It’s a Classics double-header—from warm and fuzzy to thrillingly scary. Don’t miss either one!

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Source: thedailybeast.com

We’re pleased to offer two classic movies instead of just one. The first is:

Snoopy, Come Home (1972) at the Cerrito Sep 29, Oct 3 & 5!

Originally released in 1972, “Snoopy, Come Home” has now been digitally remastered to show in theaters for the first time.

It’s a follow-up to 1969’s “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” The emotional Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner, Lila, who is now in the hospital, prompting Snoopy and his bird pal Woodstock to make their way across the country to visit her. As the story develops, the good-hearted Snoopy faces a dilemma of loyalty.

Written by Charles Schulz, and with Oscar-winning music, “Snoopy, Come Home” is a fun-loving animated adventure for the whole family.

Showtimes for “Snoopy Come Home”:

  • Sun, Sept. 29, 12 p.m.
  • Thurs, Oct. 3, 6:00 p.m. (NOTE: This is 30 minutes earlier than the previously announced time.)
  • Sat, Oct. 5, 12 p.m.

The Friends of the Cerrito Theater will be present to host the October 3 show.

As an added-on Classic, the Cerrito’s regular prices will be in effect: $12.95 for adults, $11.50 for seniors 62 and over, kids and students with I.D. It’s advisable to order your tickets in advance at the box office or online, as the shows may sell out.

The second movie is:

Poltergeist (1982) Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 at the Cerrito

As critic Roger Ebert points out, Steven Spielberg’s “Poltergeist” is an effective thriller because we see the movie’s strange events through the eyes of the family members, instead of just standing back and letting the special effects overwhelm the cast along with the audience.

The movie takes place in Spielberg’s favorite terrain, the American suburb (also the locale of parts of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Jaws” and “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”). The haunted house doesn’t have seven gables, but it does have a two-car garage. It is occupied by a fairly normal family (two parents, three kids) and the movie begins on a somewhat hopeful note with the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” as a TV station signs off. But, after the movie sucks you in, spirits take total possession of the house, and terrorize the family.

“Poltergeist” plays once only on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as many shows sell out. All seats are $9.50. 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

Cerrito Classics plays at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The upcoming schedule is:

  • “Back to the Future,” Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m
  • “Gremlins,” Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
  • “Rear Window,” Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

 

“Chulas Fronteras” (1976) and “Del Mero Corazón” (1979) at the Cerrito on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00

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See two movies on Tejano music and culture by El Cerrito’s own Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Harrod Blank, and Chris Strachwitz!

Les Blank are Maureen Gosling are the filmmakers responsible for movies like “Burden of Dreams,” “Always for Pleasure,” and “A Poem Is a Naked Person.” Harrod Blank is Les’s son and head of Les Blank Films. Chris Strachwitz is the founder of Arhoolie Records, the owner of Down Home Music, and co-producer of some of Blank’s films. Their offices are only a few blocks from the Cerrito Theater.

Together they produced and directed “Chulas Fronteras” and “Del Mero Corazón,” a zesty introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From joyous, lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, musica Norteña fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with central European dancehall rhythms, and a little something extra. Newly restored in 4k, “Chulas Fronteras” (Beautiful Borders) and “Del Mero Corazón” (Straight from the Heart) celebrate the famed Mexican-American musicians of the borderlands, the migrant farming communities from which they come, the strong family bonds of Tejanos, and the social protest ethos inscribed in their music. Blank & Strachwitz’s films brim with tender affection for their subjects, the vitality of their marvelous music, and the generosity of spirit they show in the face of hardship. The movies feature Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres de Terán, and more!

After the movies there will be a Q & A session with Maureen Gosling, Harrod Blank, and Chris Strachwitz, as well as live music by special guests Dueto Arte.

“Chulas Fronteras” and “Del Mero Corazón” will play only once at the Cerrito, on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Please note the special date—this will NOT be on the usual second Thursday of the month. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as the feature may sell out. All seats are $9.50. 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. Check it out! Scene opens daily at 4 p.m.

Upcoming Classics

The next classic movie, “Snoopy Come Home,” will be shown three times and will be treated as special events, without the usual classic movie pricing. The Friends of the Cerrito Theater will host the October 3 screening of that movie. From that point on, the Cerrito Classics series will resume its usual schedule of the second Thursday of each month, and the usual pricing of $9.50.

The full schedule is:

  • “Snoopy, Come Home”, Sunday, September 29 at 12 p.m., Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 5 at 12 p.m.
  • “Poltergeist,” Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
  • “Back to the Future,” Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
  • “Gremlins,” Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
  • “Rear Window,” Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

 

“A Boy Named Charlie Brown” (1969) at the Cerrito on Three Dates in August

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Join Charlie Brown on his fiftieth birthday, at the Cerrito, on three dates in August. Good Grief!

Please join us for this exclusive 50th Anniversary theatrical re-release of the Peanuts classic, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” This is the first time it will be presented in the theater since its release in 1969.

In this first animated feature film based on Charles M. Schulz’s ever-popular Peanuts comic strip, we see the pint-sized hero step up to the challenge, face his fears and show the world what he is truly made of. When Charlie Brown enters the school spelling bee, the doubtful and overly-honest Lucy predicts his abject humiliation. But with the help of his best friend Linus and loyal dog Snoopy, Charlie Brown sets out to surprise his detractors in order to attend the national spelling bee in New York City.

Nominated for an Oscar in 1971 for “Best Original Music/Song Score” by Vince Guaraldi, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” projects the innocence of Schulz’s charming characters with glee and takes them on a most spectacular adventure.

“A Boy Named Charlie Brown” plays three times in August:

  • Sunday, August 18 at 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, at 12 p.m.

The Friends of the Cerrito Theater will host the August 24 screening.

As an added-on Classic, the Cerrito’s regular prices will be in effect: $12.95 for adults, $11.50 for seniors 62 and over, kids and students with I.D. It’s advisable to order your tickets in advance at the box office or online, as the shows may sell out.

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. Check it out! Scene opens daily at 4 p.m.

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics opens its fall season with a special presentation—on a special day—Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. It will be a double feature by El Cerrito’s own filmmakers Les Blank and Maureen Gosling, with the timely and lively “Chulas Fronteras” (1976) and “Del Mero Corazón” (1979). The presentation will include Maureen Gosling, Chris Strachwitz (founder of Arhoolie Records), and Les Blank’s son Harrod Blank, with musical guests, as well. Don’t miss it!

There will also be another Peanuts movie, “Snoopy, Come Home,” screened three times in late September and early October.

Cerrito Classics will then resume its usual schedule at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The full schedule is:

  • “Chulas Fronteras” and “Del Mero Corazón”, Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.
  • “Snoopy, Come Home”, Sunday, September 29 at 12 p.m., Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 5 at 12 p.m.
  • “Poltergeist,” Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
  • “Back to the Future,” Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
  • “Gremlins,” Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
  • “Rear Window,” Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.