Photo of the original announcement of the theater’s 1937 opening

Cerrito Theater on opening day in 1937Albany/El Cerrito/Kensington Journal has posted on their Facebook page a photocopy of the original image (click to view a larger image on FB) that appeared in the newsletter when the theater opened in 1937.

Thank you for the good times! Celebrating Cerrito Theater’s 75th Birthday

“There were a lot of smiling faces and high spirits in the packed Cerrito Theater Thursday night as El Cerrito’s art deco landmark celebrated its 75th birthday.

Outside the theater, a search light on the sidewalk sent a rotating beam across the sky, while a vintage automobile sat parked in front of the ticket booth.

Inside, the festive occasion featured live 1930s music by the four-member band, “Any Reason,” and several patrons in ’30s attire. Dave Weinstein, president of the Friends of the Cerrito Theater, gave a brief history of the theater and its resurrection before the evening’s main event, a screening of the Oscar-winning Frank Capra film, You Can’t Take it With You.”

Read more at “Cerrito Theater Celebrates 75th in Style,” El Cerrito Patch, December 14, 2012″

Come celebrate Cerrito Theater’s 75th anniversary! Dec 13, 7pm

Tickets are going fast for the Cerrito’s gala 75th anniversary! Buy your tickets now online or at the box office for the celebration on Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m.

The Friends of the Cerrito Theater invites you to a very special party! There will be live music from Cookie Reese’s “Any Reason,” (formerly known as “Hot Popcorn”), the same wonderful quartet that entertained us at the Open House in 2002. We will have a special program before the featured showing:

You Can’t Take It With You

The featured classic is a gem from the era and won Oscars in 1938 for both Best Picture and Best Director for the renowned director Frank Capra. A screwball comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You” involves a zany family and a romance. James Stewart stars with Jean Arthur, and a great supporting cast including Lionel Barrymore.

The celebration is sure to sell out, so buy your tickets now at the box office or online. Tickets are just $8.00 each. Plan to arrive early, to enjoy the live music, have your choice of seating, and order freshly-made food.

Dress in 30’s era fashion or dress festively–there will be costume judging contest for men and women!