NOVEMBER 28, 29 & 30 and DECEMBER 2, 5-7

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC 1:00 & 7:00
Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Friends

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!

The movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
$16 general / $11 kids & seniors Advance tix via
Ticketweb

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 1 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 2 SPECIAL EVENT

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC 7:00
Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Friends

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!

The movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
$16 general / $11 kids & seniors Advance tix via
Ticketweb

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3 SPECIAL EVENT

Carlos Santana | The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light 7:30

Carlos Santana is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time. For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. A 10-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, in the realm of guitar legends, Santana stands alone. This evening, he tells his story, in conversation with Ben Fong-Torres. Presented by The Booksmith.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a concert! Tickets, $35 - $45, available online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006. www.booksmith.com

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 4 SPECIAL EVENT

Rick Prelinger presents LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO, 9 Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 SOLD OUT

This year’s LOST LANDSCAPES (the 9th year in a row!) will bring together familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more. Blanketing the 20th-century city, from the Bay to Ocean Beach, this screening includes San Franciscans at work and play; peace rallies in Golden Gate Park; early hippies in the Haight; a walk on the incomplete Golden Gate Bridge; newly-discovered images of Playland and the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; 1930s color images of a busy Market Street; a selected reprise of greatest hits from years 1-7; and much, much more. As usual, you’ll be the star at the glorious Castro — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in. www.longnow.org

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 5 through SUNDAY DECEMBER 7 SPECIAL EVENT

SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC Fri 7:00; Sat & Sun 1:00 & 7:00
Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Friends

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!

The movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
$16 general / $11 kids & seniors Advance tix via
Ticketweb

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 8 PRIVATE EVENT

     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 9 SPECIAL EVENT

INFORUM presents AN EVENING WITH JARED DIAMOND

Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday. Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring concepts like how humans evolved to be so different from animals, despite sharing over 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, and why Eurasian peoples conquered Native Americans and Africans instead of vice versa. Diamond yet again challenges the way our brains think in The World Until Yesterday as he chronicles tribal peoples and what they can teach us about the shortcomings of modern society. Join us for a night of intellectual stimulation with one of the world’s most celebrated polymaths.

Time: 5:45 check-in and premium reception, 6:30 program, 7:30 book signing - See more at: www.commonwealthclub.org

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10 DOUBLE FEATURE

NIGHTCRAWLER 2:30, 7:00

In Dan Gilroy's disturbing, beautifully photographed directorial debut, Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a performance to top as Lou Bloom, a driven young man who discovers the high-speed, cut-throat world of L.A. crime journalism, where freelance video news teams compete for the bloodiest footage. Aided by TV news veteran Rene Russo as Nina, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Bill Paxton co-stars. (2014, 117 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ KILL THE MESSENGER 4:45, 9:10

Jeremy Renner stars in this remarkable fact-based story of Pulitzer Prize-winning San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA’s complicity in smuggling drugs into the U.S. and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Director Michael Cuesta’s (Homeland) vintage drama harkens back to a bygone era, a film that’s ultimately a romantic lament to an era of journalism that no longer exists. (2014, 112 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 11

PULP: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets 7:00 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Though culminating with the farewell concert Pulp played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, Pulp is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, Florian Habicht’s film weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, moving, and life-affirming than any music film of recent memory. (2014, 90 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 11

BOYHOOD 8:50

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. (2014, 163 min, DCP)

 

 
     
   


MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents
FRiDAY DECEMBER 12
"LA: OUT OF THE PAST" DOUBLE BiLL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBiT 7:20 ***26th Anniversary!***
Perhaps we have forgotten a time when Hollywood didn't incorporate animation into its live action films. But in 1988, Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy) delivered one of the most historically subversive and technically inventive animated films of the decade. Producer Steven Spielberg managed to convince the studios of Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Fleischer Studios and even Felix the Cat Productions to combine their hand drawn cartoon characters into a cluster-truckload of frantic, fanatical and even a little frightening fun. Preceded by 35mm trailers of other pioneering Live Action/Animated spectacles. (1988, 104 min, 35mm)

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+ ED WOOD 9:45 20th Anniversary!
Practicing what his subject preached, Tim Burton made his most personal film 20 years ago with this genuine tribute to a filmmaker that many still mistakenly refer to as "The Worst Filmmaker of All Time"... Ed Wood. The effects of Johnny Depp's loving performance of this infamous artist are still being felt two decades later. Tracing the ups and downs of this truly unique and independent auteur, screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski chose to celebrate their subject as opposed to snarkishly ridicule him and the results are nothing less than inspirational. Preceded by 35mm trailers for upcoming M4M events. (1994, 127 min, 35mm)

 

 

 

     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 SPECIAL EVENT

The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, return to San Francisco after a sold-out engagement in 2013, for a one-night-only performance of Oy Vey in a Manger on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, San Francisco). The holiday spectacular is part of a 10-city tour, with stops in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. The San Francisco engagement will serve as the send-off performance for Irwin Keller, one of the group’s founding members and the original Winnie. Tickets are $25, $40 and $55 and are available for purchase now at www.CityBoxOffice.com or by phone at 415-392-4400.

The performance will also mark the debut of the group’s new Winnie, San Francisco's Nathan Marken, and will mark the only time that both Winnies will appear in the same performance. “I can hardly wait to meet myself,” noted Winnie. “Me, too," agreed Winnie. ”I’ve always wanted to have a Winnie-twinnie."

The Kinsey Sicks formed in December of 1993 in San Francisco. Since then, they have written and performed scores of musicals, starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s legendary Studio 54, an extended run in Las Vegas, toured internationally, recorded 8 albums and been the subject of 2 feature films. Their fan base is extensive and remarkably diverse – including people of all ages, genders and religions (and several political positions).

In "Oy Vey in a Manger", we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie, and Trampolina trying to sell off their manger - yes, that manger - before it's foreclosed upon. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues - all in glorious four-part harmony. This a cappella musical boasts The Kinsey Sicks' reinterpretations of holiday classics, such as "God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians," "Satan Baby", and "I'm Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas", plus hilarious Jewish satiric fare, including "Don't Be Happy, Worry", the Chanukah spa classic "I Had a Little Facial" and, of course, the requisite Yiddish production number, "Papirossen."

During his tenure of more than two decades with The Kinsey Sicks, Keller has also served part-time as a rabbi of a small congregation in Sonoma County. He looks forward to devoting more time to that calling. Keller has penned a blog post about his departure and what his time with The Kinsey Sicks has meant to him.

The New York Times praises their “voices sweet as birdsong” and Variety calls them “one act that should not be missed.” The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Their mangling of hit songs hits genius level.”

Read more about The Kinsey Sicks at www.kinseysicks.com.

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 14 FAMILY MATINEEALL SEATS $8.50

FANTASTIC MR. FOX (1:00)

The wily and charming Mr. Fox (George Clooney, of course) must employ all of his wit and cunning to save his extended animal community from the dastardly farmers trying to destroy their homes. Employing stop-motion animation to adapt Roald Dahl's acclaimed children's novel, this film may be the most perfect realization of director Wes Anderson's whimsical vision; the voice cast includes Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Absolutely adorable. (2009, 87 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 14 007 DOUBLE FEATURE

A VIEW TO A KILL 3:30, 8:40

Roger Moore closed out his days as James Bond here, wherein 007 does not leave well enough alone when he thwarts psychopathic microchip industrialist Christopher Walken’s visionary plan to destroy Silicon Valley via earthquake. Notable for Grace Jones as the ass-kicking May Day, the great Duran Duran title song and a climax atop the Golden Gate Bridge. (1985, 131 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

+ ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 6:00

George Lazenby’s sole outing as 007, where Bond finds love with contessa Diana Rigg while battling Telly Savalas’ Blofeld and his dastardly plot to sterilize the world's food supply via a group of brainwashed "angels of death." Staying faithful to Ian Fleming’s novel, director Peter R. Hunt created what is considered one of the most impressive entries in the series. Featuring a memorably aggressive score by John Barry. (1969, 142 min, 35mm 'Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 15 & TUESDAY DECEMBER 16

BLADE RUNNER – The Final Cut 7:00, 9:30

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. After seven years out of theatrical release, Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi noir classic is back where it belongs: on the Castro’s 45-foot wide screen! Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos and the music of Vangelis co-star. (1982/2007, 117 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17 SPECIAL EVENT

Take a Break from the Holiday Season with NOIR CITY XMAS 7:00
The Film Noir Foundation presents its 5th annual holiday show at San Francisco’s majestic Castro Theatre! In addition to a seasonally themed double bill of vintage noir-stained films, host Eddie Muller will be revealing the complete schedule (and hot new poster!) for the eagerly anticipated NOIR CITY 13 festival, coming to the Castro January 16-25, 2015! Enjoy the big-screen premiere of a new documentary showcasing the world-renowned NOIR CITY festival (you might be in it!) and catch up on gift shopping for the film noir lover in your life! The night’s features will be:

  • O. HENRY’S FULL HOUSE (1952 | 117 minutes)
    This anthology of short stories by America’s master of the ironic twist is as entertaining as it is star-studded—featuring juicy roles for Richard Widmark, Anne Baxter, Farley Granger, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Jean Peters, and many more. 20th Century-Fox employed several of its most renowned directors—Henry Hathaway, Henry King, Howard Hawks, Henry Koster, and Jean Negulesco—to bring to life such famous O. Henry tales as “The Last Leaf,” “The Clarion Call,” and the Christmas classic, “The Gift of the Magi.” Each segment introduced by John Steinbeck!

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  • THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944 | 70 minutes)
    This sequel to 1942’s The Cat People is a stunner on many levels—far from being a horror story, it’s a poignant and deeply felt meditation of the pain and loneliness of childhood, and perhaps the most sublime and personal film in the career of legendary producer Val Lewton. Eight-year-old Ann Carter gives a mesmerizing performance as imaginative little Amy, with Simone Simon (the original Cat Woman) reappearing as her imaginary friend. A spellbinding classic, co-directed by Robert Wise.

 
     
   


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)

 
 
 
 
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