We are so lucky  to partner with some of the amazing venues around the scenic Central Coast. We love our venues and they all play a crucial part in our community, so please consider donating, buying gift cards or visiting them outside of the festival! 

851 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo

April 4 – April 17
Mon, Tues, Wed: CLOSED / Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 12PM – 6PM

April 18 – April 24
Everyday: 12PM – 6PM
April 25 – April 30
Everyday: 9AM – 6PM

Festival Lounge at Edna Contemporary
967 Osos St. San Luis Obispo

Thursday, April 25: CLOSED
Friday, April 26: Noon – 10:00PM
Saturday, April 27: 10AM – 10:00PM
Sunday, April 28: 10AM – 9:00PM
Monday, April 29: Noon – 9:00PM
Tuesday, April 30: Noon – 9:00PM


Fremont Theater

1035 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo 

Our largest venue and biggest screen! The Fremont is a historic and iconic staple in SLO featuring art deco ceilings, a glowing marquee, and has been host to the SLO Film Festival’s largest events for many year. When not being used during the festival it hosts lively concerts and performances. 

Venue Capacity: 770

Palm Theatre

817 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo

The Palm Theatre, located at 817 Palm St. is an independently owned and operated movie theatre which showcases a variety of independent, foreign, arthouse, and mainstream cinema. The Palm Theatre was the first movie theatre in the United States to be run by solar energy.


Venue Capacity: 120, 90

Downtown Centre Cinemas

888 Marsh St.
San Luis Obispo

Located in the heart of Downtown SLO, this 7-Screen venue has hosted the SLO Film Festival since our inception. The venue has large reclining seats, sells alcohol and we are lucky to be able to take over 5 of their screens at the 2023 Festival!

Venue Capacity: 140, 100, 85, 85, 50

Park Cinemas

1100 Pine St.
Paso Robles, CA 

A premiere locally owned cinema that’s been newly renovated with plush seats and now offers local beer and wine! Park Cinemas host our festival encore. May 2nd-5th!


Bay Theatre

464 Morro Bay Blvd
Morro Bay

The Bay Theatre has been family owned and operated since 1975. The building was constructed in the early 1940’s as a single screen motion picture theatre. 

Venue Capacity: 300

Hotel San Luis Obispo

Hotel San Luis Obispo

877 Palm St
San Luis Obispo 

This year Hotel SLO will be hosting our King Vidor conversation in the Seven Sisters Ballroom. With spacious and meticulously designed rooms, a rooftop bar with panoramic views, and locally inspired cuisine at its restaurants Piadina & Ox + Anchor.

Kruezberg California

685 Higuera St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

The new host of our Music Video Showcase and premiere coffee and bar in the heart of Downtown SLO!

Venue Capacity: 200


We do our best to make our festival accessible for all and work with our venues to get accurate accessibility information. Please visit for more detailed venue and parking information.

For all access and inclusion bookings or enquiries, and to notify us of your needs so we can make your visit as enjoyable as possible, please call us on 805-546-3456, email or make a note when booking your tickets!


Parking downtown SLO? The best place to park is our parking structures, there are three main parking structures:

  • 842 Palm Street (Walking distance to Palm Theatre and Fremont)
  • 919 Palm Street (Walking distance to Palm Theatre and Fremont)
  • 871 Marsh Street (across the street from Downtown Centre Cinemas)

In the parking structures only your first hour is free and if you’re spending most of the day downtown we recommend paying the daily rate of $12.00. Parking is free all day on Sunday, April 28th.

Street parking rates in downtown San Luis Obispo range from $3 to $4 per hour depending on where you park. It is more expensive to park in the downtown core than in outlying streets.

Paying for parking:
Use one of on-street parking pay stations with cash or credit card, or skip the line by downloading one of the four parking payment apps.

Accessible Parking
Anyone with a valid disabled parking placard, displayed correctly, can park on the streets of San Luis Obispo for free as long as the vehicle is not in a commercial zone, a passenger loading zone, or a Red curb.
You can view accessible spaces here:
Please notify us if you need additional parking support for accessibility needs.