Come see the Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) at the Rialto Elmwood.

source: criterion.com

source: criterion.com

One week only, starting Friday, July 4!

History was made in 1964 when the Beatles arrived on American shores, to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Royalty couldn’t have received a more tumultuous reception.

That same year, the Beatles began whirlwind filming of a movie that would become a classic, “A Hard Day’s Night.” It ostensibly showed a “typical” 36 hours in the lives of the Fab Four, interspersed with a trip with Paul’s supposed grandfather (Wilfred Brambell), aimed at keeping the “clean old man” out of trouble.

The film is a joyous romp, including the iconic songs “I Should Have Known Better,” “And I Love Her,” “Tell Me Why,” “If I Fell,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and the title song.

Now, on the Beatles’ landmark fiftieth anniversary, you have a chance to relive this revolution in pop music at the Rialto Elmwood. It’s shown in a special digital restoration. Don’t miss it!

Location and Show Times

Rialto Elmwood is located at 2966 College Avenue (at Ashby) in Berkeley (510-433-9730). You may purchase tickets on line or at the box office. Show times are:

Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6: (12:40), (5:00), 9:40

Monday, July 7 through Thursday, July 10: (5:00), 9:40

Matinee times are shown in parentheses.

“The Postman Always Rings Twice,” (1946) at the Cerrito, Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

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source: inspiredbykelly.blogspot.com

Lana Turner and John Garfield Smolder!

James M. Cain’s explosive novel “The Postman Always Rings Twice” was a huge success in 1934, but Hollywood’s censorship board, The Hays Office, wouldn’t allow it to be filmed until 1946. It is a dark allegory of amorality and its consequences.

Lana Turner stars as a blond vamp, trapped in a marriage to an ordinary middle-aged man (Cecil Kellaway) who runs a diner. She is burning to have “something better.” You won’t forget her first encounter with drifter John Garfield, who happens to come into the diner.

You also definitely won’t forget what unfolds among the three of them. Actor Hume Cronyn also has a key role.

Don’t miss this incendiary film noir, directed by Tay Garnett.

“The Postman Always Rings Twice” plays on Thursday, July 10 at 7:00. All seats are $8.00. 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.

Scene

Check out Scene, on the right side of the lobby. Scene wine/food bar offers tempting food such as panini, snacks and salads–and they can all be brought to your seat in the theater. Scene opens daily at 4:30 and is a great place to visit–even when you’re not going to a movie.