First off I always find it strange that they have to buzz you into the store, but maybe that's just me. Once inside they have a wide selection of vintage guitars, pedals, basses and amplifiers. The guitars are very exspensive, but worth every penny. They have some great stuff, but for serious players only.
PROS: Great Vintage guitars.
Guitar Center puts me to sleep. When I walk in I cringe. The staff is more intimidating than helpful. Most of the gear is brand new and they only stock a few brands, so if you're looking for something vintage or out of the ordinary you will have no luck here. The prices are fair and occasionally they have sales, which is a plus.
Tucked away on Lafayette alley Real Guitars is a great find for those interested in vintage guitars, basses, amplifiers and keyboards. They selection is fairly priced, alhough you won't find a steal here. They also do guitar repair and the staff is quite knowledgeble.
PROS: Great staff. good gear.
Okay, they don't have everything. If your tastes lean towards the esoteric and obscure this place is great though. They stock things you can't find anywhere else. The staff is very knowledgeble and always willing to make special orders. The vinyl section is pretty small and could use some improvement. Great if you know exactly what you want though.
PROS: stocks hard to find gems. great staff.
CONS: no vinyl. small.
I actually perfer this one to the San Francisco Amoeba. Same harsh atmosphere, but also the same incredible selection. Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Country, Folk, Experimental, DVD's, Tons of vinyl and a great used section. Although this isn't as big as the San Francisco Amoeba (it's slightly less colassal) I find it's selection is less picked over. If you are a die hard record collector this is the place to be.
PROS: Massive selection. Hard to find gems.
If you just want to casually flip through records in a nice atmosphere this is not the place to you. Okay, it feels like a warehouse, but that's becasue they have almost everything. Rock, Hip-Hop, folk, World, Jazz, Soul, Country, Experimental, Metal, DVD's you name it. Tons of vynil and a fantastic used section. Essential for record collectors or if you're browsing for something a little more obscure.
PROS: Has everything!
All kinko's are not created alike. This one is tops. The service is quick and the staff is the most helpful any that I've visited. Affordable color printing and digital prints and manageable workstations. I generally find the ones closer to downtown are usually swamped, so if you can make it up to the Castro it can be worth the trip.
Balazo Gallery is a non-profit art and music venue located in the mission. The Gallery space shows work from a wide variety of local visual artists. Painting, photography, mixed media and collage can all be seen here. Concerts tend to coincide with art openings and are usually a hoot!
What may be more striking the the movies shown is the architechture of this theater. Built in the twenties, the decor is that of the old movie palaces of the golden age of cinema. To add to the excitment there is a live organist to serenade you before the screening. Oh, and the movies, mostly independent and classics back for a theatrical run. Top notch!
PROS: It's beautiful and the movies are fantastic.
This volunteer based non-profit venue is dedicated to screening independently produced film and video, ranging from political documentary to esoteric video art. Screenings generally occur wednesday through Saturday and cost about five dollars, for one of a kind work that typically cannot be seen anywhere else. They also have a gallery for visual art and a super 8 club, for film enthusiasts.