CGV Cinemas San Francisco

1000 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, CGV Cinemas USA

Firms: STK Architects, TK Architects

Previous Names: AMC 1000 Van Ness

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CGV Cinemas San Francisco

This stadium-styled multiplex is perhaps best-distinguished by the use of a particularly ornate showroom of a former auto dealership as its grand lobby (though the cinemas themselves are new construction annexed to the older building). The AMC 1000 Van Ness multiplex opened on July 10, 1998, with seating listed at 3,146. It was closed on February 7, 2019. In was taken over by The Korean based CJ CGV chain in April 2019 and is being restored/renovated to the plans of architectural firm TK Architects. It reopened on September 2, 2021 as CGV Cinemas San Francisco. The theatre has since added IMAX, 4DX & Screen X screens. It was closed on February 28, 2023.

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terrywade on April 20, 2019 at 2:56 am

A brand new cinema theatre company from Koren chain CJ CGV will take over the former AMC spot on Van Ness in 2020. They will feature SF’s first 4D and EX cinemas plus a giant curved screen any many other special extras that AMC & Century don’t offer in SF. They have two spots in Southern CA at this time. So glad the place will become a movie theatre again.

terrywade on April 20, 2019 at 3:26 am

I have been told this new South Korean cinema company does very well in the LA area because they offer cinema treats that the local chains don’t bother to offer. It will be fun to see a movie in 4D & EX in the San Francisco CA area in 2020!

MovieTix86 on October 29, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Official Facebook page for CGV Van Ness 14:

CJ CGV doesn’t usually install recliners in all of their cinema auditoriums but we’ll see what happens. CGV Buena Park only has them in their Premium Cinema auditoriums and that’s how I expect Van Ness will be.

As terrywade mentioned, they are also known for their flavored popcorn and other concession items.

The FB page has confirmed 4DX and ScreenX premium formats for the theater.

CJ CGV has their own large format auditorium called Starium, which is installed in some of their locations in South Korea and East Asia. The largest Starium auditorium in Seoul uses Christie laser projectors and Dolby Atmos sound:

We’ll see if they bring that over to one of the large auditoriums at Van Ness. It seems like they’ll be focusing more on the general theatre renovation and other premium formats, which already cost quite a bit.

Larry Wilson
Larry Wilson on March 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

Did AMC (or anyone else, for that matter) ever offer a more detailed explanation as to why they just shut down out of the blue like that? The only movie I ever got to see there was “13 Days,” and it seemed a decent enough screen.

terrywade on September 11, 2021 at 1:00 am

The former AMC Van Ness Theatre has been fixed up with all the new gadgets like 4DX but It still sits closed after all these years. CJ CGV Cinemas I think dropped out of this SF location. Some one needs to take over this movie spot in SF. No other cinemas in this prime area of San Francisco.

stevenj on September 11, 2021 at 4:21 am

This theater reopened Sept 3. The new name is CGV Cinemas San Francisco. There are 2 other CGV Cinemas in California. One is in Buena Park, the other in Los Angeles.

The website is Here

Currently tickets for 6 films are being sold on Fandango in 8 of it’s screening rooms.

ridethectrain on May 5, 2022 at 4:48 pm

Please update, total seats 2099, theatre includes IMAX, 4DX and Screen X

ridethectrain on February 21, 2023 at 2:57 am

Please update, theatre closing on February 28, 2023.

m00se1111 on February 21, 2023 at 1:17 pm

Here is the info about the closing from the Chronicle.

m00se1111 on March 23, 2023 at 12:23 am

This theatre complex will temporarily re-open to host the SF Film Festival, April 13-23

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