Guide to the Festival

San Francisco

The iconic Castro Theatre is the setting for the majority of Festival screenings. See and be seen beneath the landmark chandelier, settle into the plush seats, and cozy up in the balcony for eleven days of LGBTQ films from around the world. And arrive early! Locals know not to miss the thrill of the Mighty Wurlitzer organ that sets the scene before the lights dim and the films roll.

Over in the Mission District, filmmakers and audiences get up close and personal at the renowned Roxie Theater and Victoria Theatre for screenings and Q&A sessions amidst the neighborhood's only-in-SF vibe.

Close proximity among these venues – and tons of great restaurant choices in between – helps you make the most of your Festival days and nights.


The Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood, "Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre," is a charming art-deco showpiece that anchors a thriving area full of unique shops and delicious dining options – perfect for an evening on the town!


The Landmark Theatres Piedmont , the oldest operating movie theatre in the city of Oakland, is now the Festival's newest home! Its warm atmosphere infuses the rest of Piedmont Avenue's eclectic establishments, where you'll find the ideal place to shop or dine before the show.