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.



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.”

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