The San Francisco Film Society and SF-based Japanese entertainment group New People unveiled plans for a "supremely stylish state-of-the art 143-seat theater" in the city's Japantown neighborhood. SFSS, which organizes the annual San Francisco International Film Festival, said the announcement marks the first time in the organization's 54-year history that it will be able to "offer its acclaimed exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs and events on a daily year-round basis."
Opening in September, the "San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema" will open its state of the art 143-seat cinema in the New People building at 1746 Post Street. SFFS describes the new venue as located in a "cutting-edge four-story building devoted to contemporary Japanese art, fashion, food and design that opened in 2009." The theater itself will feature the latest in analog and digital equipment, perfect sight lines and immersive THX-certified surround sound.
"We’re thrilled to be partnering with Seiji Horibuchi and all our friends at New People in this new venture," commented Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director in a statement. "The Film Society's tradition of brilliant programming, added value and excellent customer service together with this wonderful facility's superb presentation standards will allow San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema to offer our avid audiences the finest moviegoing experiences in the Bay Area."
"We are really looking forward to presenting daily programming in a theater with top-line projection and THX sound, in a neighborhood that is already familiar to our audiences," added the Film Society's Director of Programming Rachel Rosen. "The ability to be housed in a venue with such a fine presentation will certainly enable us to broaden our programming."
Organizers said that the schedule at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema will include a "substantial portion of the SFFS Fall Season of festivals and one-time events, select KinoTek programs and recurring thematic programming, as well as provide the space to develop new programming initiatives." SFFS will reveal its full lineup for the new venue before Labor Day.