Sundar Shadi’s Gifts, Free Screening, October 20, 11AM

From 1949 until his retirement in 1996, Sundar Shadi set up elaborate Nativity displays on the sprawling hillside on Moeser Lane. A new film,
“Sundar Shadi’s Gifts” is about the Christmas displays and his life story. The film is free and will be shown at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito on Oct 20th at 11AM.
Sundar Shadi's Giflts Movie

Don’t miss this free event on June 15! Fabulous Historic Movie Theaters of the East Bay, 10am to Noon

The El Cerrito Historical Society and Friends of the Cerrito Theater are presenting a program about Fabulous Historic Movie Theaters of the East Bay. See below for details.

The theater as it looked in 1969, before the marquee was taken down. © Jack Kirby.

The theater as it looked in 1969, before the marquee was taken down. © Jack Kirby.

Let’s celebrate the East Bay’s movie-going past – and its present. Learn about the grand movie palaces that once dotted the landscape, and those that still remain. Mourn the loss of many neighborhood theatres, while touring one that was resurrected in 2006 after 40 years in the dark.

The program features Jennifer Dowling Posedel, author of “Theatres of Oakland,” and Gary Lee Parks, author of “Theatres of San Jose” and co-author of “Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula.” It will be followed by a tour of the 75-year-old Cerrito Theater, with its original Heinsbergen murals, etched glass and more.

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 10 a.m. to Noon, Free.
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito.
Wheelchair accessible.
Information: Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737,

At the Cerrito: Rising Waters – Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands, March 23

From the City of El Cerrito website:

In this special screening of Rising Waters with new footage from Super Storm Sandy, producer Come to a FREE SHOWING of this documentary about the physical and cultural impacts of global climate change. Andrea Torrice tells the personal stories of those communities that have already begun to feel the effects of global climate change. Hear from the producer, local leaders and other guest speakers, and contribute your voice to a regional community dialog. Following the screening, join the conversation at Nong Thon restaurant at 10086 San Pablo Avenue where refreshments will be served. There is a $10 suggested donation for food.

More event details.

Rising Waters Movie