SUNDAY DECEMBER 10 SPECIAL EVENT

SFFILM Presents

Holiday Family Event
PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems
10:00am

Join SFFILM Education and Academy Award nominated animation studio Tonko House for a special Bay Area premiere screening of their newest work PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems, and a book signing of their debut graphic novel The Dam Keeper. Since 2014, SFFILM Education has been proud to support and showcase the beautiful filmmaking and storytelling from this local treasure of the independent animation community, founded by former Pixar art directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. This event, perfect for educators, families (with children ages 5 and up), and fans of independent animation will feature a screening of the new work, a Q & A and behind the scenes peek into the making of the series with a live drawing demo, and a meet & greet session where attendees will have an opportunity to get autographs and photos with our guests. Just in time for the holidays and last minute present buying, Tonko House will also have a number of unique items for sale, including their brand new graphic novel, written and illustrated by Robert and Dice. All children in attendance will also be eligible for a free raffle of a few special items, including a signed drawing from Erick Oh.

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 10 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE WIZARD OF OZ 3:10, 7:00

MGM’s lavish, unique fantasy is a genuine family classic that has melted hearts for decades with its indelible melodies and timeless themes. The beloved Judy Garland became a star in this tale of a lonely orphan who gets her wish to travel “over the rainbow.” Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley co-star along with the songs of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Directed by Victor Fleming and an uncredited King Vidor. (1939, 101 min, DCP)

+ WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 5:05, 8:55

Under the guise of a family musical, this wicked comedy—perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl’s original book—tells the tale of enigmatic candy manufacturer Gene Wilder who punishes nasty children in various diabolical methods during his contest to win a lifetime supply of sweets. Featuring the psychedelic sets of Harper Goff; directed by Mel Stuart. (1971, 100 min, DCP)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 11 DOUBLE ASHBY

HAROLD AND MAUDE 7:00

Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon and a wall-to-wall Cat Stevens soundtrack star in Hal Ashby’s darkly comic love story between a suicidal 20-year-old boy and a 79-year- old woman, each sharing a fascination with death. Working from Colin Higgins’ highly original script, Ashby keeps the proceedings honest with his touch; as a plus he sets their adventures amongst the gorgeous lost landscapes of the Bay Area. Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack and Charles Tyner bring on their idiosyncratic support. (1971, 91 min, 35mm)

+ BEING THERE 8:40

This gentle, clever satire features Peter Sellers’ penultimate performance as a gardener whose perception of reality is based on his life of solitude and the sole influence of television. Ashby’s take on screenwriter Jerzy Kosinski’s novel is a tour-de-force of sensitivity and serves as a host to a treasure trove of interpretations. Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden and Melvyn Douglas co-star. (1979, 130 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 12 & WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13
SPECIAL EVENT

The Long Now Foundation's Seminars About Long-term Thinking presents:
Rick Prelinger, Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 12 @ 7:30

The twelfth year of Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, the annual archival film program that celebrates San Francisco’s past and looks towards its future. Combining favorites from past years with this year’s footage discoveries, this feature-length program shows San Francisco's neighborhoods, infrastructures, celebrations and people from the early 20th century through the 1970s.

New sequences this year include North Beach clubs and nightlife, colorful New Deal labor graphics, early BART footage, a scooters’ rights demonstration, dunes in the Sunset, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal shooting WHAT’S UP DOC? on location in the Richmond District, more footage of the mysterious Running Man in Chinatown and on Nob Hill, Bay Area activism, Latino families dancing on Ocean Beach, and much, much more.

As always, the audience makes the soundtrack at the glorious Castro Theatre! Come prepared to identify places, people and events; to ask questions; and to engage in spirited real-time repartee with fellow audience members. TICKETS

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 14

BULLITT 7:00

Classic San Francisco cop procedural has Steve McQueen aggressively investigating a mob hit in the face of politico intervention. Peter Yates’ taut direction makes great use of The City and the famous car chase remains one to be outdone. Co-starring a steely Robert Vaughn, the gorgeous Jacqueline Bisset and a groovy score by Lalo Schifrin. (1968, 114 min, 35mm)

+ 48 HRS. 5:00, 9:10

A grizzled SFPD detective (Nick Nolte) and a wisecracking convict (Eddie Murphy, an assured debut film performance) have only two days to track a vicious pair of cop killers on the run in San Francisco. Walter Hill's action-packed and very funny opus created the template for the "buddy movie" formula popular in the 80s, and is boosted by the chemistry between Nolte and Murphy and fine locations a short walk from the Castro Theatre. (1982, 96 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 15 MADELINE KAHN DOUBLE FEATURE

WHAT’S UP, DOC? 7:15

Perhaps the closest re-creation of 1930s screwball comedies ever produced, Peter Bogdanovich’s San Francisco-shot romp stars Ryan O’Neal as a stuffy musicologist whose life is endlessly complicated by nutty live wire Barbra Streisand. This bona fide classic co-stars Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton and, in her screen debut, Madeline Kahn. (1972, 94 min)

+ HIGH ANXIETY 5:20, 9:05

The thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock are the target of Mel Brooks’ lowbrow spoof about a psychiatrist (played by Brooks) who takes over as the director of the very strange and sinister PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very Very Nervous. Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey and Dick Van Patten co-star. (1977, 94 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 DOUBLE STEPHEN KING

THE SHINING 4:15, 9:05

When adapting the literary greats to the screen, be they Nabokov, Burgess, Thackeray, or a Stephen King novel about a writer losing it in a haunted hotel, Stanley Kubrick makes their stories quite his own. Ride the axe handle with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers as you enter SK’s secretive world of snowbound horror. (1980, 145 min, 35mm)

+ MISERY 2:10, 7:00

A romance novelist (James Caan) finds himself trapped in the care of his "number one fan" (Oscar-winner Kathy Bates), a jittery nurse who has some strong feelings about his latest manuscript. This tight, tense, claustrophobic thriller marked a stark change of pace for director Rob Reiner (Stand By Me, The Princess Bride), and was deemed by novelist Stephen King to be one of the finest adaptations of his work. (1990, 107 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 17 DOUBLE BOGIE

CASABLANCA 3:00, 7:00

The sentimental tale of two men vying for the same woman’s love, this story of political and romantic espionage set in war-torn Morocco is arguably the greatest film of all time. Elusive gin joint owner Humphrey Bogart’s world of displaced expats is lit up when old flame Ingrid Bergman reenters the picture. Steeped in rich, smoky atmosphere, trails of lost love, honor and duty, self-sacrifice, and passion collide under Michael Curtiz’s masterful direction. (1942, 102 min, 35mm)

+ DARK PASSAGE 1:00, 5:00, 9:00

Falsely convicted wife-murderer/San Quentin escapee Bogart is offered asylum from wealthy socialite Bacall and becomes bent on clearing his name. With extensive use of the first person camera technique, this is the strangest and most experimental of Bogie and Bacall’s collaborations. Based on the David Goodis novel, screenwriter/director Delmer Daves makes good use of San Francisco locales. (1947, 106 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 18 & TUESDAY DECEMBER 19

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (3:00), 6:00, 9:00

Taking place thirty years after the events of the first film, blade runner Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for 30 years. Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks and Jared Leto co-star in Denis Villeneuve’s (Sicario, Arrival) stunning sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece. (2017, 163 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20 SPECIAL EVENT

Join us for the eighth annual NOIR CITY XMAS, as the Film Noir Foundation offers a double-feature of rare noir-stained 1940s' yuletide films to darken your spirits. The evening will also feature the unveiling of the full schedule (and poster!) for NOIR CITY 16, the world's most popular film noir festival, coming to the Castro Theatre January 26-February 4, 2018. And, for your holiday shopping pleasure, NOIR CITY 16 Passports (all-access festival passes) will be available for sale at NOIR CITY Xmas — just visit the FNF's merchandise table on the Castro mezzanine! As always, NOIR CITY co-programmer and FNF prez Eddie Muller will be your noir Noël host.

MANHANDLED 7:30
1949, Paramount, 97 min. Dir. Lewis R. Foster
Poor Dorothy Lamour is on the "Road to the Slammer" when she becomes prime suspect in the murder of a wealthy socialite. Could the real culprit be sleazy private-eye neighbor Dan Duryea? Or studly insurance investigator Sterling Hayden? This wildly convoluted mystery, veering from high style to low humor, is a contemporaneous parody of noir tropes. An ultra-rarity never before screened at NOIR CITY, Manhandled is presented via a special "one night only" arrangement with Paramount Pictures.

+ ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE 9:30 Brand new 35mm print!
1942, Columbia [Sony Pictures], 67 min. Dir. Lew Landers
Reformed thief Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) helps present a charity Christmas show for New York prison inmates, but things go haywire when a wrongly convicted con (Larry Parks) uses the troupe to aid in his bust-out. Blackie frantically outraces the cops to recapture the con and spare him a bad end. This breathless combination of mystery, comedy, and action is perhaps the best offering in Columbia's long-running "Boston Blackie" series, one of the most popular "B" serials of all-time.

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 21

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (4:45), 7:00, 9:00

Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds dance up a storm in what is perhaps the greatest movie musical of all time. Directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, they spoof the transitional period in film from silents to talkies as concocted by the matchless writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, plus MGM’s catalog of Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown songs. (1952, 103 min, DCP)

 

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 22

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (2:30), 5:15, 8:00

A Christmas perennial, Frank Capra’s classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a family man at the end of his rope who is shown by a friendly angel what life would be like without him. Sentimental in the best sense, with a deep strain of melancholy coursing through it, Stewart gives one of his finest performances. Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers co-star. (1946, 130 min, DCP)

 

 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 23 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 24

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents
“Home For The Holidays”
5PM, 7PM & 9PM

Every year, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus comes together on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday season with three not-to-be-missed concerts at the historic Castro Theatre!

This year is the 28th Annual iteration of "Home for the Holidays," and we have quite a few tricks up our holiday sweater sleeves, including the stunning Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, who will join us on stage! There will be joyful, raucous new takes on holiday favorites, gorgeous new choral works and tons of dazzling choreography – all done up with signature SFGMC flair. Don’t miss out on all the festivities!

These shows always sell out, so buy your tickets early.

$30 General Admission / $40 Priority Seating
Tickets via SFGMC.org or City Box Office at (415) 392-4400

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 25 THEATRE CLOSED HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 THROUGH MONDAY JANUARY 1
SPECIAL PRESENTAION

SING-ALONG SOUND OF MUSIC

Tue 1:00, 7:00; Wed thru Fri 7:00; Sat 1:00, 7:00; Sun 1:00; Mon 1:00, 7:00

Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman. An annual Castro Theatre event, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in glorious widescreen, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! 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! The movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP ‘Scope)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
• $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)
• Tickets will be available day of show or can be purchased in advance via
TicketWeb

 
 
 
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