“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) at the Cerrito on Thursday, September 13, at 7:00

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Join the adventure—if you dare—with Indiana Jones at the Cerrito at 7:00 on Thursday, September 13!

Movie critic Roger Ebert described “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as “an out-of-body experience, a movie of glorious imagination and breakneck speed that grabs you in the first shot, hurtles you through a series of incredible adventures, and deposits you back in reality two hours later—breathless, dizzy, wrung-out, and with a silly grin on your face. This movie celebrates the stories we spent our adolescence searching for in the pulp adventure magazines, in the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in comics—even in the movies.”

Indiana Jones and his indomitable girlfriend take you to a dazzling array of dangerous places, including Tibet and Egypt on a do-or-die quest, in a tumultuous time, 1936. Jones (Harrison Ford) is an American archaeologist who has learned that the Nazis have discovered the Lost Ark—a religious artifact said to impart supernatural powers to whomever possesses it. The Nazis are in all-out pursuit, but Jones and Marion (played by Karen Allen) are determined to get there first.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” won four Oscars, but somehow director Steven Spielberg was passed over.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” plays once only on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. All seats are $9.00. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as many shows sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Scene

So many choices at Scene! There are flatbread pizzas, a charcuterie and cheese sampler, baked sandwiches, “bites,” salads, desserts, and much more. You can enjoy them there, or have them brought to your seat while you watch the movie. The atmospheric food/wine bar is a fun place to hang out, with special wines and beers available. Check it out!

Upcoming Classics

    • Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m. “Wait Until Dark” (1967)
    • Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m. “What’s Up, Doc?”(1972)
    • Thursday, December 13, at 7 p.m., “Love Actually” (2003)

Cerrito Classics play monthly, always on the second Thursday of the month, at 7:00.

Cerrito Theater sale wins final approval

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The “Oversight Board of the El Cerrito Redevelopment Successor Agency” concluded its important task of ensuring that properties formerly owned by El Cerrito’s Redevelopment Agency were properly disposed of last night, June 27, 2018.

Their last bit of business, before justifiably congratulating each other for six years of hard, detailed, volunteer work, was to unanimously approve the sale of the Cerrito Theater from the city to Rialto Cinemas.

The sale is not yet complete, as various bits of real estate issues need to be resolved, contingencies and all that. But the vote means that, barring unforeseen tragedies, the theater will continue to operate as a theater with its historic elements intact for the next 99 years.

A dozen members of the community, some longtime members of Friends of the Cerrito Theater, but others just fans of the theater, crammed into a small conference room at City Hall to show support.

Members of the oversight board are members of our local community. Two, Sandi Potter, and the chair of the oversight board, Bill Jones, served on the City Council – including during the period when the city was acquiring and restoring the theater, which operates today as Rialto Cinemas Cerrito.

There was a bit of unspoken drama to all of this. This was the final meeting of the oversight board because in July it will be replaced by a county-wide oversight board. City officials wanted to make sure the sale went before a local board that would have greater understanding of the importance of the theater to the city – and would vote yes.

They got the package approved by council just a week ago – and to the oversight board in the nick of time.

Almost like a scene from a silent movie melodrama.

Speaking on behalf of Friends, Dave Weinstein told the board that the theater still has an important role to play in the city’s future, serving as centerpiece to what we hope will be an expanding social center for the community.

The oversight board clearly understood the value of the theater to the community. Members of the board stated that the theater has made an important difference to the economic and social wellbeing of El Cerrito.

Ky Boyd of Rialto Cinemas said the company understands and welcomes its role as part of the El Cerrito Community.

He also reminisced a bit, talking about how Rialto managed to make two positive changes in how the theater had been operated by their predecessor, Speakeasy.

Speakeasy showed second run, not first run films. Speakeasy did not allow anyone younger than drinking age in the theater (“Baby Brigade” nights excepted, and then only for babies.)

Ky said it took some convincing, but Warner Brothers agreed to let Rialto show “Harry Potter.” It did extremely well, suggesting to other motion picture distributors that El Cerrito was big time.

As to selling beer and wine with kids in the theater, “It’s not possible,” Ky was told. “It has to be possible,” he said. It was.

See you at the movies.

“Yellow Submarine” (1968) at the Cerrito on Thursday, July 12, at 7:00

Take a musical journey with The Beatles at the Cerrito on Thursday, July 12, at 7:00!

Can you believe it: “Yellow Submarine” has been sailing 50 years? A remastered version is being released for the anniversary. The Friends of the Cerrito Theater are proud to be part of the celebration—a celebration too big for just one evening, but with a regular run, starting on Monday, July 9!

The Friends invite you to be part of the fun on Thursday, July 12, for a special screening during the movie’s run, including the special touches that you enjoy during Cerrito Classics.

The animated story involves The Beatles going on a surreal journey to save Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies and their minions: the Apple Bonkers, the Snapping Turtle Turks, and the Dreadful Flying Glove. Along the way they make friends with Old Fred and the odd Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph. D. (who speaks only in verse). During this adventure we’re treated to sixteen different songs by The Fab Four, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “All You Need Is Love,” and the title track “Yellow Submarine.” The visual style of the movie borrows from the pop and psychedelic art of its time.

“Yellow Submarine” is truly a film for all ages. It’s family-friendly, but also sophisticated. And with all those songs by the most influential, creative band of its era, it’s a pleasure for music lovers.

As “Yellow Submarine” will be part of a regular run, the Cerrito’s regular prices will be in effect: $12.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids, students with I.D., and seniors. You can order your tickets at the box office or online.

Scene

So many choices at Scene! There are flatbread pizzas, a charcuterie and cheese sampler, baked sandwiches, “bites,” salads, desserts, and much more. You can enjoy them there, or have them brought to your seat while you watch the movie. The atmospheric food/wine bar is a fun place to hang out, with special wines and beers available. Check it out!

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics will return in September:

  • Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

See you then!