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CONCERN FOR COVID-19:

At the Castro Theatre, all of our regularly scheduled films, sing-alongs and special events will go on as planned.

We will comply with City and State directives and thus we will limit the capacity in the auditorium to not greater than 250 persons at any time.  Our large seating capacity allows for ample social distance to be available at all our regular screenings.

 Staff has also been instructed to stay home if they experience any cold or flu like symptoms. We kindly ask you, our patrons, to stay home if you are experiencing any cold or flu related symptoms.

We will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation, adjusting to any new developments as they arise. We will also continue working with our programing partners to provide updates to all of our events as deemed necessary. Please check our Facebook page and website for updates. Stay safe and healthy. Your well-being is important to us.

Thank you from all of us at the Castro Theatre.
     
   


SATURDAY MARCH 14 POSTPONED

In accordance with the city's overnight ban of events with over 250 people we have no choice but to postpone this show to a later date. As you can imagine, this is a huge disappointment to all of us but the health and safety of our community must take priority. I am working with The Castro Theatre and the show's talent to find the best possible date for rescheduling and we will announce as soon as possible. Of course, all ticket sales will be honored at the same value for the new show. As you can imagine, this has put Peaches Christ Productions in a financially crippling position due to so much money already spent. It is our hope that with postponement we are best able to survive this as a company.

Thank you all so much for understanding!

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 15 SPECIAL EVENT ($16/$12)

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Disney’s FROZEN II Sing-Along Noon

Venture “Into the Unknown” alongside Anna and Elsa when Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II Special Sing-Along Engagement comes to the Castro for a limited time! Our hosts will warm up your vocal chords before every screening then you can sing along to the words on screen during the movie!

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen II, she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. (2019, full program runs approx. 120 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
     


SUNDAY MARCH 15 KIRK DOUGLAS DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL 3:45, 8:05
When ruthless albeit fading film producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) looks to mount a comeback project, backer Harry Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon) faces a dicey pitch with three needed collaborators—actress Georgia Lorrison (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), and scripter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) —whom Shields had badly burned professionally and personally. Vincente Minnelli's barbed look at the Golden Age of Hollywood also features Gloria Grahame in an Oscar-winning turn. (1952, 118 min, 35mm)

+ ACE IN THE HOLE 6:00
Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. –Criterion Collection (1951, 111 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY MARCH 16 ADVANCE SCREENINGS!

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MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS 6:00, 8:00

Move over, Downton Abbey! Glamorous lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, The Babadook) returns in a cinematic sequel to the wildly popular TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. In 1929 Jerusalem, Miss Fisher's rescue of a young Bedouin girl leads her on a globe-trotting adventure to uncover priceless treasures, wartime secrets, and an ancient tomb bearing a terrible curse, with the help of handsome detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, Underbelly). Khaled Naga, Miriam Margoles, and Izabella Yenaco co-star; Tony Tilse directs. (2020, 101 min, DCP)

 
     
     


TUESDAY MARCH 17
ST. PATRICK’S DAY DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE CRYING GAME 6:30
The Irish Troubles' provide the backdrop for a study of sexual intrigue in this maze-like drama from writer/director Neil Jordan. When British soldier Jody (Forest Whitaker) is kidnapped by the IRA, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his captor, Fergus (Stephen Rea); the two eventually becoming embroiled in a curious love triangle with Dil (Jaye Davidson, in a startling film debut), Jody's lover. Full of suspense, mystery and intrigue, this Academy Award-winning thriller challenged mainstream sexual stereotypes and remains a powerful and poignant exploration of gender and identity. (1992, 112 min, HD ‘Scope)

+ MILLER’S CROSSING 8:35
The Coen Brothers’ glorious Prohibition era crime thriller stars Albert Finney as an Irish-American mob boss ready to go to war with a rival gangster and Gabriel Byrne is a loyal lieutenant who tries to prevent the conflict—until a woman comes between them. Not a re-invention of the gangster genre but an embrace of the old-fashioned Hollywood model, it’s a work of substantial brilliance steeped in traditional formulas and benchmarks. Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro and Jon Polito co-star. (1990, 115 min, DCP)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY MARCH 18 SPECIAL EVENT

SFFILM Members Night 7:00

SFFILM members and their guests are invited to join us for an insider preview of the 2020 San Francisco International Festival, which runs April 8–21 at venues all over the Bay Area!

Our programming team will deliver a multimedia walkthrough of this year’s stellar lineup, giving members the first opportunity to view clips from featured films and to hear about Festival screenings, special events, and expected guests. The Festival box office team will also be set up onsite, and this will be the first in-person opportunity to purchase tickets to Festival programs.

Enjoy light refreshments and talk film with fellow members, Festival staff, and other key members of the local arts and culture community and help us celebrate the kickoff to an amazing Festival season.
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THURSDAY MARCH 19 through SATURDAY MARCH 21

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Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO Projected in 70mm!
Thu & Fri 5:00, 7:45; Sat (2:30), 5:15, 8:00


Acrophobic detective James Stewart is hired to trail a friend's suicidal wife but as his detecting of the enigmatic beauty turns to an obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement, and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s immortal masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, for decades challenging viewers to decode its multiple layers of symbolism amidst a myriad of haunting images shot on renowned landmarks of San Francisco. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible music score. (1958, 129 min, 70mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 22 SPECIAL EVENT

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been rescheduled to SUNDAY MAY 17, 1pm.

SF Premiere WAGING CHANGE 1:00



Waging Change shines a spotlight on the challenges faced by restaurant workers trying to feed themselves and their families off tips. Featuring Saru Jayaraman, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the film reveals an American workers struggle hidden in plain sight-the effort to end the tipped minimum wage of $2.13 for servers and bartenders and the #MeToo movement's effort to end sexual harassment. Directed by Peabody award winner Abby GInzberg, Waging Change helps all consumers see the role they have to play in ending this two-tiered wage system.

Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage will be present for a post screening discussion moderated by Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates.

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SUNDAY MARCH 22 KIRK DOUGLAS DOUBLE FEATURE
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PATHS OF GLORY 6:00
After a disastrous retreat from a skirmish with German forces, three French soldiers face death on trumped-up charges of cowardice by their conniving leadership. Director Stanley Kubrick’s full artistry blossoms in his second feature—fluid camera, striking geometric compositions, themes of man destroyed by indifferent social forces and the horrors of war—and Kirk Douglas gives one of his absolute finest performances as the driven, sympathetic captain advocating for the accused. Classic. (1957, 88 min, DCP)

+ LONELY ARE THE BRAVE 7:45
In his favorite of his films, Kirk Douglas stars as a ruggedly individualistic cowboy on a collision course with the modern world. His uncompromising spirit is severely challenged when he breaks out of jail after a minor offense, and the entire county's police force tries to recapture him before he can leave the territory. David Miller helmed Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's mournful masterpiece. “There is no greater western, and certainly no more tragic one. It’s hard to imagine a film so radical, or so pessimistic, being made today. “ –Alex Cox. Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Michael Kane, George Kennedy, and Carroll O'Connor co-star. (1962, 107 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
     


MONDAY MARCH 23 VITTORIO STORARO DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE CONFORMIST 7:00 4K Restoration!
In fascist Italy, a young wealthy follower of Mussolini (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is called on to kill a former college professor, forcing him to examine why he associates sex with violence while coming to grips with his own homosexuality. Adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, Bernardo Bertolucci’s stunning masterwork boasts an authentic Art Deco design created by Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue (Contempt) and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Dominique Sanda, Stefania Sandrelli, and Pierre Clémenti co-star. (1970, in Italian with English subtitles, 111 min, 4K DCP)

+ THE FIFTH CORD 9:05
When a man barely survives a brutal assault, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Franco Nero (Django) is assigned to the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Nero is under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. Thanks to skillful execution and stylistic experimentation, director Luigi Bazzoni (Le Orme, The Possessed) and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) turn a conventional premise into a visually stunning exploration of alienation and isolation. Featuring the staggering music of Il Maestro himself, Ennio Morricone. (1971, in Italian with English subtitles, 92 min, DCP)

 
     
   


TUESDAY MARCH 24

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LONG STRANGE TRIP: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead 6:30

The 30-year odyssey of the Bay Area’s own Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock 'n' roll history. Famously averse to publicity and seemingly incapable of recording radio-friendly hits, they flouted music industry convention by giving their live music away to a global network of tape traders and becoming the highest grossing concert act in America through word of mouth alone. With a soundtrack that captures some of the band's most dynamic live performances as well as unguarded offstage moments and never-before-seen interviews, footage and photos, Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary  explores the Dead's singular experiment in radically eclectic music making. (2017, 241 min + intermission, DCP)

 
     
     


WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
JACK CARDIFF DOUBLE FEATURE
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PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN 2:45, 7:00 New 4K Restoration!
Sultry and surreal, macabre and hopelessly romantic, Ava Gardner and James Mason star in this grown-up fairy tale as lovers alternately casting or in the clutches of a powerful spell. She’s an otherworldly beauty driving men to distraction (or worse), he’s a 17th-century sea captain doomed to sail the seas for eternity—unless he can find a woman willing to sacrifice her life for love. Set in the fictional Spanish seaside town of Esperanza and boasting a luscious palette photographed by master Technicolor cameraman Jack Cardiff (Black Narcissus), Pandora unfurls with dreamlike logic somewhere between the physical and the metaphysical, sometime between modernity and antiquity. Lovingly restored using Martin Scorsese’s personal 35mm Technicolor print as a color reference, this curio turned classic has never looked so good. (Be on the lookout for a chess set designed by Man Ray, who was also the on-set photographer for Ava Gardner). –Quad Cinema (1951, 123 min, 4K DCP) 2019 restoration completed by Cohen Film Collection, with the support of OCS (France).

+ A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 5:00, 9:15 4K Restoration!
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s remarkable WWII fantasy-drama about a RAF pilot David Niven who cheats death and must plead for his life before a Heavenly court. A film so dazzling in its visual trickery and textural richness that it requires more than one viewing to absorb fully, among the many effective artistic choices was the decision to film the earthbound scenes in Technicolor and the Heaven sequences in black-and-white. Kim Hunter, Raymond Massey, Roger Livesey, and Richard Attenborough co-star. (1946, 104 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
     


THURSDAY MARCH 26 DOUBLE FEATURE
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LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice 7:00
With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene and soon after began her reign as the "rock queen" of the '70s and early '80s, then taking her vocal talents beyond those realms. With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Jackson Browne, this documentary by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk) celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her—and the sound of her voice. (2019, 95 min, DCP)

+ FM 8:45
At popular L.A. progressive radio station Q-SKY, ultra-cool program director Michael Brandon runs a free-wheeling show. But when a clash over content with corporate management puts his job on the line, his DJ team embarks on a rebellious rally for their independence. Directed by leJohn Alonzo (Chinatown, Vanishing Point) this energetic, soundtrack-driven comedy co-stars Martin Mull, Cleavon Little, Eileen Brennan, Alex Karras, and Norman Lloyd, with epic footage of Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett in concert. (1978, 104 min, HD ‘Scope)

 
     
     


FRIDAY MARCH 27 DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE WARRIORS 7:30
Walter Hill’s hyper-stylized actioner follows a Coney Island street gang as they make their way through 28 miles of "enemy territory" with 100,000 rival gang members hot on their trail. The universe created by Hill and cinematographer Andrew Laszlo is futuristic but its distinct ‘70s vibe makes the scenario play out like an urban nightmare. Michael Beck, James Remar, Deborah Van Vulkenberg, and David Patrick Kelly star. (1979, 92 min, DCP)

+ VANISHING POINT 9:15
In one of the most spectacular car chases in motion picture history, Kowalski (played, with maximum minimum cool, by Barry Newman) sets out to prove that he can drive his super-charged Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in just fifteen hours. Director Richard Sarafian’s intoxicating thrill-ride is an offbeat mix of road action and existential drama that has earned a reverential following from today’s auteurs and the cult film crowd alike. (1971, 99 min, DCP)

 

 SATURDAY MARCH 28 THEATRE RENTED

     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 29 SPECIAL EVENT ($16/$12)
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Disney’s FROZEN II Sing-Along Noon

Venture “Into the Unknown” alongside Anna and Elsa when Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen II Special Sing-Along Engagement comes to the Castro for a limited time! Our hosts will warm up your vocal chords before every screening then you can sing along to the words on screen during the movie!

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In Frozen, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In Frozen II, she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. (2019, full program runs approx. 120 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
     


SUNDAY MARCH 29 KIRK DOUGLAS DOUBLE FEATURE
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LUST FOR LIFE 3:45
The tormented genius that was Vincent Van Gogh left behind masterworks that forever changed the world of art. Director Vincent Minnelli incorporates many visual elements inspired by the artist into his stirring biopic about the conflicted and destructive painter who still managed to see a world of beauty like no other. Kirk Douglas won a Golden Globe for his memorable portrayal of Van Gogh, and Anthony Quinn is superb as Paul Gauguin, in this exquisite exploration of the heights and depths of making art. (1956, 122 min, 35mm)

+ SPARTACUS 6:00
Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning saga centered on a Roman slave revolt headed by Kirk Douglas’s titular folklore hero still holds the power to amaze. The cast of major league actors—among them Peter Ustinov, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier and especially Charles Laughton—all make exceptional work of Dalton Trumbo’s reflective screenplay, while Kubrick himself handles the film’s mechanics of corruption with skill. This is widescreen, epic filmmaking on a massive scale: the final battle scene stretches as far as the eye can see—to see it once again on the big screen, in all its expansive glory, is a treat not to be missed. (1960, 196 min + intermission, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY MARCH 30
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FANTASTIC FUNGI 6:00, 8:00

Directed by award-winning filmmaker and pioneer of time-lapse photography, Louie Schwartzberg (Moving Art, Wings of Life, Mysteries of the Unseen Worlds 3D Imax), Fantastic Fungi is an immersive experience that will inspire a shift in consciousness and a renewed love of nature. Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson, the film takes us on a journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network with the potential to heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. (2019, 74 min, DCP)

 
     
     


TUESDAY MARCH 31 FRANCIS COPPOLA DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE CONVERSATION 7:00 New 35mm Print!
Lonely wiretapping expert and devout Catholic Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to record a seemingly innocuous conversation between two lovers (Fredric Forrest and Cindy Williams). Upon re-hearing the tapes, however, Caul believes he may be putting the couple in danger if he turns the material over to his client. Shot on location in San Francisco, this Palme d’Or winner is Francis Ford Coppola’s favorite of his own films; both an intimate character study and an ominous foreshadowing of today’s surveillance state. John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr, and sound montage by Walter Murch co-star. (1974, 113 min, 35mm)

+ THE RAIN PEOPLE 9:05 New 4K Restoration!
Shirley Knight stars as Natalie, a housewife who, unable to cope with being "trapped" by impending pregnancy, deserts her husband and takes to the road. Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, Francis Ford Coppola’s intensely moving film was ahead of its time from both filmmaking and feminist points of view. Knight brings a searing truth to her role as do co-stars (and future stars) James Caan and Robert Duvall as the lonely men who bring tenderness and tragedy her way. (1969, 101 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
     


WEDNESDAY APRIL 1
FRANCIS COPPOLA DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE CONVERSATION 7:00 New 35mm Print!
Lonely wiretapping expert and devout Catholic Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to record a seemingly innocuous conversation between two lovers (Fredric Forrest and Cindy Williams). Upon re-hearing the tapes, however, Caul believes he may be putting the couple in danger if he turns the material over to his client. Shot on location in San Francisco, this Palme d’Or winner is Francis Ford Coppola’s favorite of his own films; both an intimate character study and an ominous foreshadowing of today’s surveillance state. John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr, and sound montage by Walter Murch co-star. (1974, 113 min, 35mm)

+ RUMBLE FISH 9:05 New 4K Restoration!
Set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, S.E. Hinton’s story of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers is given mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions by director Francis Coppola. Graced with a remarkable cast headed by Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, and Diane Lane; haunting black-and-white visuals that hark back to German expressionism; and a powerful percussive score by Stewart Copeland that underlines the movie’s romantic fatalism, Rumble Fish pulsates throughout with genuine love and dread. Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, and Diana Scarwid co-star. (1983, 94 min, 4K DCP)

 
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