"Top 10 Bay Area Movie Theatres (#3)"SF Weekly (August, 2012)
"One of San Francisco’s Best Movie Theaters"Moviefone.com (February, 2010)
"Best Spot for a Rainy-Day Matinee"7x7 Magazine (June, 2007)
"Best Movie Theatre for Making Out"San Francisco Magazine (July, 2004)

2261 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 561-9921
Parking is available on surrounding neighborhood streets.

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Advance Tickets and Landmark Discount Cards may also be purchased in person at the Clay Box Office during normal business hours. Stop by or call for details.

1 Screen DLP Digital Projection and Sound. Built in 1910. Operated by Landmark since 1991. The mighty Clay is one of the oldest theatres in San Francisco. Built in 1910 by the renowned Naify brothers, builders of the first movie screen in town, the New Fillmore, the Clay was first a nickelodeon house. In April of 1935, Herbert Rosener reopened the Clay as The Clay International, a foreign film showcase. In the early 1970s, the theatre was part of the Surf Theatres group, run by pioneering San Francisco film exhibitor Mel Novikoff. In 1972, the Clay hosted the first midnight movie in San Francisco with the premiere of John Water's Pink Flamingos, and also hosted many other controversial films, including The Life of Brian. Since Landmark assumed management in 1991, the Clay has enjoyed such improvements as digital sound, new seats and an extensive refurbishment of its art deco and classic Greek accoutrements. The combination of classic appointments and modern amenities has helped keep the Clay a comfortable, laid-back place to see unique film programming for almost a century.