Start the new year with a Hitchcock! Suspicion (1941)

Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant in Suspicion (1941)Only Cary Grant could play Johnny, the main character in “Suspicion,” a charming rogue—or is he much, much more?

Johnny meets the shy, sheltered—and financially well-off–Lina (played by Joan Fontaine). The marriage of opposites follows soon after.

The story starts off light and charming, but as only Hitchcock can do, shades gradually and skillfully into tension, and riveting suspense.

Cary Grant became one of Hitchcock’s favorite leading men. And Joan Fontaine, at the age of 24, won the Best Actress Oscar for 1941 for her role in “Suspicion.”

“Suspicion”  plays on Thursday, Jan. 9 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. In addition to the regular offerings, The Scene wine/food bar offers tempting food such as panini, flatbread, snacks and salads–and they can all be brought to your seat in the theater.

Pre-show video. Produced by Michael DeWitt.

Back by popular demand! White Christmas (1954), Dec 12, 7PM

White Christmas (1954)Paramount’s follow-up to the 1942 hit Holiday Inn is a veritable warehouse full of oldie-but-goodie Irving Berlin tunes. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s WII commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger), who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies. (Source: Yahoo Movie Info)

“White Christmas” will be showing on December 12, 7PM. All seats are $8.00.

There will also be an additional Saturday, Dec 14, 10AM showing, a benefit for Richmond EL Cerrito Firefighters’ Holiday Toy Drive – Admission is free to the 10AM screening with a new, unwrapped toy.

Cerrito Classics are popular: it’s always a good idea to buy your tickets in advance, at the box office or online. Plan to arrive early, to select your seats and to order beer or wine and delicious, freshly-made food.

Did you know you can also order food at “The Scene” and have it brought to your seat? Try the special panini and salads.

FREE SHOWING: Rebels with a Cause, December 7, 10:30 AM

Correction: Film begins at 10:30 AM.

Celebrate past open space triumphs and be part of future opportunities! 

The City of El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee welcomes you to a free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Rebels With a Cause,” Saturday Dec. 7th 10am 10:30 – 11:45am, at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530. The event includes a post-film panel discussion.

To learn more about the film, visit:

This beautifully filmed documentary celebrates some of the Bay Area’s most treasured local natural open spaces (Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area) and how they came to be public and protected for future generations. In the 1950s, California was rapidly growing and the urban centers were expanding into adjacent rural and wild spaces. The story of the grassroots individuals, groups and politicians who had the foresight and perseverance to protect natural open space in and around densely populated cities, inspired a national movement of public land and open space preservation.

The topic of public open space preservation is particularly relevant in El Cerrito right now because of the opportunity to expand our already rare and treasured Hillside Natural Area with the acquisition of the keystone Madera open space property that will link two existing hillside natural area parcels. Fundraising efforts are underway and you can learn how to donate or get involved in the campaign at this inspiring event about open space.

Panel Speakers presenting on the Madera Open Space acquisition and fundraising efforts, including audience “Q&A”:

  • El Cerrito Open Space Campaign
  • El CerritoTrail Trekkers
  • The Trust for Public Land