MONDAY AUGUST 13 & TUESDAY AUGUST 14

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU 7:00, 9:15
In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green (Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield) finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. But Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. Making his feature debut, writer/director Boots Riley’s bold satire co-stars Tessa Thompson (Creed), Terry Crews, Danny Glover, and the voices of David Cross, Steve Buscemi, and Patton Oswalt. (2018, 105 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15 DOUBLE FEATURE
Robby Müller (1940-2018)

DOWN BY LAW 7:00
Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men—unemployed disc jockey Tom Waits, small-time pimp John Lurie, and strong-willed Italian tourist Roberto Benigni—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller. (1986, 107 min, 35mm)

+ MYSTERY TRAIN 9:00
Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. One of Jarmusch’s very best movies, it’s a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world. The flavorful cast features Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Nicoletta Braschi, Joe Strummer, Steve Buscemi and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. (1989, 110 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY AUGUST 16 DOUBLE FEATURE
Robby Müller (1940-2018)

PARIS, TEXAS 7:00
A nearly mute drifter Travis (the magnificent Harry Dean Stanton) tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother in Los Angeles, and locate his missing wife. New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) and cinematographer Robby Müller bring their keen eyes for landscape to the American Southwest in this profoundly moving character study, written by playwright Sam Shepard. Co-starring Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson and Ry Cooder’s indelible music. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. (1984, 148 min, DCP)

+ REPO MAN 9:40
A quintessential cult film of the 1980s, Alex Cox’s singular sci-fi comedy stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered repo man in a desolate Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in repossessing a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is also a politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policies. (1984, 92 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY AUGUST 17 THROUGH TUESDAY AUGUST 21 ($14/$11)

YELLOW SUBMARINE

50th ANNIVERSARY! 4K RESTORATION!
Fri 17 @ 6:00, 8:00
SING ALONG VERSION Sat 18 @ (2:00), 4:00, 6:00, 8:00
Sun 19 @ (4:00), 6:00, 8:00
Mon 20 @ 6:00, 8:00
SING ALONG VERSION Tue 21 @ 6:00, 8:00

It’s The Beatles to the rescue as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the militant Meanies, and restore music, color, and love to the world. A landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques, Yellow Submarine was hand-restored in digital 4K, frame by frame—from the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot-covered roofs and smokestacks Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic color-splashed rotoscoping of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” the vertigo-inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the “It’s All Too Much” finale. As ever, an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages! (1968, 85 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SUNDAY AUGUST 19 IMPORTED 35MM PRINT!

THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH 2:00
A young married couple (real-life spouses Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna) are dismayed to inherit a rundown, decrepit cinema, but feverishly work to turn the notorious "flea-pit" into an unlikely success. This passionate ode to the neighborhood movie theatre (and the dedicated oddballs who work there) comes from veteran director Basil Dearden, and boasts a rogues gallery of delightfully wacky characters played by comedy stalwarts including Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, and Bernard Miles. The Castro Theatre is proud to resurrect this gem of British comedy, screening from an imported 35mm print. You mustn't miss it! (1957, 80 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

BLADE RUNNER The Final Cut 7:00

Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, an ex-cop forced out of retirement to hunt four renegade android slaves on the acid rain swept streets of dystopian Los Angeles, 2019. See Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi noir classic where it belongs: on the Castro’s ultra-wide screen! Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos and the music of Vangelis co-star. (1982/2007, 117 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ ONE FROM THE HEART 9:15

Director Francis Ford Coppola gave everything he had to create this visually striking musical, in which an arguing couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) break up on their fifth anniversary, chasing their respective dreams in the arms of ideal lovers (Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski). Realized entirely on stylized studio sets, this wildly ambitious and engaging film features Lainie Kazan and Harry Dean Stanton, plus an Oscar-nominated score by Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle. (1982, 107 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY AUGUST 23 DOUBLE FEATURE

BLADE RUNNER The Final Cut 7:00

Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, an ex-cop forced out of retirement to hunt four renegade android slaves on the acid rain swept streets of dystopian Los Angeles, 2019. See Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi noir classic where it belongs: on the Castro’s ultra-wide screen! Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos and the music of Vangelis co-star. (1982/2007, 117 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ ALPHAVILLE 9:15

Eddie Constantine stars as intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution, on a mission to kill the inventor of fascist computer Alpha 60, aided by the scientist’s daughter (Anna Karina). A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Jean-Luc Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time. In French with English subtitles. (1965, 99 min, DCP)

 
     
   


FRIDAY AUGUST 24 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 26
PROJECTED IN 70MM!

VERTIGO Fri 8:00; Sat & Sun (2:30), 5:15, 8:00

60TH ANNIVERSARY! Early-retired San Francisco policeman James Stewart is asked to follow a friend’s wife who is prone to mysterious absences. As his detecting soon turns to obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, and for decades has been challenging viewers to decode its multiple layers of symbolism. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible music score. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound magazine. (1958, 129 min, 70mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY AUGUST 27 AND TUESDAY AUGUST 28

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (4:30), 6:30, 8:30

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists. (2018, 94 min, DCP)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29 DOUBLE FEATURE

DIE HARD 7:00
30th ANNIVERSARY! 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. Four sequels and many imitators followed but the original still stands tall. Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, and Bonnie Bedelia co-star. (1988, 131 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 9:25
Recently demoted New York City subway system dispatcher Denzel Washington draws on his extensive knowledge of the terrain in order to outsmart dangerous, cunning mastermind John Travolta who, with his gang, has hijacked a train and is holding all of the passengers hostage for ransom. Aided by the leads’ unexpectedly subdued performances and a tight, contemporized script by Brian Helgegand (L.A. Confidential), director Tony Scott’s brash and boisterous take on the John Godey best-seller is pure popcorn munching pulp cinema at its finest. James Gandolfini, John Turtrurro, and Luis Guzman co-star. (2009, 106 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


THURSDAY AUGUST 30 DOUBLE FEATURE

STOP MAKING SENSE 7:15
Post-punk band Talking Heads were at the peak of their powers when lead singer David Byrne designed this theatrically striking concert. Seeing a clearly cinematic structure, director Jonathan Demme gives the viewer a front row seat with the augmented group line-up on the “Speaking in Tongues” tour, blazing through some of their greatest, most danceable hits from New Wave to New Funk. Arguably the greatest concert movie ever made, strikingly captured by the gifted cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth (Blade Runner). (1984, 88 min, DCP)

+ TRUE STORIES 9:00
"A bunch of people in Virgil, Texas" come together for the Celebration of Specialness, a pageant celebrating the 150th anniversary of their offbeat home. Assembling the story from wacky tabloid newspaper articles, writer/director David Byrne serves as the omniscient but engaged narrator, and his band Talking Heads provide the whimsical songs. Virgil's wildly eccentric residents are brought to life by a colorful cast including John Goodman, Swoozie Kurtz, Spalding Gray, and Pops Staples. One of the oddest and warmest movies of the 1980s. (1986, 90 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 31 THROUGH WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5
SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Sing Along THE LITTLE MERMAID
Fri 31 @ 7:00
[No show Sat 1]
Sun 2 @ 3:30, 7:00
Mon 3 @ 2:00
Tue 4 & Wed 5 @ 7:00

Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Sara Moore

This interactive presentation of Disney’s classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. 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 from the film! (1989, full program runs approx 120 min, 35mm)

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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