The biggest night at Cerrito Theater – the Oscars!

Don’t miss the biggest night of the year—the Oscars! The 85th Oscar annual Oscars happens at the Cerrito on Sunday, February 24.  Get your ticket now and prepare to join a great party.  Fun is absolutely guaranteed. Just ask anyone who was at last year’s party!

Start the fun by dressing up—be who you want to be, go as glamorous as you dare. Come as your favorite character, or maybe just your fabulous self. There will be prizes for the costume contest. Also trivia contests, complimentary appetizers, and our special Oscar cocktails.

And have you been thinking about who will take home the Oscars? Put on your thinking cap—that fancy, glamorous one—and get your predictions ready.  Because there will be a contest with a grand prize for the audience member who nails it.

Doors open at 4:30pm! Seating is general admission and tickets are $25—which might be the best bargain in the Bay Area for an Oscar party. Rialto Cinemas Cerrito – Watch and Dine with Beer and Wine at El Cerrito’s Hometown Movie Theatre!

The show is sure to sell out, so get your tickets now, at the box office, or online!

Berkeley’s Movie Theaters — the Lost and the Found

Dave Weinstein, chairman of Friends of the Cerrito Theater and author of “It Came from Berkeley,” will talk about Berkeley’s fabulous history as a movie-mad town, a place that at one time had “more theater screens in a concentrated area than any other place in Northern California,” and a town that is said to have given birth to the repertory cinema!

Learn about some of Berkeley’s first theaters and some of its most beautiful. Hear about some tragic losses and some magnificent wins in efforts to preserve cinema palaces.

See what some of Berkeley’s vanished theaters looked like what they were new — and what they look like today.

And bring your memories, as we are trying to track down more historic theaters!

2 p.m. Sunday, January 20, Berkeley Historical Society, 1931 Center St. Free.

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″