Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Arts & Culture
Published on April 20, 2016
Long-Dark Letter 'T' Shines Again From Castro Theatre MarqueePhotos: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

As one of the most prominent landmarks in the Castro, it's easy to spot when of the letters in the Castro Theatre's marquee goes out. Lately, locals have noticed that the sign's letter "T" has  been AWOL: for at least the past few months, after-dark visitors have been welcomed to the "CAS-RO" instead.

February 2016.

Finally, the wait for an illuminated T is over: Crews were out yesterday afternoon working on the marquee, and by the evening, the sign was lit up again in all its glory (well,  except for a few lights that are still out on the edges.)

When we reported on ABC's 'When We Rise' filming in the Castro, many readers wondered whether or not the producers of that show would help refurbish the sign, as was done during the filming of Milk in 2008.

In short, the answer is no. "The production is going to use many locations in and around San Francisco, utilizing the ambient look and feel of the city to recreate the time period," said Janet Kerrigan Daily of ABC Television. "So they don't want to change the look of the area."

We reached out to the Castro Theatre for comment, but did not receive a response about what causes the lights to go out and why it takes so long to fix them. But it appears that the work was done as routine maintenance, possibly in conjunction with the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival's Opening Night, which takes place tomorrow evening at the Castro Theatre.