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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Movie Theater
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 13, 2018
    Best. Movie. Theater. Ever! Any theater with wings,the breakfast burger,deviled eggs an awesome beer list,great cocktails and a solid whisk(e)y menu is top of my list.
    Upvoted Apr 28
  • Martin A.
    Martin AnguloJuly 15, 2018
    Check out the bar before your movie starts. A great way to kill time without having to leave the venue. Awesome and friendly employees.
  • Kirk H.heart icon on user image
    Kirk HerlitzJanuary 12, 2016
    If you get there early, as they suggest, save yourself some time and get a drink at the bar, rather than waiting for service in the theater. It can be pretty slow with everyone piling in at once.
  • Lee H.heart icon on user image
    Lee HuffordJune 2, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    What's good here? Freaking Everything!!! Almost through the entire food menu & beer selection, though, it is all good!!! FYI, you must try the Alcoholic Milk Shakes!!! My Fav is The El Rey, OMG!!!
  • Kyle M.heart icon on user image
    Kyle MeyerFebruary 13, 2016
    Better places exist for actually watching a movie—the at your seat service ends up making it hard to stay focused on what you actually came for. Beautiful theater, food is eh, beer list is great.
  • Jordan F.heart icon on user image
    Jordan FineDecember 21, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful theatre with comfortable seats and a great food/beer selection. Big fan of the Texas locations, excited to see what's to come in the future here! Suggest the popcorn 👍🏻👍🏻
  • Andy L.heart icon on user image
    Andy LeeSeptember 5, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    Boozy milkshakes and amazing cocktails! Super friendly staff and servers. Incredible movie lineup. Some smaller intimate theaters and a state-of-the-art large theater. This place is extremely special!
  • Marisa L.heart icon on user image
    Marisa LownApril 10, 2016
    A bit pricey but a beautiful renovated theater. If you arrive early, grab a drink in the bar before your show. (No food served at the bar though.)
  • Josh P.heart icon on user image
    Josh PylesAugust 22, 2018
    Been here 50+ times
    The best movie watching experience around. Delicious snacks and drinks (including alcohol) delivered straight to your seat! Don’t miss the truffle popcorn.
  • Kemp M.heart icon on user image
    Kemp MullaneyDecember 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great theater and terrific beer! Get a 22 oz beer. Fewer trips for your server, and more time to enjoy the movie.
  • Laurence B.heart icon on user image
    Laurence BJanuary 10, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    This is how movie theaters should be. Reserved seats. Food and drink brought to your seat whenever you want. Real butter on the popcorn.
  • Adena B.heart icon on user image
    Adena BrenowitzAugust 7, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Love Alamo! Food is great. Good beer selection. Pro tip: Popcorn is HUGE so ask for a box to bring the leftovers home.
  • Ali U.heart icon on user image
    Ali Uro-MayJune 5, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    I will only watch movies in a theater if it has full menu and bar service now. Such a fun experience and the food and drinks are great. Their new burrata pizza is super yummy.
  • Kyle W.heart icon on user image
    Kyle WildDecember 31, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Go here for a boozy brunch with a movie throughout. Tips: arrive 20 minutes before showtime, and pre-write your second order card so you don't have to think mid-film -- you can just raise it!
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Main theatre is beautiful and the selection varies from blockbusters to independent film. The "at your seat" food and drinks concept is fun though it detracts from the film and the food is passable.
  • Kirk H.heart icon on user image
    Kirk HerlitzOctober 13, 2018
    They've really perfected the movie going experience. You never have to wait in line for anything if you buy your tickets in advance from their app. Go to your seats and they take it from there!
  • Peggyheart icon on user image
    PeggyOctober 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The cookies in the Cookie Trio are really good, especially the peanut butter and banana! Good for one person to enjoy throughout a movie or for 2-3 people to split.
  • Gene X.heart icon on user image
    Gene XNovember 25, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Go up to the mezzanine to play pinball including The Big Lebowski pinball!
  • Barbara S.heart icon on user image
    Barbara StephensonJune 25, 2022
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure to get there a half hour before show time to watch the special screen content that Alamo puts together, sometimes it's even better than the movie!
  • cami j.heart icon on user image
    cami j.February 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    the theater is gorgeous, and it's pretty fun to drink a beer while watching movies on the big screen. new favorite movie theater in the city.
  • Renée V.heart icon on user image
    Renée VargasMarch 2, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Eagles dream boozy milkshake + Parmesan truffle popcorn. And turn your damn phone OFF!
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MartinMay 8, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Not only is Alamo my go-to theater in San Francisco, but’s one of my favorite places in all the city. Pinball, a great bar, video rentals...it’s such a great place. Check out Terror Tuesdays!
  • Peter R.heart icon on user image
    Peter RuzevichAugust 7, 2017
    Favorite movie theater hands down. The food is the best I've had in a theater (take that Kabuki) and worth the exorbitant price as tickets are cheaper (take that AMC). Love this place.
  • Christian B.heart icon on user image
    Christian BakerApril 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Super glad to see them host Lost Weekend. Hated seeing them go down in the bougie Mission flames. The theatre itself is exemplary. The cookie trio may be the best value on the menu.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellOctober 21, 2019
    One of the best cinemas in SF hands down. Food & alcohol service to your seat throughout the show. Some movies even have their own speciality menu items.
  • Danielle D.heart icon on user image
    Danielle DavisAugust 18, 2017
    My favorite cinema ever. Super comfy chairs, food and drink served to you throughout the film and an overall great artsy vibe. Far superior to your standard movie theatre.
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan CrawfordJune 21, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the queso if it’s your first time! Then the buffalo cauliflower. Pro tip: Always order waters with your order for free!
  • Chris
    ChrisDecember 30, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Wizard of Oz is the must play machine here to check out the cutting edge of pinball tech. They also have Pinball Magic which is cheeky and fun 90s era machine.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RMarch 18, 2017
    Top quality movie theater with comfy reservable seats, food to order, and drinks. Ideal for a date night.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneAugust 8, 2018
    Buffalo cauliflower & beet salad. Architectural gem. Small pinball section and cocktail bar within.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YeungJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Shaved brussels sprouts salad is my favorite, and also big enough to share. (Aside, the pear salad was about half the size.)
  • Brodie O.heart icon on user image
    Brodie OlmsteadNovember 27, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the movie selection - old and new. The cocktails and food are awesome, but the service is consistently off. Long wait, other people's food, wrong check, no check - too many things to count.
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    MadDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Besides of the awesomeness of getting Alamo Drafthouse in California, the salads are big enough to share so get one, some wings and a milkshake. Dinner for two!
  • Trace D.heart icon on user image
    Trace D.May 29, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    All the theaters have wonderful silver screen goodness, and the smaller ones are larger than you think! The food is 💯 and the staff are lovely. I love this theater!
  • Ryan L.heart icon on user image
    Ryan LeggettDecember 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Awesome place to see a movie. Great projection and sound. Full service at your seat. Delicious food and drinks, and very friendly staff.
  • Timothy C.heart icon on user image
    Timothy CavanaughMay 18, 2016
    Beautifully restored building, reserved seats (w/ small table) plenty of space between rows, table service (food & drink)...what's not to love?
  • Greg S.heart icon on user image
    Greg StephensonNovember 26, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place!! Fun to grab a cocktail in the bar before catching a good movie in comfy seats whilst eating great food
  • Jenny
    JennyMarch 14, 2016
    Overpriced but tasty food, the only place in SF where I've seen Nashville hot chicken, great beer/beverage list, $3 cans of beer, giant comfy seats
  • Barbara S.heart icon on user image
    Barbara StephensonOctober 27, 2021
    Been here 50+ times
    Comfortable seats, the largest popcorn serving known to man, and always worth getting there early to watch the pre-movie content.
  • Peter B.heart icon on user image
    Peter BoltonAugust 7, 2018
    Excellent and beautified place to watch a film, have a beer with friends and play pinball.
  • Rob A.heart icon on user image
    Rob AtkinsonOctober 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    New seats, great food and drink. I can't go back to other theaters now. Look out for the special events during the week
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengMay 15, 2022
    best dine in theater in the city
  • Ingrid F.
    Ingrid FraserMay 28, 2016
    Don't eat the pear salad, it was the worst salad I have had at any eatery. The popcorn with the truffle and parmesan is amazing! Our server was good as well!
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyMarch 5, 2017
    This place has all the things you want, beer, food, and films. However, it's so expensive and the food comes out like warm. The only plus is the reserved seating.
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LongtinDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful place and excellent menu. Raising the bar for theaters in SF.
  • Craig V.heart icon on user image
    Craig VillamorAugust 6, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Doesn't cost any more than a regular theater, but they have big comfy seats and they serve food & BEER!
  • Jymmi J.heart icon on user image
    Jymmi JamesFebruary 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the three flowers IPA. Delicious!
  • c0uPheart icon on user image
    c0uPJanuary 9, 2016
    Gorgeous interior, projection and sound. The love of cinema is evident in many details.
  • Kathryn G.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn GonzalezMarch 7, 2016
    Lovely theater, with delicious truffle parmesan popcorn.
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan ChinchillaJune 8, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite theaters in SF. The cobb salad, buffalo cauliflower, and milkshakes.
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