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Great venue for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

This theater shows great movies and documentaries year-round and is one of the permanent venues for... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2018
ron m
Palm Theatre takes you back in time!

While staying near San Luis Obispo we wanted to see the movie Darkest Hour. We saw it was at the... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2018
Madera, California
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17 Mar 2018
“Great venue for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival”
3 Jan 2018
“Palm Theatre takes you back in time!”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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817 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3257
+1 805-541-5161
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

This theater shows great movies and documentaries year-round and is one of the permanent venues for the International Film Festival. They also sell $1 popcorn. Since we live in town we can walk there, but right across the street is a parking lot and the...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

While staying near San Luis Obispo we wanted to see the movie Darkest Hour. We saw it was at the Palm Theatre so we made the drive to SLO. We had been to the Palm before and enjoyed the 1950's feel that the Theatre has......More

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Reviewed June 24, 2017

Usually can find more "out of the main stream" type movies here. Three seperate theatres, which are on the smaller side, but the seats are quite comfortable and have cup holders.

Thank Oyamear
Reviewed May 17, 2017

We have been coming to SLO for years - and it was just on our most recent trip that we discovered this theatre! We will be back! It is in the downtown area - parking can be a challenge sometimes. It's cash only - so...More

Thank LoveGetAways70
Reviewed December 28, 2016

This is the USA's first all-solar-powered movie theatre, and it is a fun little place to go. Now with three screens in an impossibly small venue, it shows films that are not quite the general exploding-car shoot-em-ups that the general public is accustomed to. Discount...More

Thank Joe G
Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

It's a neat little theater. It usually only plays documentaries or lesser-known films. It's neat if you're looking for a specialty film not found in bigger theaters.

Thank Haykmo
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Back on the Central Coast again and in need of something out of the ordinary. We found it last night with a great movie at the Palm Theater. We get tired of forced fed "blockbuster" movies and the Palm in SLO regularly provides relief with...More

Thank BeachShackBoy
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Very quaint cinema that take cash only and only open up box office 30m before performances. Good place to see arty films, or films on limited release. Great popcorn! Make sure you have the yeasty topping on it!

Thank sue j
Reviewed July 2, 2016

Palm Theater is such a breath of fresh air instead of going the the large stadium theater chains. The movie selections focus more on showing a great movie instead of showing a bad 'blockbuster.' They provide movie choices we get here in LA, but typically...More

Thank IreneDJ2
Reviewed May 15, 2016

The Palm is nice small set of 3 screens, with super friendly staff, great movies, and popcorn at the lowest prices I've ever seen in a theatre. The screening rooms have recently been re done and are clean and fresh!

Thank john b
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