Anniversary Celebrations of Three Classic Movies

Over the next several weeks Rialto Cinemas will be celebrating the anniversaries of three important classic movies, starting with fiftieth anniversary of “My Fair Lady.” Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza Doolittle, a poor cockney flower girl who is the subject of a bet between Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) and Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White). Higgins believes that, with proper training, Eliza can pass herself off as a member of high society. “My Fair Lady” has great characters, great cinematography and a fantastic score by Lerner and Loewe featuring such unforgettable songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” The movie won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Music.

This newly-restored print will be accompanied by a ten-minute featurette, “The Fairest Fair Lady,” giving a behind-the-scenes view of how “My Fair Lady” was made.

“My Fair Lady” will be shown at the Cerrito at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, and at the Elmwood at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18 and again at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19. You can get tickets at the box office or on line through the Cerrito or Elmwood web site.

In November Rialto will feature “Oklahoma!” for its sixtieth anniversary and “Fantasia” for its seventy-fifth anniversary. We will send more information as the dates for these movies get closer.

“Night of the Living Dead” (1968) at the Cerrito, Thursday, October 8, at 9:30 p.m.



Coming up…save the date!

Are you ready for a spooky night? Do you love zombies? Cerrito Classics has the movie for you, shown at the Halloween-appropriate time of 9:30 p.m.

“Night of the Living Dead” is a low-budget black-and-white movie, with unknown actors, about a group of people stranded in a farmhouse, desperately trying to keep out hungry zombies who are trying to get in.

Why has “Night of the Living Dead” become a cult classic?

Here’s what John Soltes from says:

The influence of this movie is monumental. Think about it: “Night of the Living Dead” is one of the first movies to feature the idea of a modern zombie (slow-walking, hands extended). It introduces the “monster” in the first few minutes and then continues on with the other characters story arcs (think of Jaws). It uses sound and creative camera angles to add another dimension to the proceedings.

“Night of the Living Dead” has earned its status as a classic. Its simple premise will still make you fear the things that go bump in the night.

“Night of the Living Dead” plays once only on Thursday, October 8 at 9:30. All seats are $8.50. Moviegoers are advised to get advance tickets at the box office or online, as shows may sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.


Have you visited Scene yet? It’s the atmospheric wine/food bar on the right side of the lobby–a great place to enjoy a special menu, such as panini, snacks, and salads—or have them brought to your seat while you enjoy the movie! Scene opens daily at 4:30, with happy hour prices until 6:00.

RYSE Justice Reelz Film Series presents “Freeway: Crack in the System”


Please join RYSE in their latest presentation in the Justice Reelz Film Series. The film “Freeway: Crack in the System” by Marc Levin tells the true story behind the crack in the justice system that implicates the centers of power in our government, their mass incarceration policies and militarization of police, the spread of gangs and guns, and the loss of entire generations to the war on drugs. Check out the trailer here. There will be a short discussion following the screening.

This event will be held at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito on September 9 at 7:00 p.m. You can get your free ticket by clicking here. The tickets are first come, first served so reserve your ticket TODAY!

This community event is supported by: RYSE’s Youth Justice Department, the City of El Cerrito, District I Supervisor John Gioia, Rialto Cinemas, Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, Youth Justice Coalition-Contra Costa & Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition.

RYSE’s mission is to create safe spaces grounded in social justice that build youth power for young people to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities.