Free at the Cerrito: “The Beautiful Country”

The Cerrito will be showing “The Beautiful Country” at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Admission will be free. This is part of a series of events sponsored by the Contra Costa County Library commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam.

The movie tells the story of a young boy in Vietnam whose father is an American soldier who has gone back to the U.S. The child and his mother are despised because of this association, so they embark on a perilous journey to the United States, where they are met with more challenges.

You can learn more about the library’s program on the Vietnam war by clicking here.

Many thanks to Rialto Cinemas and the Contra Costa County Library for providing this free program for the public.

Important news about Cerrito Classics

Disappointing news about Cerrito Classics

Cerrito Classics must go on hiatus for a few months, but as Arnold says, “We’ll be back!”

Look for us in September…but we’ll be keeping in touch regularly before then.

What happened? As you know, Cerrito Classics are shown by the Friends of the Cerrito Theater, under the auspices of Rialto Cinemas, which operates the Cerrito. Rialto operates as a first-run theater, with special showings of filmed productions of London plays, as well as films about famous artists.

Rialto has contracts with major studios, which are able to enforce the number of showings for their current movies. While the plays and art films are exempt from these studio rules, additional programs such as Cerrito Classics are not.

With the summer 2015 blockbuster season approaching, some of the studios are enforcing their contracts, and demanding that they be able to have the maximum number of showings of their new movies. Thus the cancellation of Cerrito Classics for May through August 2015.

Rialto made this step reluctantly, as they have been great supporters of the Cerrito Classics, which are very popular with the community. The Classic for this month, for example, “A Shadow of a Doubt,” played to a sold-out house.

What’s ahead for Cerrito Classics? Rialto management has suggested that the Friends of the Cerrito Theater submit a Classics program for September 2015 through February 2016. So, keep your calendar open for another wonderful Cerrito Classic on Thursday, September 10.

How to keep entertained during the summer? We know you love the Classic movies, and there are other worthy movies showing around the East Bay to get your Classic movie fix. We’ll try to keep you up to date on some especially good ones.



“Rear Window” at the Paramount Oakland on Friday, April 24. You just can’t miss with this combo. Another outstanding Hitchcock film, in the stunningly beautiful Paramount Theater, preceded by live organ music. All for only $5.00.



“The Sound of Music” on Sunday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 22 at Hilltop Century 16 in Richmond. A true Classic. Cinemark offers a regular schedule of classic films, which is well worth checking out.

“Tootsie” on Sunday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 29 at Hilltop Century 21 at Hilltop Century 16 in Richmond. Another fabulously entertaining movie, with Dustin Hoffman in high heels and a fancy gown. Also presented by Cinemark.

Two Short Films by RYSE’s Justice Reelz

Source: RYSE Center

Source: RYSE Center

RYSE’s Justice Reelz Presents “The Box” and “Alone”

On April 8 at 7 p.m. RYSE Center in Richmond will be presenting two short films at the Cerrito on the subject of juvenile solitary confinement. Admission to the two movies—”The Box” and “Alone”—will be free. You can get your tickets by clicking on this link. This event is supported by the City of El Cerrito, the office of County Supervisor John Gioia, and Rialto Cinemas. Please come see these locally-produced documentaries on this important topic.