not too big.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsOctober 7, 2015
    Seats are assigned, but don't delay getting to the theater. Very few coming attractions, if any.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FisterOctober 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Reserved seating and decent food
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangSeptember 16, 2015
    Kind of pricey. But you get to choose your seats and drink alcohol in the theater
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChenSeptember 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for dates! Balcony seating is designed to be enjoyed in pairs and there's an enjoyable assortment of wine and food :)
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyAugust 31, 2015
    Comfy seats! Need better popcorn and candy options tho
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangAugust 16, 2015
    There is a secret bar (less crowded) on the second floor!
  • kev/null
    kev/nullAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A place you can get alcohol and assigned seats. Don't forget your ID though!
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Most folks respect the reserved seating assignments. Have an adult beverage upstairs.
  • Clare
    ClareJuly 23, 2015
    nice theater, disgusting bathrooms
  • Karina v.
    Karina van SchaardenburgJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken fingers come with crudités, which are SUPER AWKWARD to eat during a movie. Avoid. Oh also, drink the movie themed cocktails!
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJuly 11, 2015
    Love the comfy seats. Get tix early to reserve the best ones (aka not the ones all the way to the left)
  • Neil B.
    Neil BuckmanJune 26, 2015
    Use the digital kiosk for tickets to skip the line.
  • Bete P.
    Bete PessoaJune 14, 2015
    It's a fun place to meet with a big group of people.
  • Bete P.
    Bete PessoaJune 14, 2015
    Best place to watch a movie while sipping a nice glass of wine.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewMay 23, 2015
    Reserved Seating! Book tickets early.
  • Anastasiia P.
    Anastasiia PerervaMay 11, 2015
    lovely cinema ^_^
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa ReisorMay 9, 2015
    Wine & beer is a must
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SerkinMay 5, 2015
    Heart this place! Wonderful way to go catch a movie!
  • EriC B.
    EriC B.February 16, 2015
    Beer w/ movie popcorn:-D :-D
  • Jordan C.
    Jordan CrookFebruary 7, 2015
    A rather luxurious theater in SF
  • Xavier F.
    Xavier FouilleuxJanuary 18, 2015
    Beer & movies
  • Reesa K.
    Reesa KashukJanuary 15, 2015
    The best theater with the most comfortable seats. Feels like an elevated movie-going experience. Perfect theater for a date night.
  • Khoa M.
    Khoa MaJanuary 11, 2015
    The only theater you should see a movie at in San Francisco. Pick your own seat and get a drink dilivered to you!
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a stamp machine for parking validation near the entrance.
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenDecember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't really shut the lights off completely during a movie. Not sure it's a good thing. Hot dogs are disastrous.
  • Rick M.
    Rick MotzkoDecember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty nice theater, love the assigned seating and booze :)
  • Andrea L.
    Andrea LimasDecember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Relaxing movies with the booze!
  • Caitlin G.
    Caitlin GarlowNovember 29, 2014
    Go to a movie in the balcony. Great seating and drinks.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MillerNovember 24, 2014
    The 21+ cinema is a super fun way to unwind and sip some cocktails while you watch your movie.
  • Jon L.
    Jon LiNovember 23, 2014
    great place to visit if you plan to sit for a few hours.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyNovember 21, 2014
    Sneak booze into the theater if you're on the right floor, the bar is too expensive and the wine too subpar.
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BarrettNovember 15, 2014
    Love that seats are reserved in advance. Real butter on the popcorn is also key. Lastly, a bar in the balcony for drinks during the movie? Might be the best theater in San Francisco.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 6, 2014
    Bonus points because they brew coffee beans by Peet's Coffee. Definitely a good to know when in need of coffee to substitute soda.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LayOctober 22, 2014
    My fav theater in SF. Sadly it's not near a train line. There's parking nearby at the hotel. Popcorn is decent, alcohol is served at many showings. The balconies are the place to sit. Assigned seats.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerSeptember 21, 2014
    Concession stand and comfortable seats
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to see movies in the city. Grab a beer and a balcony seat.
  • Claudine C.
    Claudine CoAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Now serving Humphrey Slocombe ice cream!
  • Dmitri S.
    Dmitri SkjorshammerAugust 28, 2014
    Great customer service. The theater has comfortable seats. There's a balcony section that allows alcohol.
  • David B.
    David BullAugust 25, 2014
    Balcony is 21+ so you can enjoy a beer or wine with your movie.
  • Jarrod B.
    Jarrod BallouAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for your popcorn layered- they'll put butter in the middle and then more on the top.
  • John D.
    John DohertyAugust 20, 2014
    Get beer and go to your movie. You're welcome.
  • Spoon C.
    Spoon CarvalhoAugust 20, 2014
    Assign seats, adult beverages, what more can you ask for!
  • Adriano C.
    Adriano ChiarettaAugust 19, 2014
    Lots of beverage options, including a number of fruit smoothies
  • Matt J.
    Matt JoachimAugust 10, 2014
    Best movie theater in San Francisco when you consider the seat quality / layout, bar options and medium sized crowds.
  • Elizabeth A.
    Elizabeth AgnewAugust 10, 2014
    Love drinking good wine and watching a movie at this cinema
  • Scott S.
    Scott SnyderAugust 7, 2014
    Order ahead online and get reserved seats!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink a cocktail on the balcony.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The seats are mad comfy, with drink holders and sometimes little table surfaces in between, because they serve food too! And there are cocktails and beer. Need we say more? Read more
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongAugust 2, 2014
    Must buy tickets and select your seats in advance. You can bring alcohol (beer was $13) and food in. They also offer Humphry's Slocombe ice cream there for $6 for a half pint.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaJuly 29, 2014
    Assigned seating so make sure you buy tickets together with your friends.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 29, 2014
    Is there anything better than drinking in a movie theater? The answer is no. The 21+ section also prevents people from smuggling their babies into rated R indie films.
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerJuly 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best movie theater in San Francisco, without question. They also now serve tater tots every day!
  • Lawrence G.
    Lawrence GordonJuly 19, 2014
    The bathrooms need a remodel.
  • Mimi Z.
    Mimi ZJune 1, 2014
    You won't be disappointed!
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PolettoMay 26, 2014
    My favorite place to see a movie. Buy tickets online in advance because seating is reserved. Some theaters are 21+, which means you can enjoy the film with a beer/cocktail in hand.
  • Myke M.
    Myke MansbergerMay 24, 2014
    Don't sit in the front row of the balcony. There's a bar, but not the drinking kind.
  • Cameo W.
    Cameo WoodMay 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The pizza and chicken tenders are excellent! The best bottle of wine is the director's cut.
  • Austin S.
    Austin SpiresMay 15, 2014
    Bar + good movie = shamazing
  • Jina A.
    Jina AnneApril 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Double check you got 21&up seats if you wanna drink.
  • Eli B.
    Eli BrumbaughMarch 31, 2014
    Great final film from a brilliant director. Fantastic allegory of the modern world's appetite for war.
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bartender is slow as shit. Hey we're trying to catch a movie here plz hurry
  • Liz
    LizFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you buy your drinks at the 3rd floor bar and your movie is on the 2nd floor for a 21+ show, take the elevator. You can't bring your drinks through the front at the 2nd floor.
  • megan
    meganJanuary 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Come for the movies, stay for the tater tots
  • Giv
    GivJanuary 21, 2014
    Organic ice cream
  • Marco
    MarcoDecember 31, 2013
    WATCH OUT FOR MICE - that place has plenty. They are attracted by the food that is on the floor (popcorn and stuff), why don't they clean it? It's disgusting. Not going there anymore.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Very expensive. But nicest theater in town with assigned seats. Show up early. Get seats. Hang out and drink and eat.
  • George K.
    George KellyDecember 29, 2013
    You can order Irish coffee at the bar, or you could get coffee at the refreshment counter and a shot of whiskey at the bar: your move
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithDecember 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be prepared to watch Wolf Of Wall Street for 3 hours. Because that's how long it lasts.
  • Paula M.
    Paula MacedoApril 6, 2014
    \o/ yeahhhhh
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