Based on Christina Crawford’s best-selling tell-all exposing her years of abuse as the adoptive child of Hollywood diva Joan Crawford, this screen adaptation is today revered as a major deity in the pantheon of camp classics. Frank Perry directs fearless performances by Faye Dunaway and Diana Scarwid. (1981, 129 min, DCP)
+ GYPSY 5:25
Curtains up, light the lights—Rosalind Russell is the ultimate stage mother and Natalie Wood is Gypsy Rose Lee, featuring such classic show tunes as “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Mervyn LeRoy directs the iconic musical. (1962, 143 min, 35mm ‘Scope)
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 59
THURSDAY MAY 5 7:00 PM – Closing Night: The Bandit – Jesse Moss, USA, 82 min.
The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival wraps with a world-class cinematic event, special guests and a festive celebration with music, food and drinks.Attendees will close out the Festival with the Closing Night Party at Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street) at 9:00 pm. Festival goers will gather for one last blowout at Mezzanine and dance, drink, snack and revel in an incredible two weeks of cinematic adventures.
The Bandit – Jesse Moss, USA, 82 min.
An exuberant, surprisingly moving romp through 1970s pop culture, The Bandit celebrates the friendship between superstar actor Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, as together they create the Southern-fried classic Smokey and the Bandit. Director Jesse Moss (The Overnighters SFIFF 2014) brings great warmth and impossibly retro cool archival footage to this exceptional dual biography.
FRIDAY MAY 6 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 8 SPECIAL EVENT
GREASE SING-A-LONG Fri 7:00; Sat & Sun 2:30, 7:00 Hosted by Sara Moore & Friends.
For those of you not yet converted, Grease Sing-A-Long is the blockbuster movie musical complete with tricked- out subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along to “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” all of them! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest! Grease stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway and Didi Conn. Directed by Randal Kleiser. (1978, full show approx. 150 min, Digital ‘Scope)
NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
Special Admission: $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)
Tickets will be available day of show at our box office or can be purchased in advance via Ticketweb.
MONDAY MAY 9SPECIAL EVENT
Bay Area Musicals presents A TWIST OF LIMELIGHT
Starring EDEN ESPINOSA 7:30 (doors open at 6:30 for food and drinks)
Eden Espinosa boasts "one of the most exciting voices of her generation" (Playbill)—and now you can experience it live as the Broadway star takes the historic Castro Theatre stage for A Twist of Limelight, an evening of music celebrating the launch of San Francisco's newest musical theater company, Bay Area Musicals. Best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway smash Wicked, Espinosa also played Maureen in the closing company of Rent.
TUESDAY MAY 10DOUBLE FEATURE THE CASTRO THEATRE REMEMBERS PATTY DUKE
THE MIRACLE WORKER 6:00
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke recreated their acclaimed Broadway roles in the harrowing story of a strong willed teacher and her battle of wills with the untamed, blind deaf-mute Helen Keller. Arthur Penn directed the superb performances that garnered Oscars for both Bancroft and Duke. (1962, 106 min, 35mm)
+ VALLEY OF THE DOLLS 8:00
Patty Duke puts a flamethrower to her child star image as an actress who, along with co-stars Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate, braves the hills of Hollywood and the piles of pills that go with it. Director Mark Robson brought Jacqueline Susann's steamy bestseller to the screen in a sensationally lurid fashion with enough quotable dialog and jaw dropping performances to create one of the bona fide cult classics of the 60s. (1967, 123 min, DCP ‘Scope)
WEDNESDAY MAY 11 DOUBLE TILDA
"Do not fade. Do not wither. Do not grow old." So commands the dying Queen Elizabeth I of the handsome Lord Orlando (Tilda Swinton), who embarks upon a series of adventures that will take him across multiple centuries, countries...and genders. Sally Potter's delightful adaptation of Virginia Woolf's elaborate and fanciful novel is both sumptuously designed and playfully queer. (1992, 94 min, 35mm)
+ ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE 8:55
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a vampire who spends endless hours making and collecting music in his run-down Detroit home. The arrival of his lover Eve (Tilda Swinton) alleviates the boredom and soon Eve’s sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) shows up to lethally complicate their (un)lives. A moody and energetic vampire opus from Jim Jarmusch, recalling the nocturnal devastation of his Mystery Train and Down By Law; co-starring John Hurt as playwright/vampire Christopher Marlowe. (2013, 123 min, 35mm)
THURSDAY MAY 12 & FRIDAY MAY 13 PRIVATE EVENT
SATURDAY MAY 14DOUBLE FEATURE
THE BIRDS (2:00), 4:30, 7:00
Bored socialite Tippi Hedren rolls into Bodega Bay and comes into the lives of widower Rod Taylor and his family—strange avian attacks ensue. Ambiguity haunts Alfred Hitchcock’s menacing masterpiece, filled with indelible images of beauty and violence. Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright and Jessica Tandy co-star. Bernard Herrmann served as sound consultant. (1963, 119 min, 35mm)
+ THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE 9:15
Tony Musante is an American writer vacationing in Rome, where he witnesses a vicious murder. He is detained by the police as a key witness, and springs into action when the killer begins taunting him sinister phone calls. The first film from horror master Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) is an astonishingly stylish and assured debut, for which Argento was promptly labeled "the Italian Hitchcock." Music by Ennio Morricone; photographed by Vittorio Storaro. Don't miss it. (1969, 98 min, 35mm ‘Scope)
SUNDAY MAY 15SPECIAL EVENT
AGENTS OF CHANGE BAY AREA FILM PREMIERE 1:00
Agents of Change is an award-winning film documenting the black-led student protest movement of the late 1960's and the demands for black and ethnic studies programs that led to the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State and hundreds of other programs around the country. Through the stories of those who were at the forefront of these efforts, including actor and activist, Danny Glover, the film takes viewers to the crossroads of change and controversy at a pivotal time in American history, shedding new light on today's campus and community protests. Join the filmmakers and the film's participants at the Bay Area Premiere.
Advance ticket purchase: www.agentsofchangefilm.com.
Screening is co-sponsored by: California Humanities, Equal Justice Society, Jewish Film Institute, SF Foundation, Reva and David Logan Foundation and Films With A Purpose.
SUNDAY MAY 15DOUBLE FEATURE
BILLY BUDD 6:30
Terence Stamp, making his film debut, is excellent as the angelic young seaman Billy, who is hauled before the courts after his sadistic master-at-arms (Robert Ryan, in a role he long coveted) is murdered and the finger of suspicion points squarely at him. Peter Ustinov directs, produces, co-stars and co-writes this adaptation of Herman Melville's last work, a poignant examination of the blindness of justice and law. (1962, 123 min, 35mm ‘Scope)
+ KNIFE IN THE WATER 8:45
When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Roman Polanski’s brilliant thriller is a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. In Polish with English subtitles. (1962, 94 min, 35mm)
MONDAY MAY 16 & TUESDAY MAY 17DOUBLE FEATURE
BLADE RUNNER 7:00
WITHDRAWN FROM THEATRICAL EXHIBITION MAY 18!
Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, an ex-cop forced out of retirement to hunt four renegade android slaves on the acid rain swept streets of dystopian Los Angeles, 2019. Before it goes into theatrical hibernation, see Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi noir classic where it belongs: on the Castro’s ultra wide screen! Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos and the music of Vangelis co-star. (1982/2007, 117 min, DCP ‘Scope)
+ THE HUNGER 9:15
Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a centuries-old vampire couple in New York City who enlist the aid of doctor Susan Sarandon when one begins to age rapidly. The feature debut of Tony Scott is a visually dazzling melange of horror, romance, science and eroticism. (1983, 97 min, DCP ‘Scope)
WEDNESDAY MAY 18 THEATRE RENTED
THURSDAY MAY 19SHOT IN S.F. DOUBLE FEATURE
SUDDEN FEAR! 2:30, 7:00
In an Oscar nominated performance,Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who weds mediocre actor Jack Palance only to discover he married her for her money and, with the aid of old flame Gloria Grahame, plans to murder her. This top notch suspense thriller was shot in spectacular San Francisco by director David Miller and provides Crawford plenty of juicy moments to strut her stuff. (1952, 110 min, DCP)
+ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR 4:35, 9:05
Blake Edwards’ stylized noir stars Glenn Ford as a stalwart G-man out to thwart a psychopathic extortionist’s plans to force bank clerk Lee Remick to rob her place of employment. San Francisco locations (including the Bay Bridge, Clarendon Heights and Candlestick Park) have rarely looked better or more ominous, and Henry Mancini’s score is unnerving to the end. (1962, 123 min, DCP)
FRiDAY MAY 20
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents "ARE YOU GOiNG TO PROM?: BEST OF M4M" Double Bill 35mm Prints for Films - Admission $12 for one or both films
7:20p - PRETTY IN PINK (1986) - 30TH ANNIVERSARY 35MM SCREENiNG
Written by John Hughes; Directed Howard Deutch
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of John Hughes’ defining romantic comedy that should now be ranked alongside the absolute greatest. Have your heart melted by the ultimate off-beat, new-waver Andie, as she struggles with falling in love with both, the yuppie "class-act" Blaine and her lovably adoring BFF, Ducky. With the red-headed charm of Molly Ringwald, the classic romanticism of Jon Cryer, the soft-spoken shyness of Andrew McCarthy and Harry Dean Stanton's heartbreaking parental sadness, not to mention the sleeze-drenched James Spader-man, John Hughes captured an entire decade in one film (and era-defining soundtrack.) 35mm print courtesy of Paramount. RATED PG-13. Running Time 96 minutes. Preceded by other 1980s teen trailers.
9:15p - CARRIE (1976) - 40TH ANNiVERSARY 35MM SCREENiNG
Based on a book by Stephen King; Directed by Brian DePalma
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Brian De Palma's genre bending adaptation of Stephen King's first novel, which combines witch mythology, feminist overtones, young adult novels and more good ol' fashioned T&A than most movie franchises combined. Sissy Spacek delivers arguably her greatest performance, as the innocently good-natured Carrie White who is put to the absolute, adolescent, high school test by the some of the most deliciously mean-spirited teenagers of the late 1970s. Showcasing iconic heart throbs such as John Travolta, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen & Amy Irving along with “The Greatest American Hero” William Katt, it's Piper Laurie as Carrie's zealously religious mother who will haunt your dreams for the end of time. Come on out and support poor “Creepy Carrie” from all the meanies in the world! Preceded by a maximum overdrive of Stephen King trailers. 35mm print courtesy of Park Circus. RATED R. Running Time 98 minutes.
SATURDAY MAY 21 SPECIAL EVENT
AWAY DAYS WORLD PREMIERE TOUR 8:00
adidas Skateboarding presents its first-ever feature-length skate film: Away Days. Spanning three years and 22 cities, the film showcases both Global and International adidas Skateboarding teams, along with behind-the-scenes commentary from Lucas Puig, Mark “Gonz” Gonzales, Rodrigo TX, Nestor Judkins, Na-kel Smith, Tyshawn Jones, Jake Donnelly and Miles Silvas. Catch the San Francisco premiere on May 21st with doors opening 7pm. Free tickets are available at select local skate shops; first come, first served.www.adidas.com/skateboarding
SUNDAY MAY 22SPECIAL EVENT
IN CELEBRATION OF HARVEY MILK'S 86TH BIRTHDAY
A special screening of THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
In conjunction with the continuing expansion of LGBT studies in educational curriculums
Curated Tours Courtesy of the SF GLBT Museum: All day
VIP Reception: 2:00pm-3:00pm Screening: 3:00pm
There are few who have had such a singular impact on the LGBT community, politics, and history in San Francisco than Harvey Milk. In honor of his 86th birthday, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club once again brings Rob Epstein's powerful The Times of Harvey Milk to the Castro Theatre. In recognition of the continued efforts of former Congressman Tom Ammiano and other educators throughout the region, the Milk club will be presenting this landmark film to help bring Harvey's story to the Bay Area's youth and students. In addition, co-sponsors, The San Francisco GLBT Museum will be offering curated tours to all attendees free of charge throughout the day of the screening.
In one of the most perfect depictions of youthful alienation ever captured on celluloid, Dustin Hoffman became an instant star in Mike Nichols’ brilliant, funny and touching ‘60s sensation. The story of an ultra-naive college grad seduced by a middle-aged woman, then falls for her daughter, is just as pungent as ever. Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross co-star with the indelible songs of Simon & Garfunkel. (1967, 105 min, DCP ‘Scope)
+ RISKY BUSINESS 9:00
Tom Cruise was catapulted to stardom playing a Princeton hopeful who, upon meeting hooker Rebecca De Mornay, turns his vacationing parents’ home into a brothel. Making his directorial debut, Paul Brickman took a tired teen sex comedy blueprint, turned it on its head and fashioned an artful, sincere, and funny fable about coming of age in Reagan’s America. (1983, 98 min, 35mm)
THURSDAY MAY 26 PRIVATE EVENT
WEDNESDAY MAY 27 DOUBLE FEATURE
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL 7:30
It’s Square Pegs at the Round Table as England’s zaniest humorists take on the Middle Ages and convert Arthurian legend into uncontrollable lunacy! Written and performed by all your favorite Pythons, Holy Grail has been fully re-mastered in high definition and now includes the new, never-before-seen 12-minute short feature “Terry Gilliam’s Lost Animations.” *Free coconut shells* (while supplies last!) (1975, 104 min, DCP)
+ IDIOCRACY 9:30
Soldier Luke Wilson and hooker Maya Rudolph take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years in the future in a dystopian society full of extremely stupid people. Mike Judge’s keen satire targets everything from television and film to fast food, politics, medical care, consumerism and the dialectical speech patterns of a future generation. (2006, 84 min, 35mm)
SATURDAY MAY 28 SPECIAL EVENT
The DRAG QUEENS OF COMEDY 2016 is hosted by BIANCA DEL RIO.
The May 28, 2016 shows, 6pm and 10pm, feature drag-royalty superstars including:
These three films highlight the innovative animator Ray Harryhausen and his “DynaMation” process. HEAR Bernard Herrmann’s music—the most sought after scores in soundtrack collector history!
THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD 1:30, 7:10
SEE Sinbad on his seventh voyage battle Cyclops, the two-headed Roc and a dragon!
(1958, 88 min, DCP)
+ JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS 3:15, 8:55
SEE Jason and the Argonauts at odds against harpies, the bronze giant Talos, the multiple-headed Hydra and a skeleton army!
(1963, 104 min, DCP)
+ MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 5:15
SEE castaways on a mysterious island encounter a giant crab, a giant flightless bird, giant bees and a giant Chambered Nautiloid!
(1961, 101 min, DCP)
MONDAY MAY 30DOUBLE SPIELBERG
JAWS 2:15, 7:00
Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw join forces to battle a great white shark that’s been chewing up the locals off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Steven Spielberg’s highly effective shocker set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster. (1975, 124 min, DCP ‘Scope)
+ JURASSIC PARK 4:35, 9:20
The ultimate theme park becomes a danger zone when the genetically designed dinosaurs populating the island go on a rampage. Sam Neill and Laura Dern are scientists and Jeff Goldblum is a mathematician invited by billionaire Richard Attenborough to an unexpectedly terrifying sneak peek. Spielberg's hugely successful adventure remains high-powered summer entertainment. (1993, 127 min, DCP)
TUESDAY MAY 31 THEATRE CLOSED
WEDNESDAY JUNE 1DOUBLE PECKINPAH
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA 7:00
Warren Oates is a broken-down American living in Mexico. When he hears that a local landowner has offered a million dollars for the head of one Alfredo Garcia, he sees an easy score and a way to make something of his life. Director Sam Peckinpah was cinema’s poet laureate of alienated men on the edge, and this is his masterpiece. (1974, 112 min, 35mm)
+ THE WILD BUNCH9:05
Doomed outlaws attempt one last bank robbery on the Tex-Mex border circa 1913 in Sam Peckinpah’s authentic American classic. William Holden incarnates weary, honorable cutthroatery, Ernest Borgnine is his right hand man, Robert Ryan is his once friend, now foe. (1969, 145 min, 35mm ‘Scope)
THURSDAY JUNE 2-SUNDAY JUNE 5
SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
The 21st San Francisco Silent Film Festival takes place June 2–5, 2016 at the glorious Castro Theatre.
This year's edition is jampacked with new film discoveries and restorations, and many of our favorite musicians will be back—as well as some new faces!