WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18 DOUBLE FEATURE‬‬‬

SHADOW OF A DOUBT 2:45, 7:00

Joseph Cotton gives the performance of his career as a charming, utterly psychopathic uncle who visits his relatives in quiet Santa Rosa. Theresa Wright is splendid as his devoted niece who fights her horrific suspicions of who her uncle is. Hume Cronyn steals the show as the nosy pulp fiction fan in Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorite among his films. (1943, 108 min, 35mm)

+ SMILE 4:45, 9:00

Michael Ritchie’s biting American satire set against the “Young American ‬‬Miss” pageant provides a revealing peek inside the windows of sunny Santa Rosa and its denizens. Observantly written by Jerry Belson, this is one of the genuine hidden gems of 1970s cinema. With Barbara Feldon, Bruce Dern, Michael Kidd, Annette O’Toole and Melanie Griffith. (1975, 113 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY OCTOBER 19 DOUBLE FEATURE‬‬‬

UNDER THE SKIN 7:00
A beautiful, lonely woman trawls the streets of Glasgow in search of male company, but her would-be hookups find that there’s more to this woman than they could possibly imagine. Jonathan Glazer’s adaptation of Michel Faber’s novel digs deep into sexual politics and science fiction to craft one of the most compelling and controversial movies in recent years, combining unforgettable imagery, unscripted encounters, Mica Levy’s hypnotic score, and a fearless lead performance by Scarlett Johansson. (2013, 108 min, DCP)

+ ENTER THE VOID 9:05

In the neon-lit nightclub environments of Tokyo, a young American drug dealer is killed and crosses from one plane of existence to the next via an out-of-body experience. Gaspar Noé’s “psychedelic melodrama” is by turns beautiful and terrifying, utilizing imagery inspired by experimental cinema and psychedelic drug experiences. Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta and Cyril Roy star. Per Noé’s instruction, the film will be projected at 25 frames per second. (2009, approx 161 min - Extended cut, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


FRIDAY OCTOBER 20 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE OLD DARK HOUSE 7:30 NEW 4K RESTORATION!

Several travelers find themselves stranded in a spooky house, trapped by both the sheer derangement of the family who lives there and the storm raging outside. This atmospheric but decidedly campy Pre-Code comedy is the most uninhibited film from director James Whale (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein), and features many of his key actors, including Gloria Stuart, Ernest Thesiger, and Boris Karloff as the mute, booze-addled butler. (1932, 71 min, 4K DCP)

+ THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 8:55 4K RESTORATION!

After an unsettling encounter with a deranged hitchhiker, a group of young travelers are beset by a homicidal clan of cannibals. Despite surprisingly minimal gore, director Tobe Hooper’s (RIP) sweaty, deep South horror opus ratchets up the intensity to truly frightening levels, and over 40 years later remains one of the most terrifying movies ever made. (1974, 84 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 SPECIAL EVENT

MARGARET CHO: FRESH OFF THE BLOAT Two shows 7:00 & 9:30

This is my sickest show to date. My grandmother said, ‘You look like bloated as if you’ve been found dead in a lake after several days of searching.’ (Koreans are the most savage of all the Asians.) This time, I’m talking about being fresh off drugs, drinking and on the brink of suicide and I’ve come back to life. I’ve finally been fished out of the river Styx. It’s meta. It’s magical. It’s me. xoxo Margaret

To purchase tickets go to livenation.com.

 
     
   


SUNDAY OCTOBER 22 SPECIAL EVENT

Booksmith presents Rupi Kaur at the Castro 2:00

This event is SOLD OUT! Beloved author and illustrator Rupi Kaur joins us at the Castro Theatre for one unforgettable afternoon with a spoken word performance from her new book, The Sun and Her Flowers. Kaur's long-awaited second collection is a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. booksmith.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY OCTOBER 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

SUSPIRIA 7:00 NEW, UNCUT 4K RESTORATION!

Nonstop shocks confront American ballet student Jessica Harper when she arrives at a sinister dance academy in Germany, where young girls have begun to disappear. Dario Argento’s relentlessly stylish horror classic is loaded with totally unexpected elements, including the loudest soundtrack you will ever hear. Stefania Casini, Joan Bennet, Daria Nicolodi and Alida Valli co-star. (1977, 98 min, 4K DCP ‘Scope)

+ PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE 8:55

Brian De Palma’s insanely entertaining musical comedy/horror film stars Paul Williams as an evil, eternally young Phil Spector-ish music magnate thwarting mangled musician William Finley’s rocking rampage of revenge. Great support from Jessica Harper (her film debut), George Memmoli and De Palma regular Garrett Graham as “Beef.” Williams also penned all of the wonderful songs. (1974, 92 min, DCP)

 
     
   


MONDAY OCTOBER 23
SPECIAL PRE-HALLOWEEN TRIPLE FEATURE!
I WAKE UP DREAMING 2017: SLEEP NO MORE!

HOUSE OF HORRORS 6:30 only!
A bizarre noir curio, the final film to star Rondo Hatton, an actor notoriously exploited by Hollywood’s B picture studios. Hatton suffered from acromegaly, a degenerative and disfiguring disease that gave him the unfortunate appearance of being an actual human monster. Here he plays “The Creeper,” a psychopathic maniac who becomes the murderous tool of a demented artist! Unappreciated to say the least, largely due to the unsavory circumstances of its production, this is a historic screening that cannot be ignored! Photographed by Maury Gertsman. Co-starring Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey, Martin Kosleck, and Alan Napier. Directed by Jean Yarbrough. In B&W. 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINT. 65 mins. 1946.

+ THE SPIRITUALIST (aka THE AMAZING MR. X) 7:50 only!
A sumptuously dark romantic thriller that drops us squarely into the eerily unfamiliar world of psychics and mediums! Struggling with the grief of her loss, an alluring young widow is convinced that the mysterious clairvoyant she meets one evening has the power to reunite her with her recently departed husband. A thrilling race to the truth will uncover many strange secrets in this low-budget masterpiece, stunningly photographed by the legendary John Alton. Starring Lynn Bari, Turhan Bey, Richard Carlson, and Cathy O’Donnell. Directed by Bernard Vorhaus. In B&W. 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINT. 79 mins. 1948. 88 mins. 1944.

+ THE SOUL OF A MONSTER 9:20 only!
As a beloved physician lies hopelessly ill at death’s door, a mysterious woman arrives, hastening his miraculous recovery amidst the suspicious aura of satanic skullduggery! This strangely hypnotic horror / noir hybrid makes for a highly rewarding film with deeper, more spiritual messaging than normally expected of a sixty-minute B picture. Photographed by the incomparable Burnett Guffey. Starring George Macready, Rose Hobart, Jeanne Bates, and Jim Bannon. Directed by Will Jason. In B&W. 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINT. 61 mins. 1944.
 
     
   


TUESDAY OCTOBER 24 DOUBLE FEATURE

FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL!...KILL! 7:00

"Beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made." So did John Waters deem the uninhibited masterpiece by exploitation auteur Russ Meyer, in which a trio of go-go dancers launch a high-speed crusade of mayhem, thievery, and murder across the California desert. Tura Satana achieved cult icon status for her in-your-face performance as femme brutale Varla; this surprisingly well-plotted movie has been a clear influence on the work of everyone from Quentin Tarantino to Janet Jackson. You gotta see it. (1965, 83 min, 35mm)

+ FEMALE TROUBLE 8:40

“Crime equals beauty” is Dawn Davenport’s motto. See her insanely depraved life trajectory from waitress, to go-go dancer, to cat burglar, to media freak, to her big day in the electric chair. Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole and Edith Massey star in John Waters’ riotously funny bad-taste epic. (1974, 98 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 DOUBLE ORSON

TOUCH OF EVIL 2:30, 7:00

Orson Welles’ last Hollywood film as writer/director stars Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh as Americans caught in a maze of corruption just over the Mexican border. Dazzling camerawork, a superb Henry Mancini score and towering roles for Marlene Dietrich and Orson steal the show. (1958, 112 min - 1998 restored cut, DCP)

+ THE TRIAL 4:40, 9:05

“Say what you like, but The Trial is the best film I have ever made.” So said Orson of his visually stunning adaptation—made with complete creative freedom—of Franz Kafka’s famous tale. Hapless protagonist Josef K (Anthony Perkins, rarely better) is placed under arrest by shadowy government agents on unspecified charges and is dropkicked into a nightmare world vividly realized by Welles. Co-starring Jeanne Moreau and Welles himself voicing 11 different characters. (1962, 118 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY OCTOBER 26 DOUBLE FEATURE

ALIENS 7:00

Fifty-seven years after battling a vicious space creature bred to kill, Ellen Ripley (an iconic Sigourney Weaver) awakens from deep sleep and joins a mission that pits her against dozens of the beasts. Director James Cameron ups the tension in his just-as-good sequel, cementing his reputation for imaginative and gripping widescreen action. Joining Weaver for the battle are Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein and Bill Paxton. (1986, 137 min, DCP)

+ NEAR DARK 9:30

A young man falls hard for a mysterious woman, and their dalliance lands him among a brood of nomadic bloodsuckers. Never once using the word "vampire," Kathryn Bigelow's indie opus strikes new ground for the horror film. Aliens cast members Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, and Bill Paxton (RIP) play the undead; Tangerine Dream provide the atmospheric, propulsive soundtrack. (1987, 94 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 & SATURDAY OCTOBER 28 SPECIAL EVENTS
BAY AREA SCIENCE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY OCTOBER 27
Festival of Bad Hypotheses 7:00

BAHFest is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory. Our brave speakers present their bad theories in front of a live audience and a panel of judges with real science credentials, who together determine who takes home the coveted BAHFest trophy. And eternal glory, of course. Keynote by San Francisco's own and former Mythbuster Adam Savage. Judges include New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer, senior science reporter for FiveThirtyEight.com Maggie Koerth-Baker, and UC Davis ecologist Gail Patrcelli.

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 28
Tested: Deconstructed 7:00

Adam Savage and Tested.com present Tested: Decontructed, an evening of demonstrations of fantastic projects and conversations about the processes that make them possible. Join Adam Savage, robot builder Simone Giertz, the Tested team, and friends in the maker community as they reveal what makes their projects tick and the journeys that took those builds from obsession to reality. Full information at: bayareascience.org

 
     
   


SUNDAY OCTOBER 29 SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Disney’s FROZEN Sing-Along noon

Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman.

Warm up your vocal chords, Frozen-atics. It’s time to join Anna and Elsa in song and “Let It Go” with your kindred spirits. Sing along to the words of the Academy Award- winning film, accompanied by on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to follow along! Dress up for the costume contest! Goody bags at the door! (2013, full program runs approx 120 min, DCP ‘Scope)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
$16 general; $11 youth (12 and under) / seniors (62 and over)
Tickets will be available day of show or can be purchased in advance via
TicketWeb.

 
     
   


SUNDAY OCTOBER 29 DOUBLE FEATURE
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY (1928-2017)

THE EXORCIST 3:30, 8:15

A young girl demonically possessed sets the stage for this raw, deadly serious and intelligent look at both the spiritual and sociological aspects of faith. As directed by William Friedkin, this bone-chilling masterpiece brought horror to another level via its expert cast and a meticulous attention to detail. Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb and Linda Blair star; William Peter Blatty adapted the Oscar-winning screenplay from his novel. (1973, 132 min - Director’s cut, DCP)

+ THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (aka Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane) 6:00
In Blatty’s adaptation of his novel, Stacy Keach is Kane, the new commanding officer at a remote castle serving as a military asylum where he attempts to rehabilitate the soldiers, namely the troubled astronaut Cutshaw (Scott Wilson.) "A breathtaking cocktail of philosophy, eye-popping visuals, jaw-dropping pretentiousness, rib-tickling humour and heart-stopping action…Blatty directs like a man with no understanding of, or interest in, the supposed limits of mainstream movie-making.” -Mark Kermode (1979, 118 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY OCTOBER 30 DOUBLE FEATURE ($13)
I Wake Up Dreaming 2017: SLEEP NO MORE!

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE 7:15 only!
Time has done nothing to diminish the nightmarish effects of this brilliant political fantasy, a chilling film noir masterpiece that continues to ignite strange, speculative reactions in the current age of Trump. An army officer returns from the Korean War with some very dangerous ideas planted in his mind thanks to a highly skilled staff of Communist brainwashers. Shocking and suspenseful, it imprints itself onto the psyche like few other films. The innovative cinematography is by Lionel Lindon. From the novel by Richard Condon. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, and James Gregory. Directed by John Frankenheimer. In B&W. DCP. 126 mins. 1962.

+ INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 5:30 and 9:30
This rightfully revered science fiction thriller also doubles as a darkly fatalistic film noir parable in its depiction of the dehumanization of contemporary society. The pulpy narrative about seed pods from outer space with the ability to replicate and control every man, woman and child on the planet still has the power to plunge us into the deepest pit of fear given its authentic adherence to B movie aesthetics. Whether seen as an allegorical commentary on conformity or a direct attack on the government-led communist witch-hunt that had seized control of Hollywood at that time, it is, above all, a relentlessly mindblowing experience! With cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks. Starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, and Carolyn Jones. Directed by Don Siegel. In B&W. 35mm. 80 mins. 1956.

 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 THEATRE CLOSED. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

     
   


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 1

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (3:00), 5:00, 7:00, 9:00

An examination of the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of TALES OF THE CITY moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70’s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war. (2017, 91 min, DCP)

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2 TBA

     
   


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3 JOHN CARPENTER DOUBLE SHOT

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 7:00

None-too-bright trucker Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) finds himself picking sides when lethal gangs wage supernatural war in San Francisco’s Chinatown, fueled by an ancient and deadly sorcerer. John Carpenter’s most ambitious film effortlessly combines kung fu, comedy, western, and horror, offering three-dimensional roles for a mostly Asian-American cast and serving it all up with a rock & roll pulse. (1986, 99 min, DCP 'Scope)

 

+ ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK 8:55

In a future where Manhattan Island is now a maximum security prison, war vet outlaw Kurt Russell is offered a reprieve if he can rescue the POTUS held captive within the walls of incarceration. Lee Van Cleef, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence and Isaac Hayes co-star in Carpenter’s wild melding of the Eastwood and Hawks ethea. (1981, 99 min, DCP ‘Scope)

John Carpenter brings his Anthology Tour to The Warfield on Nov. 4th. Stay tuned for the big give-away at the Castro on Nov 3rd!

 
 
 
 
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