Reminder: “Ninotchka” at the Cerrito



This is a reminder that Rialto Cinemas Cerrito will be showing “Ninotchka” starring Greta Garbo this coming Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. We’ve been told it will be in the downstairs theater. Tickets are still available for sale at the box office or online. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

“Ninotchka” (1939) at the Cerrito on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00



Enjoy an unlikely romance with “Ninotchka” at the Cerrito on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00!

A hilarious romantic comedy from 1939 that deftly satirizes the perceived self-righteousness of Stalin’s Communist regime.

It’s a fun, offbeat movie.

Ninotchka, a humorless bureaucrat, has been sent to Paris by her commissar to take over from three comically inept Communists who are on a mission to retrieve jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, a dashing bachelor, played by Melvyn Douglas, acting from capitalistic motives, intercedes with Ninotchka and sweeps her off her flat-heeled feet, into all the charms offered by Paris in the spring.

Or, as one of the movie’s writers summed it up:

“Russian girl saturated with Bolshevist ideals goes to fearful, capitalistic, monopolistic Paris. She meets romance and has an uproarious good time. Capitalism not so bad, after all.”

This fable is an irresistible confection, with all the talents involved, including of course, Greta Garbo (for the first time ever) in a humorous role. Masterfully directed by Ernst Lubitsch, the creator of the stylish World War II satire, “To Be or Not To Be.” Chief writer was Billy Wilder, who later gave us such comic jewels as “Some Like It Hot.”

A unique and delightful movie.You don’t want to miss it!

“Ninotchka” will play only once at the Cerrito, on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as the feature may sell out. All seats are $9.50. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.


So many tempting choices await you at Scene! There are flatbread pizzas, a charcuterie and cheese sampler, baked sandwiches, “bites,” salads, desserts, and much more. You can enjoy them there, or have them brought to your seat while you watch the movie. The atmospheric food/wine bar is a fun place to hang out, with special wines and beers available. Check it out!

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics almost always play at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, with a special price of $9.50 for all seats.

Coming up next:

  • “Election,” Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
  • “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.


Don’t miss Hollywood’s biggest party!



The Cerrito Theater will be celebrating big-time on Sunday, February 9 as Hollywood gives out its top awards for 2019 movies. Watch the live telecast on the big screen from the comfort of the Cerrito. Join us for an evening of stargazing, suspense, and prizes!

There will be festivities galore. During commercial breaks, our sparkling host Melissa Hatheway will conduct entertaining trivia contests, with prizes. Cerrito servers will pass appealing free appetizers to the audience. There will be a costume contest—dress up in your own finery or maybe come as a favorite movie character! Also, there will be a major contest (with a nice prize) to see who can predict the most awards winners, so, bone up on who and what is likely to win.

All of this for just $30! No wonder the party always sells out. Get your tickets right away, at the box office or online. Don’t miss out!

The Red Carpet begins at 4 p.m., and the show begins at 5 p.m.

The show is a benefit for the Contra Costa Civic Theater, right here in El Cerrito!