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Alamo Square

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Alamo square is a great park up on top of a hill that offers great views of city hall and downtown SF. The friendly neighborhood folks here also project the occasional movie. A great place to get a bit of sun or have a little picnic.
Visitors also have views of the famous "painted ladies" a row of victorian houses that are painted to accentuate their ornate architecture.

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Lands End

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Lands End is a big wild park overlooking the pacific. You have great views from here along a walking or running trail. Sheer cliffs and wind sculpted cypress trees along with the minty smell of the big eucalyptus trees a bit further inland. A wonderful place to go to see the natural beauty right in San Francisco.

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Red Vic Movie House

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The Red Vic is a worker owned movie theater in the upper haight (just a couple of blocks from golden gate park). They tend to have a really great selection of new and old movies playing, and you can pick up a flier, or check out their website for schedules.
The best part are the tasty options for the popcorn, the funky benches, and the homemade trailers about cleaning up after yourself.

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Castro Theatre

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In the heart of the Castro neighborhood is this little historic movie theater. It's absolutely beautiful and ornate inside, check out the schedule and see some classics there if you get a chance. They usually have a pianist playing before the movie starts, and he disappears as the stage is slowly lowered and the movie comes on. Classy!

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One of the classiest places to see a live concert in San Francisco, the Great American Music Hall was built in 1907 and is the city's oldest venue (remember the big earthquake of 1906 that laid the city out).
They set up great shows of different genres and the sound is always great. There's excellent views from the upstairs balcony...get there early and you can get a table overlooking the stage.

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