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 Believing the cast’s heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens (who are called Thermians) turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime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!

“This Ain’t No Mouse Music” at the Cerrito, Sunday April 23 at 10 a.m.



See the story of El Cerrito’s own record label!

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and The El Cerrito Historical Society are sponsoring a showing of the movie “This Ain’t No Mouse Music” at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito. This film is a documentary about Arhoolie Records and its founder, Chris Strachwitz, who also owns and runs Down Home Music (the record store in El Cerrito that’s just a few blocks from the theater.) He’s a German immigrant who fell in love with American traditional music and created a record company so he could capture it. He has recorded Cajun and Zydeco, New Orleans brass bands, Tex-Mex, blues, bluegrass, country and many other types of music. What it all has in common is authenticity and gutsinessStrachwitz isn’t interested in anything that’s wimpy or watered down.

“This Ain’t No Mouse Music” was produced and directed by Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon (both former collaborators of Les Blank).

There will be only one showing of “This Ain’t No Mouse Music” at the Cerrito on Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free.