The Castro Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
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Built in 1922, the cathedral-like Castro Theatre is one of the country's oldest, and most recognizable, movie palaces. The theater – which turns 92 this year – continues to pay tribute to its history by mixing elements of old and new. Don't be surprised to see today's biggest box office hit playing alongside a restored French New Wave classic, followed by a Frozen sing-a-long.

Why It Stands Out: Though The Castro boasts state-of-the-art projection capabilities, it also honors the filmmaking medium itself. It's one of the few theaters that can both re-create an authentic silent film experience and project a 70mm film.