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

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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 hollywoodsoapbox.com 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.

Change in scheduling for Cerrito Classics.

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Source: nonamemovieblog.wordpress.com

Cerrito Classics series has a new schedule starting with Lolita!

Our favorite monthly movie showing—the Cerrito Classics—is back in business in September after a summer hiatus. But the schedule will be different—earlier in most cases, though some showings may be later. Showings are always the second Thursday of the month.

Friends of the Cerrito Theater, which works with Rialto Cinemas to choose and promote this series, would prefer that the classics continue to be shown at 7 p.m. But the business model followed by Rialto, which involves showing top, first-run films from major studios, precludes this. At least for now.

So rather than grump about it we are going to enjoy the movies. Please join us! The strange and hilarious Stanley Kubrick film ‘Lolita’ opens the series at 3:30 p.m. Thursday September 10. Subsequent films will generally be shown at 4 or 4:15, the last matinee of the day. Some months may have late showings instead, at 9:30 p.m. or so.
‘Lolita,’ based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, is a black comedy that stars the wonderfully droll James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, and Sue Lyon as Lolita. It’s 152 minutes long and compelling throughout.

Tickets will be available at the box office or the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito web site.

Join Friends of the Cerrito Theater at our favorite hometown theater!