Don’t miss the El Cerrito Centennial celebration!

Don’t miss the Cerrito Theater’s 80th birthday!

1937 was a very big year in El Cerrito. Not only was the town now 20 years old, but it acquired a brand-new luxurious neighborhood theater, the Cerrito. It opened to big crowds and great acclaim.



Kick off the Centennial Celebration on Thursday, September 14, at 6:00. Outside the theater, listen as a jazzy duo, Leftover Dreams, recreates songs from the 30’s and beyond. Ogle a classic 1938 Packard, parked in front. If the mood strikes you, come in vintage clothing.

At 7:00, inside the theater, a brief program begins. Afterwards, on the big screen, watch a hilarious screwball comedy, “The Awful Truth” fromyes1937! It stars none other than Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as glittering New York City socialites who are totally in loveuntil they aren’t. Could Ralph Bellamy have something to do with it? Remember, in a screwball comedy, anything can happenand love always wins.

Tickets are now availablebuy yours now, because the party is certain to sell out. You can buy online or at the theater box office. Tickets are only $9.00 for all seats.

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Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics has more exciting movies coming up! Always on the second Thursday of the month.

  • On Thursday, October 12, 9:30 p.m., “Halloween”

Don’t miss it!


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.

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.