Thursday, February 21st
“Science on Screen” returns in February, featuring the bonkers-in-a-good-way Tank Girl (1995) and lecturer Lonny Grafman. This event will pair popular cinema with the real-science of how to survive, or maybe even prevent, an apocalypse.
The year is 2033 and the world is a desert. An evil corporation not only holds rights to all the planet’s water supply but acts as government. Rebel girls Tank Girl, Jet Girl, and Sub Girl join the Rebel Rippers to overthrow Water & Power Corporation’s corrupt regime.
Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering and Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University, Founder and President of the Appropedia Foundation, and the Advisor for the epi-apocalyptic city art projects, Waterpod, Flock House, and WetLand.
Lonny has led teams all over the world assisting communities with sustainability projects including the use of solar power to improve cookstoves, micro-hydro power, rainwater catchment, and constructing plastic bottle schoolrooms. He believes the most vital component to sustainability is community.
Tickets are $5 all ages
Doors and bars open 6:30 | Lecture 7:00 | Movie 8:00
Friday, February 22
Sheltered girl meets a bad boy from the wrong side of the Catskills resort and is pulled into a whirlwind of romance and dance montages culminating in the annual end-of-season show. Who hasn’t been there? Revisit the 1987 version of 1963 with a pompadoured Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle, rolling up his short sleeves to teach Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) to mambo and cha-cha. Swivel like Swayze to the iconic soundtrack that zigzags between decades and launched a thousand awkward proms. Can these two crazy kids from different worlds make it work? Will her dad (Jerry Orbach!) find out? Will they ever perfect that lift? And who puts Baby in the corner? Nobody.
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
Watch the Oscars in style at the 6th annual Red Carpet Gala.
Get glammed up, and show your support for the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the restoration of the historic Eureka Theater by attending Humboldt’s best Oscar party.
Doors open at 4:30 —walk the red carpet into the Streamline Moderne lobby of the Eureka Theater. In the lobby, guests can schmooze with fellow movie fans, sample hors d’oeuvres, and order fabulous cocktails and champagne from the no-host bars, while enjoying music by musician Michael Dayvid.
ABC’s live telecast of the 91st Annual Academy Awards will begin at 5:00, projected on the big screen in the Eureka Theater auditorium. Pesky commercials will be replaced with the Film Commission’s local Film-Friendly awards, videos, and music by RLA Trio.
Compete and win prizes in the Best Dressed Contest and pick the winners in our Oscar Winner Contest.
VIP tables available for $275 (table seating six) and $325 (table seating eight).
Tables include tickets, priority entry, 2 bottles of champagne, plated appetizers, and table service. Tables are limited.
Come celebrate our 80th birthday with a one-time-only 35mm screening of the first movie ever shown at the Eureka Theater.
Saturday March 2nd
Going Places, a 1938 American musical comedy film in which Dick Powell plays a sporting goods salesman who is forced to pose as a famous horseman as part of his scheme to boost sales and gets entangled in his lies. The song “Jeepers Creepers,” is premiered in this movie by Louis Armstrong, who sings it to a horse.
The 35mm film print shown for this event is on loan by special arrangement by the Library of Congress.
Doors open at 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
The Eureka Theater’s 80th birthday celebration continues with a triple feature from 1939, arguably the greatest year in movie history.
Sunday, March 3rd
Doors open 2:00
2:30: follow Dorothy and friends down the yellow brick road and see the Wizard of Oz as it was meant to be seen–on the big screen.
5:00: it’s Destry Rides Again the charming comedy-western starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.
7:00: The Marx Brothers are At the Circus, trying to save the circus for its young owner by getting a performance at a high-society party. A highlight is Groucho’s classic rendition of “Lydia the Tattooed Lady.”
And of course, plenty of cartoons and shorts to fill in the gaps.
Admission original 1939 prices:
Thirty-five cents for adults
ten cents for kids 12 and under
No advance tickets
Beer, wine, and cocktails will be sold beginning at 4:30 (over 21, ID required)
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Friday, March 8th
A critical and commercial smash featuring Burt Lancaster’s screen debut as Swede, a man running from his past who’s too tired to run anymore.
In an unnamed rural town, Swede lives an unassuming life working at a service station and keeping to himself. Through a series of flashbacks, however, we get extended glimpses into his prior life as a professional boxer mixed up with several shady characters, including crime boss “Big Jim” Colfax (Albert Dekker) and enchanting vixen Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner).
Swede and Big Jim go in on a robbery, but in the dark world of Film Noir, double-crossing is expected at every juncture, plans go awry, and fates are sealed.
Based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway.
(1946 / b&w / 103 min.)
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
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.