Built in 1967 and operated by Landmark since 1991. Located one block east of Van Ness, bordering San Francisco's Russian Hill District, the Lumiere Theatre features some of the city's most adventurous independent film, foreign language cinema and documentaries. Programming for one of the theatre's three screens is featured in the Lumiere/Opera Plaza Filmcalendar, which is published quarterly and available city-wide. In the summer of 2003 the theatre underwent extensive cosmetic renovations, as well as earthquake and accessibility upgrades. The theatre now features a jazzy new interior, improved ADA accessibility, more comfortable seats and fabulous atmosphere.
From downtown San Francisco or Union Square the Lumiere is only a short, scenic cable car ride over Nob Hill, traveling west down California Street. The theatre can also be reached from the Civic Center Bart station by traveling north on the Muni 19 bus.