Event Free and Open to the Public

Arthur Francis Galster, known to his friends and loved ones as Arturo, died suddenly on Aug. 25, 2014. With innumerable friends and theatre colleagues in disbelief that Arturo is no longer with us on earth, a CELEBRATION OF LIFE - one that he would be proud of will take place at his beloved Castro Theatre. The evening will be a multimedia celebration of all stages of Arturo's life and work, including song, dance, visual art, video, film and photography.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Please come as who you are - Festive attire is highly recommended and encouraged!

An Indegogo Campaign has been created to help defray costs for the memorial service. To contribute please visit:

The San Francisco Chronicle memorialized Arturo here-

Arturo appeared on stages throughout the world, but also was special to the Castro Theatre- performing for almost 20 years for events produced by Marc Huestis presents. Here he shared the stage with such celebrities as Karen Black, Ann-Margret, John Waters, John Cameron Mitchell, Patty McCormack, Edie Adams, Carol Lynley, Linda Blair, Barbara Eden, Stella Stevens, and others.

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VIDEO - Arturo as Endora from "Bewitched" for Linda Blair/ EXORCIST tribute (2001)

VIDEO - Arturo Galster as Tim Gunn: Bad Boys of Project Runway (2007)





Following the success of the 2013 film series PASOLINI, we are presenting four of the most successful and loved works by legendary Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci.

BERTOLUCCI - A Film Series will engage the audience in a one-day pursuit of a dream that arose from a prolific cinematic career spanning over fifty years. The festival will spotlight a unique selection of Bertolucci films in new 35mm prints as well as the exclusive Northern California Premiere of the newly-restored 3D version of the nine-time Academy Award-winning masterpiece, THE LAST EMPEROR, converted by the international visual effects company, Prime Focus World. Special guest(s) to be announced.

12:30pm - The Conformist (35mm)
3:00pm - The Sheltering Sky (35mm)
6:00pm - The Last Emperor 3D
8:30pm - Party: Inside the Forbidden City
9:30pm - Last Tango in Paris (35mm)

Tickets for THE LAST EMPEROR 3D are $15.00 each, while the other films are $12.00 each. Discounts are available for students and seniors.

The special party “Inside the Forbidden City” in the theatre’s mezzanine will follow “The Last Emperor,” featuring Italian and Chinese cuisines and drinks. Tickets: $15.00 each.

The $50.00 All-Access Pass grants admission to all four films plus the party.




Co-presented by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. The exhibition is organized by: Program Director Amelia Antonucci, Cinema Italia San Francisco; Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy, under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco.


With The Conformist, Bertolucci was anything but, distinguishing himself with a sumptuous masterpiece that delves into the clash between repressed guilt and political acquiescence. The titular “conformist,” Marcello Clerici is a suave intellectual who has risen through the ranks of Mussolini’s fascist government. A long sublimated molestation has driven him to seek “the impression of normalcy,” so he forfeits all moral value in the pursuit of anonymity. When he is sent to Paris to organize the assassination of his former mentor, an antifascist professor, Clerici must confront his tortured past. Bertolucci’s chilling study of the fascist personality is told through flashbacks refracting as though through a faceted gemstone. The accumulating story is re-collected via an exacting design of Art Deco excess, disorienting scale, and uncanny lighting. Clerici (portrayed by Jean-Louis Trintignant with unnerving control) is captive to an interior inertia reflected by these strident surroundings. Throughout his films, Bertolucci has perused the interplay of moral convention and psychological failing. The Conformist breaks with the norm in its lavish condemnation of follow-the-leader. —Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley (1970, 111 min, Italian with EngST, 35mm) Buy Tickets ($12.00)


Based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky stars John Malkovich and Debra Winger as a sophisticated couple, married for ten years, who have come to the African desert in search of renewal and personal inspiration. “The Sheltering Sky is a long, beautifully modulated cry of despair. It's the sort of dark, romantic movie that only Mr. Bertolucci. The time is shortly after the end of World War II, when the civilized world is still trying to rediscover the reassuring boundaries of commonplace routine. The film somehow manages to find cinema equivalents to the Bowles prose in which exterior and inner landscapes are evoked with the same fine clarity of expression.….Like the novel, which is piercing and specific even when it is describing emotional inertia, the movie makes the unhappy love story of Port and Kit seem vital, and inseparable from the terrain in which it all comes to an end. "The Sheltering Sky" is stunning to look at (Vittorio Storaro was the cameraman), but it is never simply picturesque. It mesmerizes.” –Vincent Canby, The New York Times (1990, 137 min, English, 35mm) Buy Tickets ($12.00)


Exclusive Northern California Premiere: The new 4k restoration and 3D conversion of nine time Academy Award-winning film The Last Emperor from legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci. 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the first international release of this masterpiece in 1987. A reel of the film was sent to be screened at the Cannes Opening Ceremony in 1987 as a gift from Bertolucci. A film of unsurpassed splendour, The Last Emperor was beautifully shot with attention to the smallest detail in the production design, costume and cinematography, and the 4K 3D conversion allows an audience to really appreciate the magnificence of this cinematic experience. The sound has also been remastered from the original 6-track to make the most of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s exquisite score. The film follows the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three in 1908 before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Ching dynasty China with astonishing detail and craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and costume designer James Acheson, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy. Winner of 9 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, 3 BAFTAs including Best Picture and 4 Golden Globes including Best Director. (1987, 163 min, English, DCP) Buy Tickets (Film: $15.00, Film+Party: $25.00)


The special party “Inside the Forbidden City” in the Castro Theatre’s mezzanine will take place following the screening of “The Last Emperor,” featuring Italian and Chinese cuisines and drinks. Buy Last Emperor + Party Tickets ($25.00). Buy Party Only Tickets ($15.00).


In Bernardo Bertolucci's art-house classic, Marlon Brando delivers one of his characteristically idiosyncratic performances as Paul, a middle-aged American in "emotional exile" who comes to Paris when his estranged wife commits suicide. Chancing to meet young Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider), Paul enters into a sadomasochistic, carnal relationship with her, indirectly attacking the hypocrisy all around him through his raw, outrageous sexual behavior. Paul also hopes to purge himself of his own feelings of guilt, brilliantly (and profanely) articulated in a largely ad-libbed monologue at his wife's coffin. If the sexual content in Last Tango is uncomfortably explicit (once seen, the infamous "butter scene" is never forgotten), the combination of Brando's acting, Bertolucci's direction, Vittorio Storaro's cinematography, and Gato Barbieri's music is unbeatable, creating one of the classic European art movies of the 1970s, albeit one that is not for all viewers. (1976, 128 min, English, 35 mm) Buy Tickets ($12.00)

Co-presented by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. The exhibition is organized by: Program Director Amelia Antonucci, Cinema Italia San Francisco; Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy, under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco.


Thursday, November 6 SPECIAL EVENT

Mary Woronov, Warhol Superstar: The Chelsea Girls 7:00
Mary Woronov In Person

In the early 1960s, Mary Woronov was sculpture student at Cornell University, afflicted with ennui, aching for escape. A class fieldtrip in 1964 to Andy Warhol’s legendary Factory (“It was dim and dirty-looking, as if it were underground”), led to an impromptu Screen Test (filmed by Gerard Malanga) and Woronov’s star ascended. Shortly thereafter she was dancing the infamous whip dance with Malanga on stage with the Velvet Underground and, in 1966, appeared in eight(!) of Warhol’s legendary filmic studies on stardom, camp and performativity. A lifelong career as an underground movie icon was launched. Mary Woronov appears in person at each screening to regale the congregation with tales of these tumultuous times. This two-part series is curated by Dale Hoyt and Steve Polta, in association with the San Francisco Art Institute.

At the majestic Castro Theatre we present The Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol’s sprawling parody of the Hollywood melodrama. Inspired by wide-screen cinema, this enormous double-projected camp classic simultaneously screens scenes from the decadent and desperate downtown lives of Warhol’s art world entourage, in garish color and gritty black and white. Mary Woronov appears in her debut role as Hanoi Hannah, interrogating a humiliated cast of captured GI Joes (portrayed by Ultra Violet and International Velvet) with other outrageously improvised “performances” by Nico, Eric Emerson, Brigid Polk, filmmaker Marie Menken and the one and only Pope Ondine. Soundtrack features a rare live recording of the Velvet Underground. (Steve Polta)

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Special Admission $15 General / $12 S.F. Cinematheque Members



Ross Mathews LIVE
LOL's & Advice Show
Show at 8pm
Reserved and GA Tickets now available at:

Since 2001, Ross Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in-demand television personalities in the pop-culture arena today. Endearing and witty, undeniably funny and one of the hardest working people in show business, Mathews has won the hearts of millions of Americans since his television debut — as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

And now, over twelve years later, Mathews is nominated for a People’s Choice Award for his own talk show, “Hello Ross!”

In addition to hosting his own talk show, Mathews is also a best-selling author! He released his first book, “Man Up: Tales of my Delusional Self-Confidence” on May 7, 2013 [Grand Central Publishing]. With an introduction written by Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, and afterword from Chelsea Handler, “Man Up” takes readers inside Mathews’ personal journey as a super fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small town life and big city adventures, and how he managed to turn an obsession with pop culture into one on one interactions with celebrities like Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, and Michelle Kwan [to name a few] without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.

Mathews can also be seen as a regular panelist and occasional guest host on E!’s late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately,” and is a fixture on E! News and E! Network’s live red carpet awards show coverage.

Mathews’ impressive resume of television programs he has appeared on over the past decade include: NBC’s “1 vs. 100” and “Phenomenon,” he has appeared as a guest co-host on ABC’s “The View,” he was a contestant on the fifth season of VH1’s hit series “Celebrity Fit Club,” he has appeared as a celebrity correspondent on “Extra” and “The Insider,” has recurred as ‘Chris’ on “Days of our Lives,” co-hosted The Game Show Network’s “Big Saturday Night,” appeared on the OWN Network’s “Ask Oprah’s All-Stars,” starred as himself in ABC Family’s holiday movie “Christmas Cupid,” and has made appearances on BRAVO’s “Interior Therapy,” ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies Reunion,” E!‘s “Studio E!” and “After Lately,” and HGTV’s “House Hunters.”



This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th ski film, No Turning Back. The newest installment pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead us to every end of the winter world—and this year is no different. From beneath the blankets of powder in Niseko, Japan to the top of Greece’s Mount Olympus, the French Alps, and the Mom & Pop hills of Montana, each location is sure to provide nothing but stoke. Watch Olympian Ted Ligety shred the World Cup in Colorado, Ingrid Backstrom and Jess McMillan push the boundaries of the Alaskan Chugach, and JT Holmes and Ulie Kestenholz take flight high above the Swiss Alps. Revel in the celebration for this year’s winter season and remember, this time there’s No Turning Back.

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