Change in scheduling for Cerrito Classics.



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!

Interesting Facts About El Cerrito and Its Movie Theaters



The Cerrito Classics series will return in September. In the meantime, here are some questions and answers about the city of El Cerrito and its movie theaters:

  1. When did the Cerrito Theater first open?
  2. What was the first movie to play at the Cerrito?
  3. How many movie theaters have there been in El Cerrito since the city was founded?
  4. When was the city of El Cerrito incorporated?

You can read the answers to these questions below, under the picture:



  1. The Cerrito Theater opened on December 25, 1937.
  2. The opening movie was “Thin Ice,” starring Olympic gold medalist skater Sonja Henie and heartthrob Tyrone Power.
  3. There have been four movie theaters in El Cerrito.  The first was the Cerrito in 1937.  During the 1940’s the same company opened a drive-in, El Cerrito Motor Movies, located in what is now the El Cerrito Plaza. During that same period the company also ran the Vista Theater on San Pablo Avenue (where Atlas Liquors is currently located).  Finally, in the 1970’s a chain owned by Jerry Lewis opened a two-screen theater at San Pablo Avenue and Moeser (in the space currently occupied by a Laundromat and H&R Block).
  4. El Cerrito was incorporated in 1917, so get ready to have a big hundredth birthday celebration in two years!

See you in September!

Let’s Talk More About Classic Movies

romancesThe Cerrito Classics series is returning in September. Until then, we’re talking about classic movies. Last month we talked about comedies. This month it’s romances.

Please post your favorite classic romantic movie on (you can do it by clicking on “leave a reply” at the bottom of this posting). Anyone with a Facebook, Twitter or WordPress account can do it. By posting your answer there it will keep all the responses in one place, so everyone can see them. If you don’t have any of these accounts you can send mail to and we will post it for you. Once you’ve posted your response, please check back to see what others are saying.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you again in September!