February 16, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Bigfoot is coming, and he’s not happy.
Primal Rage, the Hollywood-produced Bigfoot horror movie that filmed almost entirely in the redwood region during 2015 and 2016, will have an exclusive North Coast premiere February 16th at the Eureka Theater.
The film tells the story of a couple who end up lost while passing through the redwoods. As they try to find their way back to civilization, the couple soon realizes that there is something big in the forest with them…and it doesn’t seem to be friendly.
Major scenes in the movie involving the 7-foot-tall hairy monster were filmed on Smith River’s Palmer Westbrook Ranch, whose property was also utilized for scenes in 1983’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
The North Coast premiere, on Friday, February 16th, will be a benefit for the ongoing restoration of the Eureka Theater. Doors will open at 7 PM, with the film starting at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 and only available at the door. Come early, special screenings at the Eureka Theater can sell out. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the Clarke Historical Museum. Producer Edward Olson will be on hand to introduce the film.
At present, no other theaters in Humboldt or Del Norte Counties are scheduled to show Primal Rage, so this North Coast premiere may be the only chance to see it on the big screen before an eventual VOD and DVD/Blu-ray release.
Primal Rage is rated R by the MPAA. It includes scenes of intense violence and isn’t suitable for all audiences.
February 23, 2018 | 7:30 PM
“Of all Chaplin’s features, probably his most universally beloved is City Lights,” says Andrew Sarris. Albert Einstein is said to have cried with laughter at the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles in 1931. Described by Chaplin as “a comedy romance in pantomime,” this winning mix of slapstick, sentiment and social criticism has the Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl. When he discovers that her sight can be restored with an expensive operation, he goes to extraordinary lengths to raise the necessary money — including an hilariously ill-advised turn as a prizefighter. She, for her part, believes her unseen benefactor to be a handsome millionaire. A synchronized musical score and comic sound effects were Chaplin’s only concessions to the new sound era; the film has nary a word of spoken dialogue. Jean Harlow appears as an extra in the nightclub sequence. James Agee called the famed final scene “the highest moment in the movies.” “The most wistfully Chaplinesque of Chaplin features” (J. Hoberman). “Of all the comedies ever made, City Lights is the best — Chaplin’s best, probably anybody’s best. . . It packs an emotional wallop” (Woody Allen).
Tickets are $5.00 all ages. Doors open at 7:00 PM, movie starts at 7:30 PM.
B&W, silent with musical score. 87 mins.
March 4, 2018 | 5:00 PM
The 5th Annual Red Carpet Gala will feature an appetizer bar, prizes, champagne and cocktails from the no host bar, a best dressed contest, local Film Friendly awards, and musical entertainment by the RLA Jazz Trio and solo artist Michael Dayvid, all while watching ABC’s live public telecast of the 2018 Academy Awards on the BIG screen.
Advance tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets or in person at Annex 39 Antiques in Eureka.
For information about the organizers visit www.filmhumboldtdelnorte.o
Congratulations to “Duckie” & “Iona”
There were many rad costumes and outfits at our ’80s double feature, and it was really tough to choose. But the judges have spoken, and “Duckie” & “Iona” were awarded the fabulous prizes donated by Slice of Humboldt Pie, the Eureka Theater, and The Works!
A big thank you to everyone who went the extra mile and channeled that Wang Chung vibe.
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.