THURSDAY DECEMBER 18 DOUBLE FEATURE

SUSPIRIA 7:30

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, 92 min, 35mm 'Scope)

+ BEYOND THE DOOR II (aka SHOCK) 9:15

This horror-sequel-in-name-only features Italy's grand dame of horror Daria Nicolodi as a woman recovering from mental illness, who finds disturbing evidence that her son is being possessed by an otherworldly evil. This unusually intimate and focused work from horror master Mario Bava proved to be his last film, and is rife with his trademark atmospherics and vibrantly stylized photography. (1977, 90 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 SPECIAL EVENT

SASHA SOPRANO PRESENTS
IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARC HUESTIS

An Evening with BIANCA DEL RIO
"ROLODEX OF HATE"


Who said Christmas had to be nice? Hot off the heels of winning this year's Ru Paul's Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio puts the ho back in ho, ho, ho as Sasha Soprano presents AN EVENING WITH BIANCA DEL RIO / "Rolodex of Hate" (Chrismas Edition.) This night of rio-tous stand up comedy and festive fun features a full set by insult comic Bianca Del Rio . It will be femceed by legendary icon Peaches Christ, putting the Peaches back in Christmas with special appearence by Pippi Lovestocking. Donning gay apparel & opening for Bianca will be Sasha Soprano, who also serves as producer. This glittering evening of very naughty, barely nice humor occurs at the historic Castro Theatre ,429 Castro St (@Market) in San Francisco beginning at 8 pm. This event is produced in association with Marc Huestis presents.

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 20

"MARGARET" 7:00 - 10:00
San Francisco Institute of Possibility

A scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster inspires new music and stories by: Jason Webley, Chicken John Rinaldi, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Led to Sea, Lonesome Leash, Mts. & Tunnels and more.

Twenty years ago, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi found an old scrapbook lying at the bottom of a dumpster. The book documented the life and death of a woman named Margaret Rucker, born in 1907. He was captivated by this mysterious woman and her tragic story, captured in sepia images and dark poetry.

Last year when he introduced her to accordion troubadour Jason Webley, he learned that not only was Margaret born in Webley's home town of Everett, Washington - she was the daughter of one of the town's founders, buried in the enigmatic pyramid above the town.

Webley and Rinaldi assembled some of the best songwriters in the country to write new works inspired by Margaret’s life and writings for a special concert in Everett this past April. As an encore to that sold-out show, they are bringing the concert back to the place where that scrapbook was found with this show at San Francisco's beautiful Castro Theatre.

Tickets available at:
www.margaretsf.eventbrite.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 FAMILY MATINEE • ALL SEATS $8.50

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (2:30)

It was inevitable that Oscar-winner Michael Caine would one day play Ebeneezer Scrooge, the hero of Charles Dickens' story of a bitter miser who learns to open his heart one fateful Christmas night. But his sterling performance is accompanied by the Muppets, Jim Henson's beloved and irreverent creations, resulting in a heart-warming, imaginative, and very funny take on the classic tale that is perfect holiday viewing for the whole family. (1992, 85 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 DOUBLE FEATURE

DIE HARD 4:30, 9:00

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 in a LA skyscraper. As far as action/disaster Christmas movies go, this one delivers the goods in an explosive fashion thanks to skilled director of mayhem John McTiernan. Four sequels and many imitators followed but the original was never topped. (1988, 131 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ SCROOGED 7:00

Using the framework of the Dickens story, this darkly comic and surreal modernization sees Bill Murray as an increasingly mean and depraved TV exec who, after forcing his staff to mount a live production of A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, is visited by a trio of mischievous ghosts to get him back on track. Hilarious, insightful and surprisingly heartwarming, Richard Donner's film allows Murray free reign to give one of his finest comic performances. (1988, 101 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY 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)

 

TUESDAY DECEMBER 23  Theatre closed in anticipation of SFGMC

     
     


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 24 SPECIAL EVENT

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Presents...
"25 Christmas Eves (And Counting)" 25th Annual Home For The Holidays 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00

Our holiday celebration is always a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza! "25 Christmas Eves (And Counting)" — our 25th Annual "Home For The Holidays" show is no different, featuring traditional favorites, stunning new compositions and guest artists Donna Sachet and Lisa Vroman. There will be appearances by Santa, his elves and reindeer, a 1980s nativity scene, and an ugly sweater parade thrown in just for fun!

$25 General Admission / $35 Priority Seating. Tickets via SFGMC.org
Please Note: The 9pm concert will feature ASL interpreted performances.

 

THURSDAY DECEMBER 25  THEATRE CLOSEDHAPPY HOLIDAY!

     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 26 BOGART DOUBLE FEATURE

CASABLANCA 2:55, 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)

+ THE AFRICAN QUEEN 4:55, 9:00

Humphrey Bogart finally won the Oscar for his portrayal of the world-class souse who takes the impossibly prim spinster Katharine Hepburn down the Congo in his rattletrap steamer. John Huston’s splendid comedy/romance/adventure remains one of the most popular Hollywood movies of all time. (1951, 105 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 27 DOUBLE FEATURE

ALL ABOUT EVE 1:25, 6:30

Bette Davis is magnificent as an aging stage star who takes fawning fan Anne Baxter under her wing, only to see her cunning protégé steamroll away years of hard knocks at her elder’s expense. Joseph Mankiewicz’s acerbic comedy of manners contains some of the best dialogue ever to hit celluloid, with turns by Davis, George Sanders and Thelma Ritter to match. (1950, 138 min, DCP)

+ THE WOMEN 4:00, 9:05

Catty film adaptation of Claire Booth’s Broadway hit is high camp at its finest. The star-studded all-female bitch-fest includes Joan Crawford as a manipulating shop girl/home-wrecker and Norma Shearer as a pampered society wife whose domestic bliss is shattered a gossipy manicurist. George Cukor directs with his usual sophisticated touch. (1939, 133 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 28 DOUBLE FEATURE

GONE WITH THE WIND 2:30

Spectacle, history, and biography all collide in this mammoth, masterful rendering of the siege of Atlanta and the South’s hardships during the Civil War. Vivien Leigh won Best Actress for her role as the vixenish belle who instantly fascinates the roguish black sheep Clark Gable. Featuring Max Steiner’s best-known score and winner of multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Victor Fleming directed with uncredited work from George Cukor and Sam Wood. (1939, 226 min + intermission, 35mm)

+ DJANGO UNCHAINED 6:45

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Jamie Foxx stars as the title character, a slave who strikes a deal with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz and together they embark on the trail to capture the murderous Brittle brothers—dead or alive. But that's only the beginning. Quentin Tarantino's epic contains some of the juiciest gunfights ever committed to film and it won Oscars for his screenplay and for Waltz's performance. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Don Johnson co-star. (2012, 165 min, 35mm 'Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 29 DOUBLE FEATURE

MY FAIR LADY 2:00, 8:00

Rex Harrison leads an impeccable cast in this musical re-telling of the comedy Pygmalion, where professor Henry Higgins must transform Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) from a disheveled cockney flower girl into a proper lady. One of the best-looking movies ever made, director George Cukor brings Lerner and Loewe’s enchanting musical to the screen in an elegant, exquisite fashion. (1964, 170 min + intermission, ‘Scope)

he-mu+ THE MUSIC MAN 5:15

In this beloved musical, the incomparable Robert Preston reprises his virtuoso portrayal of fast-talking con man Harold Hill, who mesmerizes an Iowa town with visions of a uniformed marching band. Larger than life in its execution, director Morton Da Costa transformed Meredith Willson’s Broadway hit into an energetic slice of Americana with memorable support from Shirley Jones, Ronny Howard and Buddy Hackett. (1962, 151 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 30 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE THIN MAN 3:00, 7:00

William Powell and Myrna Loy star as Nick and Nora, the sophisticated sleuths whose marriage never gets in the way of investigating a good mystery. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, this peerless kick-off to what was to become one of cinema’s great acting teams was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and features a standout performance from Maureen O’Sullivan. (1934, 91 min, 35mm)

+ A DAY AT THE RACES 4:45, 8:45

In the follow-up to A Night at the Opera the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico and Harpo) wreak havoc on a sanatorium and wealthy hypochondriac Margaret Dumont. The endless sidesplitting routines are performed with such skill as to appear effortless; Sam Wood directed this top-notch lunacy. (1937, 111 min, 35mm)

 
     
     


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31

TBA - the Lea DeLaria performance has been postponed.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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