Celebrate El Cerrito’s Centennial by facing ‘The Awful Truth’


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The Cerrito Theater, today Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, became a community institution when it opened during the Depression. When it re-opened due to community pressure in 2006, after being shuttered for decades, it became a community institution once again.

Kick off the grand El Cerrito Centennial Weekend at the Cerrito Theater on September 14. Enjoy the jazzy band, Leftover Dreams, playing standards of the Great American Songbook. View vintage cars. Feel free to come in vintage clothing! Admire the Art Deco architecture. The evening will feature the hilarious screwball comedy, ‘The Awful Truth,’ with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s from 1937 – the year the Cerrito Theater was born.

Tickets will go on sale soon at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito and will sell out.

Mark your calendars for September 14.
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito
10070 San Pablo Avenue

6:00 p.m. music; 7:00 p.m. program begins

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Free screening of “Loving” at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito on Saturday June 10

On Saturday, June 10, the El Cerrito Human Relations Commission is hosting a free screening of the movie “Loving” at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito. The film starts at 10 a.m.

“Loving” (Rated PG-13) tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision to overturn the ban on interracial marriage. The film screening is part of the city’s Loving Day celebration, which continues on Sunday, June 11 with a family-friendly event at City Hall from noon to 3:30 p.m. with music, arts and crafts, a food truck and more.

You can click here to learn more about the Loving Day celebration.

“Galaxy Quest” (1999) at the Cerrito on Thursday, May 11, at 9:30

Have an outer space adventure at the Cerrito on Thursday, May 11 at 9:30!

In “Galaxy Quest,” the stars of a 1970s sci-fi show—now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions—are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast’s heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens (who are called Thermians) turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system.

With a glittering array of stars, “Galaxy Quest” boldly goes where few parodies have gone before.

Does Tim Allen as Jason Nesmith remind you of the heroic Capt. Kirk? Alan Rickman plays Alexander Dane, who portrays the Spock-like alien scientist Dr. Lazarus. There’s an added twist in that Dane, a former Shakespearean actor, deeply resents prostituting himself by appearing at low-rate sci-fi conventions; Rickman himself was a noted Shakespearean actor. Other stellar cast members include Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub.

Whether you’re a Trekkie, an anti-Trekkie, or have no idea what a Trekkie is, you’ll have a hilarious time at “Galaxy Quest.”

“Galaxy Quest” plays once only on Thursday, May 11 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.


Have you tried Scene? It’s time you experienced this atmospheric, friendly wine/food bar! There’s a creative menu with offerings such as 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.

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics will be on hiatus during the summer months.

Looking ahead, there will be an extra special Centennial celebration at the Cerrito on Thursday, September 14 at 7:00. We will be celebrating the Cerrito Theater’s 80th birthday, and the city of El Cerrito’s l00th birthday.

Watch for more details, and be sure to save the date!