Double Treat for January! The Muppet Movie and The Big Sleep

To kick off the new year with a special teat, there is a one-time only showing of two Cerrito Classics in January.  To keep your holiday mood going, the delightful “Muppet Movie” from 1979 will have five showings, from Thursday, January 12 through Monday, January 16 — all showings at 7 p.m.  at 7 PM on January 12, and at 11:30 AM on January 13 through 16. Tickets are $8.00

Then, for something completely different, we have the acclaimed Bogart-Bacall noir hit, “The Big Sleep,” from 1946.  “The Big Sleep” shows only once, on Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m.  Don’t miss it!  Buying tickets in advance at the box office or online is strongly advised. Tickets are $8.00

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear have embarked on a quest for stardom. They take a trip to Hollywood, beginning their journey on a bicycle pedalled by Kermit, but friends accumulate along the way. There is also the challenge of fending off the entreaties of the heartless Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who wants Kermit to make some advertisements promoting fried frog legs. Kermit must also cope with his amorous feelings for Miss Piggy, and hers for him. This appealing children’s adventure movie has numerous scenes which do homage to classic films, and features a huge cast of Hollywood greats, from Edgar Bergen to Orson Welles, in cameo roles. A great box-office success, this movie paved the way for a number of sequels. Source: Yahoo! Movie Info. Rialto website information.

The Big Sleep (1946)

The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler’s cynical private eye Philip Marlowe. Summoned to the home of the fabulously wealthy General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), Marlowe is hired to deal with a blackmailer shaking down the General’s sensuous, thumb-sucking daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers). This earns Marlowe the displeasure of Carmen’s sloe-eyed, seemingly straight-laced older sister Vivian (Bacall), who is fiercely protective of her somewhat addled sibling. As he pursues the case at hand, Marlowe gets mixed up in the murder of Arthur Geiger (Theodore von Eltz), a dealer in pornography. He also runs afoul of gambling-house proprietor Eddie Mars (John Ridgely), who has some sort of hold over the enigmatic Vivian.  Source: Yahoo! Movie Info. Rialto website information.