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Fourth Friday Flix: Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

“An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting…make it an endearing winner.”
—Time Out.

“A major landmark in the evolution of cinematic science fiction, Forbidden Planet is credited with a number of pioneering achievements: the first depiction of ‘light speed,’ the first ‘personable’ robot, the first entirely electronic score, and (perhaps most notably) the first miniskirt on film.”

Friday, September 27

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“The film’s story echoes that of The Tempest: a spaceship crew led by well-scrubbed, all-American commander John Adams (Leslie Neilsen) is sent to a distant planet to determine the fate of a 20-year-old expedition. To the crew’s surprise, the only people remaining on the planet are Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his fetching daughter Altaira (Anne Francis). Though Morbius warns Adams of danger, the ship lands and the crew are soon threatened by the mysterious and deadly forces at work on the planet.”
—NW Film Center

1956 | 98 min.
All tickets $6.00
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30



Set in the Central Valley of California, where dustbowl refugees from Oklahoma and Texas planted the seeds of a brand new form of American music-a form that would eventually breed singer-songwriters Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and others of the “Bakersfield Sound.” Oildale is an homage to this music, to veterans and to the people of small towns everywhere.

Oildale is a story of what family and extended family means, of the effects of war on human beings and of the basic respect and kindness we find ourselves longing for in an age of increasing sarcasm and cynicism.

Saturday September 28

Doors open 6:00 | Show 7:00

50% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Veterans Resource Centers of America to help house and heal our veterans.

Not yet rated. Parental guidance suggested.

$10 all ages
Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets also available at Annex 39 (next to the Eureka Theater)
and at the Eureka Theater box office.


Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein

“For what we are about to see next, we must enter–quietly–into the realm of genius.”
In 1974, Mel Brooks followed his smash hit Blazing Saddles with his hilarious love letter to the Universal horror pictures of the 1930s and ’40s, Young Frankenstein. Brooks and co-writer/star Gene Wilder brought to life the immortal Dr. Frankenstein and his assistants Igor and Inga, along with the formidable Frau Blucher (cue the horse whinny).

See as it was meant to be seen–on the big screen, in black and white (no offense).

Friday, October 11

Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
1974 | 106 min. | Rated: PG | Admission $6.00

Generously sponsored by:
Jim & Glow Tomich

The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

The Legend of Boggy CreekBefore The Blair Witch Project, there was The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Shot guerilla-style in the wilds of Arkansas by the late Charles B. Pierce (The Town That Dreaded Sundown), The Legend of Boggy Creek was a low-budget docudrama that became a blockbuster smash hit, and an instant drive-in classic.

Friday, October 18

Restored in HD!
Recently restored by the George Eastman Museum, and making its North Coast premiere for one night only, The Legend of Boggy Creek was inspired by eyewitness reports of a Bigfoot-like creature said to live in the rugged bottomlands near the small town of Fouke, Arkansas.

The “Fouke Monster” or “Boggy Creek Monster” came to the attention of locals who sighted it several times in the 1960s. In May 1971, local newspaper reports of a family attacked by the creature inspired Charles B. Pierce to shoot a movie about this mythic monster. Filmed documentary style, The Legend of Boggy Creek mixes staged interviews of local residents who claim to have encountered the creature with reenactments of the reported encounters.

Boggy Creek was a word-of-mouth phenomenon: without any studio support, it played almost continuously throughout the 1970s—largely on the drive-in circuit—ultimately taking in the then-astronomical sum (for an indie) of $20 million. Years later, Daniel Myrick, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, cited it as a major influence.
1972 | 85 min. | Rated G, incredibly

The Eureka Theater is proud to present the Grandaddy Bigfoot movie of all time, generously sponsored by Northern California’s own Weird Howard video production company, specializing in Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Tickets $6.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Movie begins at 7:30
Cocktails, beer & wine available (over 21, ID required)


Robo-Cat Presents Horror Theater: Homicidal (1961)

Homicidal (1961)The Great Razooly returns to host this Horror Theater showing of the William Castle classic Homicidal. Shocks! Scares! And a host of prizes await you!

Friday, October 25

Tickets $6.00 | Screams begin at 7:30
Join us won’t you?

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Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Halloween Screening!

Rocky Horror Picture Show (original poster)

Dark and stormy night? Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab when the 1975 cult classic of all cult classics returns to the big screen: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, accompanied by a live shadow cast!

Tim Curry stars as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, tempting and tormenting innocent newlyweds Janet and Brad (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) in a singing, dancing, Time Warping, cannibalistic romp.

If you’re a devotee, you know the drill: Pull on your fishnets and get ready to be part of the show. And if you’re a Rocky virgin? Don’t worry, we can make you a man. (Or whatever.) Just don’t be late — the master doesn’t like to be kept waiting.

More details coming soon! Stay tuned…
1975 | 100 min. | Rated R

Thursday, October 31

Doors open 7:00 | show begins 7:30

Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and snacks available at the concession stand. Cocktails, beer and wine available for 21+ (ID required).

Generously sponsored by:
The Humboldt Bay Social Club

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)

Blade Runner

Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel about rogue androids set a new standard for sci-fi and brought back the grit, dread and style of film noir. In acid rain-soaked Los Angeles (in November 2019!), a retired cop (a battered Harrison Ford) hunts down a squad of escaped replicants — sentient androids — who are trying to add some time to their battery lives. The late, great Rutger Hauer, who passed away earlier this year, wrings sympathy for the devil from his role as the wild-eyed replicant leader, while Sean Young smolders in full femme-fatale mode. And the extra footage of this “Final Cut” changes everything. Anybody who tells you otherwise is probably a replicant.

Generously sponsored by :
Humboldt’s Emerald Appliance

Friday, November 8

Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
$6.00 all ages

Eureka’s Historic Movie Theater

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“…it needed everything.”

Wendy and Chuck Petty tell you why they got involved and ask you to think about getting involved in restoring this architectural gem.

1939 Streamline Moderne

The historic Eureka Theater—Humboldt County’s 1939 Streamline Modern movie palace, operated and maintained by the Eureka Concert and Film Center, a 501©3 non-profit organization.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Eureka Theater is host to numerous events throughout the year, and is in the ongoing process of restoration to its original glory. Located in downtown Eureka, California, the Eureka Theater is also available for event and performance rentals, tours, weddings, graduations, small parties and receptions.

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