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
Beer & wine available (over 21, ID required)
Saturday, October 19th
In 1973 a rookie reporter tries to cover armed members of the American Indian Movement who have taken over the historic village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Along the way he is threatened by vigilantes who oppose the takeover and believe the press is the enemy of law and order. After he defies a government news blackout and embeds with the militants, he is arrested by FBI agents. Forty years later, he meets a Yurok Indian fisherman in California, a man he unwittingly photographed during the 10-week occupation. The two travel back to the Dakotas and later to the pipeline protests on the Standing Rock Reservation, where they witness the legacy of 1970’s activism in Indian Country. Meanwhile, the reporter launches a new investigation into the murder of his former roommate, a mysterious Canadian Native who took part in the Wounded Knee uprising. He butts heads with the FBI again, this time over the Bureau’s alleged practice of ‘snitch-jacketing’ the Canadian woman as an informer. The story takes another unsettling turn when the reporter confronts the founders of the Indian movement with alleged ties to her killing, a decision that threatens to undermine his status as a trusted outsider.
“Armed Indians seize a historic village to defend their culture; a rookie reporter embeds to get their story. By time the occupiers surrender 71 days later, 15 combatants have been wounded, two are dead and hundreds have been arrested–including the reporter. A Yurok warrior puts down his gun and comes home to Humboldt County to build a traditional village on the Klamath River.”
Doors open 6:00 | Film 7:00
$12 General Admission | $8 Students/Seniors
Tickets available at the door or at Annex 39 (next door to Eureka Theater)
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
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
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.