“Halloween” (1978) at the Cerrito on Thursday, October 12, at 9:30

Get your fright on with “Halloween,” Thursday, October 12, at 9:30 at the Cerrito!

See the horror movie that launched a career, a franchise and a genre! “Halloween” was director John Carpenter’s third full-length feature, and it starred Jamie Lee Curtis in her first movie role. It was also the first of a new wave of horror movies. Without “Halloween” we might not have had the “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” “Scream” or “Scary Movie” franchises. In 2006 the National Film Preservation Board selected “Halloween” to the National Film Registry as a “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” film.

Tony Moran plays Michael Myers, an escaped mental patient who has returned to his home town on Halloween night to continue the crimes that led to his being institutionalized 15 years earlier. Donald Pleasence plays Dr. Loomis, the psychiatrist in charge of Myers’ case (one of the few times when Pleasence doesn’t play the creepiest character in the movie). Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie Strode, one of a group of teenagers whom Myers pursues.

There have been ten movies in the “Halloween” franchise, but this (the original) is the only one that was directed by John Carpenter. The movie will be preceded by an interview and retrospective with Carpenter exploring the influence of the original “Halloween” on the horror genre and on the film industry as a whole. In this bonus feature, Carpenter explains why the movie is meant for the big screen (we agree!).

Please join us on October 12 to see “Halloween,” which has been digitally restored and remastered by the original cinematographer.

“Halloween” plays once only on Thursday, October 12 at 9:30 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.


What is your favorite thing to eat at the Scene? If you don’t have one yet, there is a lot of catching up to do—including flatbread pizzas, a charcuterie and cheese sampler, baked sandwiches, “bites,” salads, and desserts. You can enjoy them there, or have them brought to your seat while you watch the movie. It’s also a fun place to hang out, with special wines and beers available. Check it out—on the right side of the theater, as you enter.

Upcoming Classics

Watch for announcement of coming Cerrito Classics—always on the second Thursday of the month, at 9:30!