Special Events

Lost Highway - double featured with WILD AT HEART

May 30 to Jun 1
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1997 - 135m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

Haunting sexuality, ricochet action and fleeting, murderous shadows await you on a journey that begins and ends on the Lost Highway. The successful jazz musician whose marriage is on the rocks… The man in black who threatens to expose him… The young mechanic with links to a powerful mobster… The mobster's moll, who knows what she wants and the people who can get it for her. These are the riders on the Lost Highway, trapped in their worlds of desire, destiny, and unknown destination, where the truth is always just a short way further down the road. Featuring a star-studded soundtrack and an incredible cast including Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Patricia Arquette (Medium), Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake and Robert Loggia, Lost Highway is a powerful, sensual and extraordinary movie experience from the director that you know from Blue Velvet & Twin Peaks.

“Beyond subversive and downright ahead of its time.” - Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

“It's one of the downright spookiest films I've ever seen, and it gives me chills just to recall it.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

“Its demented darkness actually coallesces into a strange kind of giddy joy - not unlike the rush of adrenaline one feels after a brush with danger.” - Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter

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Wild At Heart - double featured with LOST HIGHWAY

May 30 to Jun 1
Tuesday to Thursday 3:30, 6:00

Dir. David Lynch - 1990 - 125m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

WINNER OF THE 1990 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PALME D'OR - Mr. Lynch delivers a stunning piece of work with this flamboyantly violent and erotic tale of love on the run. Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival, Wild At Heart is a twisted rollercoaster ride to redemption through an American gothic heart of darkness. If Lula (Laura Dern, Blue Velvet) knows on thing in this world, it's that she's destined to be with her ex-con boyfriend Sailor (Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) - no matter how many times her mama (Diane Ladd, Rumbling Rose) tries to kill him. But when she and Sailor finally hit the road in a desperate bid to find happiness, their journey plunges them into a disturbing underworld filled with sexual secrets and dangerous desires that form a terrifying tapestry of human extremity. The amazing supporting cast includes Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rossellini and Crispin Glover, just to name a few.

“Joltingly violent, wickedly funny and rivetingly erotic.” - Variety Staff

“Funny, scary and brilliantly cinematic.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“Lynch's kinky fairy tale is a triumph of startling images and comic invention.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar

Jun 2
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Beeban Kidron - 1995 - 109m - All Seats $8

A PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE MOVIE SPECIAL!  ADVANCE TICKETS ONLINE AVAILABLE, CLICK HERE!

Whether you're celebrating Pride or if you're a fan, join PRIDE & Equality for a special screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar at The Guild Cinema in Nob Hill starring the late Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo. With live drag performances and giveaways through the evening. THIS IS AN ALL-AGES EVENT!

Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo star as three "girls" who just wanna have fun in a hilarious comedy about repairing broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails. En route from New York City to Hollywood for a drag queen beauty pageant, Noxeema (Snipes), Vida (Swayze) and Chi Chi (Leguizamo) are forced to take an unwelcome detour when their 1967 Cadillac convertible breaks down. Stranded in the tiny midwestern town of Snydersville, the three try to make the best of their unfortunate circumstance. And when their glitz and glamour wake up the sleepy local citizens, the stage is set for an outrageously funny weekend. Also starring Stockard Channing and Blyth Danner, this marvelous mix of flamboyant fun and unrefined simpleness erupts into plenty of laughs!

“A great deal of fun and a small step forward in Hollywood's depiction of homosexuals.” - Rita Kempley, Washington Post

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Eraserhead - the ultimate cult movie on the big screen!

Jun 3
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1977 - 89m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

A dream of dark and troubling things . . . 

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

“What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” - Nathan Lee, Village Voice

“It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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The Elephant Man

Jun 3 to Jun 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lynch - 1980 - 123m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

From the acclaimed director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart, it’s the bizarre but true story of courage and human dignity. John Hurt gives the performance of a lifetime as John Merrick, the worst "freak" known to Victorian medical science, a man whose body is hideously distorted into a grotesque parody of an elephant. Rescued from a travelling freak show by Sir Frederick Treves, Merrick gradually reveals himself to be a strangely sweet and gentle man, remarkably unembittered by the degradation and torment he suffered at the circus. Beautifully shot by Freddie Francis and with an excellent supporting cast including Sir John Gielgud, Anne Bancroft and Dame Wendy Hiller, The Elephant Man is a compelling, moving and enchanting story. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

“Lynch's powerful depiction of Merrick (played by John Hurt) moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness. That's the very movement of the story itself.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker

“Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.” - Variety Staff

“A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.” - Tom Milne, Time Out

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Titicut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

Jun 6 to Jun 7
Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Frederick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

ALSO PLAYING TUESDAY JUNE 27 TO THURSDAY JUNE 29 !

Iconic documentarian Fredrick Wiseman’s stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

“A documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in TITICUT FOLLIES forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

“After a showing of TITICUT FOLLIES the mind does not dwell on the hospital’s ancient and even laughable physical plant, or its pitiable social atmosphere. What sticks, what really hurts is the sight of human life made cheap and betrayed. We see men needlessly stripped bare, insulted, herded about callously, mocked, taunted. We see them ignored or locked interminably in cells. We hear the craziness in the air, the sudden outbursts, the quieter but stronger undertow of irrational noise that any doctor who has worked under such circumstances can only take for so long. But much more significantly, we see the ‘professionals’, the doctors and workers who hold the fort in the Bridgewaters of this nation, and they are all over…TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…” – Robert Coles, The New Republic

“A great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition.” – Ray Greene, Village View

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USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story - A 50th Anniversary Special

Jun 8
Thursday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Dir. Patrick King - 1989 - 60m

A VETERANS FOR PEACE (ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER) SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

USS Liberty Survivors: Our Story describes the USS Liberty incident through eyewitness accounts of the survivors. It is the only video account free from the Orwellian doublespeak that has obscured the event since June 8, 1967, when Israeli jet aircraft and motor torpedo boats brutally attacked the USS Liberty in international waters. The attack lasted more than two hours, killing 54 Americans and wounding 171 others -- and it inflicted over 800 rocket and torpedo holes in the ship. When the USS Liberty refused to sink, Israeli forces machine-gunned her life rafts and sent in troop-carrying helicopters to finish the job. Details of the attack were hushed up in both countries. Israel claimed that her forces mistook the USS Liberty for an Egyptian ship; America quietly accepted that excuse despite evidence to the contrary. The facts have been covered up, and have never been told on video -- until now. Now learn the truth from the men who lived through it!

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Dune

Jun 9 to Jun 10
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. David Lynch - 1984 - 137m - No Matinees

AS PART OF OUR DAVID LYNCH CINEMATIC FEAST IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW TWIN PEAKS TV SERIES!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GOOD BUDDIES WITH BUBONICON 49 !

The controversial film version of Frank Herbert's classic science fiction epic, Dune, explodes on the screen with dazzling special effects, unforgettable images and powerful performances. The saga of intergalactic warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) and his messianic rise to leadership features an all-star cast, including Jose Ferrer, Max Von Sydow, Oscar-winner Linda Hunt and rock legend, Sting. This monumental Dino DeLaurentiis presentation is directed by David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Eraserhead), with photography by Academy Award-winner Freddie Francis, music by Grammy-winner Toto, and incredible monster creation by E.T.'s Carlo Rambaldi. Visit an unbelievable world beyond and space, and experience the ultimate adventure that goes beyond the imagination!

“Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.” - Time Out

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Topsy-Turvy

Jun 10 to Jun 11
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Mike Leigh - 1999 - 160m - All seats just $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

The world of Gilbert and Sullivan comes to vivid life in director Mike Leigh’s extraordinary dramatization of the staging of the duo’s legendary 1885 comic opera The Mikado. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner brilliantly inhabit the roles of the world-famous Victorian librettist and composer, who, along with their troupe of temperamental actors, must battle personal and professional demons while mounting this major production. A lushly produced epic about the harsh realities of creative expression, featuring bravura performances and Oscar-winning costume design and makeup, Topsy-Turvy is an unexpected period delight from one of contemporary cinema’s great artists.

“The sense of a work of art coming to life has rarely been more beautifully or excitingly portrayed. This is a film not to be missed.” - Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

“[A] beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world.” - Deborah Young, Variety

“Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.” - Trevor Johnston, Time Out

“The film is a delight and a surprise, all the more so since Leigh is associated with gritty working-class stories.” - Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

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David Huntsberger Comedy - The Nothingness Tour!

Jun 13
Tuesday 9:30pm ONLY

Dir. David, of course! - NOW! - 90m approx - ALL SEATS $10 - Must be 18 years or older

It's stand-up comedy that usually covers aliens, God, death, robots, artificial intelligence, beliefs and thing of that nature and is probably for you if you like DOUGLAS ADAMS, HG WELLS, TOM ROBBINS, RAY BRADBURY, KURT VONNEGUT and have a general curiousity about why we are here.

And, hey, the opener is our very own MATT PETERSON!

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El Mariachi - the 1993 indie classic!

Jun 13 to Jun 15
Tuesday to Thursday 3:45, 5:30, 7:30

Dir. Roberto Rodriguez - 1993 - 82m - U.S. / Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

IN CELEBRATION OF THE UPCOMING FESTIVAL CHISPA CONCERTS!

All he wants is to be a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life in this critically acclaimed film debut from writer/director Robert Rodriguez!

“Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.” - Todd McCarthy, Variety

“Juicy, adroit, and likable.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as playful as it is knowing of genre conventions. The director's light touch is all his own; and this unpretentious offering delivers in all departments.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepared for a big future of his own.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Titicut Follies - a 50th Anniversary restoration release!

Jun 27 to Jun 29
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Fredrick Wiseman - 1967 - 84m

Iconic documentarian Fredrick Wiseman’s stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.

“A documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminal insane… A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens — and surely these are the least of ours — is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in TITICUT FOLLIES forces us to contemplate our capacity for callousness.” – Richard Schickel, Life

“After a showing of TITICUT FOLLIES the mind does not dwell on the hospital’s ancient and even laughable physical plant, or its pitiable social atmosphere. What sticks, what really hurts is the sight of human life made cheap and betrayed. We see men needlessly stripped bare, insulted, herded about callously, mocked, taunted. We see them ignored or locked interminably in cells. We hear the craziness in the air, the sudden outbursts, the quieter but stronger undertow of irrational noise that any doctor who has worked under such circumstances can only take for so long. But much more significantly, we see the ‘professionals’, the doctors and workers who hold the fort in the Bridgewaters of this nation, and they are all over…TITICUT FOLLIES is a brilliant work of art…” – Robert Coles, The New Republic

“A great work, a near-masterpiece not just of the documentary form, but of moviemaking in any category. It’s a film that transcends the time and place of its manufacture, and it should be seen not just by documentarians and film students but by anyone interested in the movies as a medium capable of powerfully presenting the human condition.” – Ray Greene, Village View

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