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SUNDAY DECEMBER 8-MONDAY DECEMBER 9

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH Sun 1:30, 6:15; Mon 2:30, 7:00
Q&A following the 7:00 screening on Dec 9!
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To combat the reemergence of anti-LGBTQ+ laws and hate crimes brought upon by the Trump era, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus boldly toured areas of the southern United States, bringing their message of love and inclusion for everyone. Juxtaposing chorus members’ modern-day encounters with historical perspectives, director David Charles Rodrigues chronicles this intense and inspirational journey. Fueled by fantastic music, this dynamic documentary captures the heart and soul of a contemporary civil rights movement. –SFFILM (2019, 98 min, DCP)
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SUNDAY DECEMBER 8-MONDAY DECEMBER 9

PAIN AND GLORY Sun 3:45, 8:30; Mon 4:30, 9:15
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Antonio Banderas won the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actor award for his performance as Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker whose career and health are on the wane. The revival of one of Mallo’s greatest films sparks a renewed collaboration with lead actor Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandia), the fruits of which send Mallo on a collision course with his past, and might just open the door to a brighter future. Though not 100% autobiographical, the latest film from Pedro Almodóvar is unmistakably one of his most keenly personal works, and is one of 2019’s greatest, loveliest movies. With Penélope Cruz, luminous in flashbacks as Mallo’s loving, determined mother. (2019, in Spanish with English subtitles, 113 min, DCP)
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TUESDAY DECEMBER 10 & WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11

The Long Now Foundation's Seminars About Long-term Thinking presents:
Rick Prelinger, Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 14



Our annual Lost Landscapes of San Francisco show with Rick Prelinger will run for 2 nights this year and a portion of the proceeds are going directly to support the Prelinger Library!

This is, unbelievably, the 14th year of LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO. Combining a year of exciting archival discoveries with evergreen favorites from past years, this feature-length program shows San Francisco's people, neighborhoods, infrastructures and celebrations from the early 20th century through the 01980s.

New sequences this year run the gamut from the streets of noirish downtown San Francisco in the 01940s to the lively Mission, Richmond, Sunset and Ingleside Terrace districts; family life just prior to World War II; bohemia, psychedelia and punk; newly discovered footage of the late, lamented Sky Tram and the unlamented Bayside Motel and Embarcadero Freeway; horsing around on the Rainier Beer loading dock in 01937; water and transit infrastructure; a hobo by the zoo; Cinemascope footage from the 01950s; the building of I-280; and many intimate glimpses of Latinx, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Black and white families.

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.

The Wednesday showing will also feature a presentation on the Prelinger Library, San Francisco's famed experimental research library that supports artists, historians, community members, and researchers of all kinds. On both evenings you can purchase $50 Prelinger Library Patron Tickets, which includes reserved seating in the theater.

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THURSDAY DECEMBER 12 SPECIAL EVENT

SFFILM Presents
Part of Member Screenings


1917 7:00

Director Sam Mendes, actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and cinematographer Roger Deakins are expected to attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.



Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre, and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. (2019 | 119 min | DCP)
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FRIDAY DECEMBER 13
DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE LIGHTHOUSE 5:00, 9:15
In the 1890s, a pair of lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, both excellent) dutifully tend to their work: cleaning the tower, maintaining the lamp, and going completely, utterly insane. Director Robert Eggers brings an eye for period detail and an ear for the language to this dreamy and intricate work, a black-and-white reverie rooted in 19th century literature and nautical life. One of the year's oddest pleasures, with a grandly spooky score by Mark Korwen. (2019, 110 min, DCP)
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+ GASLIGHT 7:05
Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three Oscars for this taut psychological thriller about a woman whose seemingly charming new husband (Charles Boyer) launches a campaign of terror designed to drive her insane after they move into her family’s Victorian mansion. Multi-leveled and ceaselessly entertaining, George Cukor’s film features Joseph Cotton, Dame May Whitty, and teenaged Angela Landsbury in her screen debut. (1944, 114 min, 35mm)

 
     
   

SATURDAY DECEMBER 14 SPECIAL EVENT

Peaches Christ Productions Is Proud To Present...

FEMLINS!
our live, musical parody of everyone's favorite '80s twisted XMAS movie, "Gremlins" CUTE - NOT CLEVER - NOT BUTCH - BUT THEIR MAKEUP IS FIERCE! DON'T GIVE THEM VODKA - DON'T GIVE THEM PADDING - AND KEEP THEM AWAY FROM SILICON!

Starring the gorgeous and indelible talents of
MIZ CRACKER as PHOEBE CRACKER, DETOX as LOVING MOTHER , PHI PHI O' HARA as JIZMO, MIGITTE NIELSEN as GRETA STRIPE and PEACHES CHRIST as NASTY OLD LADY and more!

Written by Peaches Christ and Michael Varrati.

Besides our riotous musical stage show, we'll also have a fabulous '
80s Icons Costume Contest! Be sure to enter to win fabulous prizes!

** Unlike recent Peaches Christ Productions, this event
WILL be followed be a movie screening. In celebration of GREMLINS' 35th Anniversary, a ticket purchase is for both the stage show and the screening of the film! Complete with new 4K restoration DCP struck in honor of the anniversary!**

Doors open 90 minutes before show for Platinum Peach & VIP ticket holders and 1 hr before show for Orchestra and Balcony ticket holders. Will Call tickets available for pickup 90 minutes before doors open, at 1pm and 5pm respectively. Tickets at
http://store.peacheschrist.com/products/212-femlins.aspx
 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 15 SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$12)
MOANA Sing-Along Noon
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Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Friend. The epic journey continues for Moana fans with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ sing-along version of their critically-lauded comedy adventure hit. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), and starring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. “You’re welcome!” (2016, full show approx 120 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 15 through TUESDAY DECEMBER 17

THE IRISHMAN 3:00, 7:00
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Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited epic saga of organized crime in post-war America, as told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics. Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin , Jesse Plemons, Ray Romano, and Bobby Cannavale co-star. (2019, 209 min, 4K DCP) WATCH TRAILER
 
     
   

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18
SPECIAL EVENT

NOIR CITY XMAS 2019
Tis the Season
Join us Wednesday, December 18, at 7:30 pm for a special evening of yule cruelty, as the Film Noir Foundation presents a dark holiday classic from south of the border--and reveals the entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe, coming January 24-February 2, 2020, to the majestic Castro Theatre.




LA OTRA
1946, Mexico. Producciones Mercurio. 96 min.
Story: Rian James and Roberto Gavaldon, adapted by Jack Wagner; screenplay: Jose Revueltas; director: Roberto Gavaldon
In Spanish, DCP with English subtitles

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in this noir-laden thriller as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Costarring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips.

Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together, becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

Enjoy this hot-blooded noir appetizer in anticipation of the full-blown feast of international noir coming January 24-February 2, 2020 . . . NOIR CITY 18! Get tickets:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4448272
 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 19 DOUBLE FEATURE
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ELF 7:00
Charming Yuletide laughs blend with fish-out-of-water antics in this hilarious holiday tale that stars Will Ferrell (in ‘do anything for a laugh’ mode) as Buddy, a regular guy who was raised in the North Pole as one of Santa's helpers. Towering over everyone around him, Buddy finally realizes he may actually not be an elf and sets off on a fun-filled New York adventure to find his real family, spreading Christmas cheer as he goes. Top-notch supporting cast includes Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner, Peter Dinklage, and Bob Newhart. (2003, 97 min, DCP)

+ NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION 5:00, 8:50
It's hilarious holiday havoc for Chevy Chase and his brood, as the Griswolds' plans for an old-fashioned family Christmas go up in smoke (just like their cat!) when a horde of boorish relatives descend upon their home. Comedic carol of calamities also stars Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Brian Doyle-Murray, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Juliette Lewis. (1989, 97 min, DCP)

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 20 DOUBLE FEATURE
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DIE HARD 7:00
The one that started it all: Bruce Willis is John McClane, an off-duty NYC cop who cracks wise as he battles German terrorists holding a holiday party for ransom atop a LA skyscraper. As far as high-rise action/disaster movies go, this one delivers the goods in an explosive fashion thanks to crack mayhem maven John McTiernan (Predator, The Hunt for Red October). Four sequels and many imitators followed but the original still stands tall. Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, and William Atherton co-star. (1988, 131 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ THE FRENCH CONNECTION 5:00, 9:25
William Friedkin’s fictionalized account of New York City’s biggest drug bust stars Gene Hackman as ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a relentless, obsessed cop closing in on the suave, notorious heroin smuggler Alain Charnier. A crucial component in establishing the template of 1970s police procedurals, the film won 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Director, and Hackman for Actor. Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey co-star. (1971, 104 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 21
DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 3:00, 7:00
Producer Tim Burton’s warped holiday fantasy is a true stunner. Pumpkin King Jack Skellington wants to remake Christmas in his own image, with help from the other residents of Halloween Town. Director Henry Selick (who went on to make Coraline) and his team of 120 conventional stop-motion animators spent years bringing this wonderfully weird tale to life. Featuring a baroque song score by Danny Elfman; sung by the voices of Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Glenn Shadix, Ed Ivory, Ken Page, and Paul Reubens. (1993, 76 min, DCP )

+ BATMAN RETURNS 4:30, 8:30
Michael Keaton’s second outing as the Dark Knight Detective finds him battling for the soul of Gotham City against a trio of villains: scheming businessman Max Schreck (Christopher Walken); the grotesque Penguin (Danny DeVito); and the deadly Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Given free creative reign to exercise his spookily whimsical visual and dramatic ideas, director Tim Burton created his most personal opus yet, arguably the darkest, most twisted superhero movie ever made. Merry Christmas. (1992, 126 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 22

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1:30), 4:15, 7:00 4K Restoration!
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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. After decades of shabby public domain prints in circulation, Paramount Pictures has restored the film to its pristine grandeur from the best surviving elements. Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers co-star. (1946, 130 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 22 ALL SEATS $10!

NIGHT OF THE COMET 9:30
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Girls just want to have fun, even after radiation from a passing comet eliminates nearly all life on earth—just in time for Christmas! Writer/director Thom Eberhardt based his sci-fi comedy, in part, on interviews with teenage girls imagining their end-of-the-world scenarios. Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney play the sisters dancing their way through the aftermath of a very ‘80s apocalypse. Robert Beltran, Geoffrey Lewis, and Mary Woronov co-star. (1984, 95 min, 35mm)

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 23 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 24 SPECIAL EVENT

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents
“HOLIGAYS ARE HERE” 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00

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 30th Annual iteration of “Holigays Are Here,” and they have quite a few tricks up their holiday sweater sleeves from "Ring Them Bells" to "Silent Night!" 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.

$35 General Admission / $45 Priority Seating
Tickets via SFGMC.org or City Box Office at (415) 392-4400
 

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 25 THEATRE CLOSED – HAPPY HOLIDAY!

     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 26 through SUNDAY DECEMBER 29
Plus TUESDAY DECEMBER 31 SPECIAL PRESENTATION
($16/$12)
SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC
Thu Dec 26 @ 1:30, 6:00
Fri Dec 27-Sat Dec 28 @ 2:30, 7:00
Sun Dec 29 @ 12:30
Tue Dec 31 @ 1:00
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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! Robert Wise’s Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Director, and Score stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 29 DOUBLE FEATURE
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PHANTOM THREAD 5:30
In 1950s London, imperious fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) gained the focus to rise to his profession’s peak through rigorous routine and the ability to regard the women in his life as wholly disposable. His fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who becomes his muse and lover. A magnificent Lesley Manville plays Cyril, Reynolds’ equally strong-willed sister. The second (last?) of his collaborations with Day-Lewis finds writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson painting both an illuminating portrait of an artist on a creative journey and the women who keep his world running. (2017, 130 min, DCP)

+ EYES WIDE SHUT 8:00
After a shocking confession from his wife, a confused doctor heads out into the streets of New York City, where he embarks on a nocturnal odyssey of perverse erotic encounters during the Christmas holiday. Stanley Kubrick’s final film is perhaps his most personal, exploring the dangerous side of sexual and emotional intimacy. Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, and Todd Field star. (1999, 159 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 30 DOUBLE FEATURE
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A STAR IS BORN 1:15, 6:00
Marvelous William Wellman classic drama about the early days of the Hollywood star system stars Fredric March as one-time screen idol Norman Maine, who meets and falls for waitress/would-be actress Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor)—only to watch his career decline, as hers rises to the top. This first filming of the memorable story was also one of the first films to be shot in Technicolor; with Andy Devine, Adolphe Menjou, and Lionel Stander. (1937, 111 min, HD digital)

A STAR IS BORN 3:25, 8:05
The fire of Barbra Streisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson.
The reckless world of big-time rock 'n' roll. All three bring a new passion and timeliness to one of the screen's classic love stories (previously filmed in 1937 and 1954) and winner of five Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, Actress and Actor (Musical/Comedy). Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell and others worked with Streisand on one of the most popular song scores ever, topped by the Streisand/Williams “Evergreen“ winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award as 1976's Best Original Song. Gary Busey co-stars; Frank Pierson directs. (1976, 139 min, DCP)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1
DOUBLE FEATURE
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SINGIN' IN THE RAIN 2:00, 6:30
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. Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, and Rita Moreno co-star. (1952, 103 min, DCP)

+ THE APARTMENT 4:00, 8:30 4K Restoration!
Fresh off Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon re-teamed for this darkly comic morality tale about a go-getter insurance clerk who, in trying to get ahead, lends out his apartment to his adulterous boss (Fred MacMurray). Trouble starts when the gal he has fallen for turns out to be the boss’ mistress (Shirley MacLaine). Clearly an inspiration for “Mad Men,” the film won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. (1960, 125 min, 4K DCP ‘Scope)

 
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