Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948)

Poster for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948)James Stewart, Farley Granger and John Dall star in this macabre spellbinder, in which two thrill-seeking friends strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim’s family and friends, serving refreshments on a buffet table containing the lifeless body.

When dinner conversation revolves around talk of the “perfect murder,” their former teacher (Stewart) becomes suspicious that his students have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.

Hitchcock decided to shoot this film as though it were happening in one long, uninterrupted shot. Since the camera can only hold one 10-minute reel at a time, Hitchcock had to be creative when it came time to change reels, disguising the switches as the camera passed behind someone’s back or moved behind a lamp.

Friday, August 16th

(1948 | 80 min)
Tickets are $6.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935)

Still from Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935)Hitchcock’s first great romantic thriller is a prime example of the MacGuffin principle in action. Richard Hannay is a Canadian tourist in London who becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy when a mysterious spy winds up murdered in Hannay’s rented flat and both the police and a secret organization wind up hot on his trail.

With only a seemingly meaningless phrase (“the 39 steps”), a small Scottish town circled on a map, and a criminal mastermind identified by a missing finger as clues, quick-witted Hannay eludes police and spies as he works his way across the countryside to reveal the mystery and clear his name.

Friday, August 2nd

(1935 | 86 min)
Tickets $5.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30

Sponsored by:

Eureka Main Street

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV A New HopeOur Fourth Friday Flick for July—What else do we need to say? The epic space adventure that started it all, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, is our July Friday Flick. Join us at 6:30, as we open our cantina early, to enjoy some galactic cocktails. Cosplayers and costumes welcome!

Join us at 6:30, as we open our cantina early, to enjoy some galactic cocktails.

Friday, July 26th

Rated PG | 125 minutes
All tickets: $8
Doors open 6:30 | Showtime 7:30

Generously sponsored by:
The Scruffy Nerd Herder

Sangha Tattoo

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back!

The Empire Strikes Back poster

The saga continues with Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back!
Join us at 6:30, as we open our cantina early, to enjoy some galactic cocktails. Cosplayers and costumes welcome!

Saturday, July 27

Rated PG | 124 minutes
All tickets: $8

Showtime 7:30

Generously sponsored by:

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Blue Lake Casino logo

 

 

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Still from Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938)

This classic mystery, and one of Hitchcock’s greatest films, manages to combine humor with a genuine sense of menace. The film is set into motion when a seemingly innocuous old woman, Miss Froy, disappears while on board a train bound for England. It’s up to attractive young Iris (Margaret Lockwood) and brash music student Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) to solve the mystery as they are plunged into an international conspiracy.

No one is as he or she seems, but sorting out the villains from the merely mysterious is a challenge in itself, as our innocents abroad face resistance from the entire passenger list.

Friday August 9th

(1938 | 94 min)
Tickets are $5.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime at 7:30

Sponsored by a supporter of the Eureka Theater

Friday Night Noir: Hell’s Half Acre (1954)

Hell's Half Acre (1954)Friday, July 12

When you sit down to watch a gritty film noir and see Don the Beachcomber listed as the “Technical Advisor,” you know you’re in for something special. Add to that a detuned slack-key guitar music score, co-Queens of Noir Evelyn Keyes and Marie Windsor, and real Oahu filming locations, and you’ll soon wish “Tiki Noir” had become more of a thing.

Republic stalwart John H. Auer (City That Never Sleeps) directed this gritty crime film on location in Hawaii, where Honolulu’s notorious Hell’s Half Acre quarter serves as a background to a complex tale of transgression and redemption. Wendell Corey is a reformed racketeer whose past catches up with him when his lover (Nancy Gates) shoots and kills one of his former partners in crime; Evelyn Keyes is a visitor from Los Angeles who comes to believe that Corey is the husband she thought she lost at Pearl Harbor 10 years prior.

(1954 / b&w / 111 min.)
Tickets $5.00
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30PM

Generously sponsored by The Banana Hut Hawaiian BBQ
The Banana Hut

Friday Night Noir
Mildred Pierce (1945)

Mildred Pierce (1945) starring Joan Crawford

Friday, June 21

Shoulderpads, murder, and pie—what the hell more do you want? Throw in razor-sharp dialogue and the sunny despair of Los Angeles noir.

Joan Crawford tears up the screen as Mildred Pierce, a woman drawn into a police investigation after the murder of her second husband, her name being the last word to leave his lips. Matters become more complicated when she lures an old friend to the murder scene to frame him for the crime. The reasons for her duplicity are recanted through flashbacks, showing her ascension from humble waitress to successful business owner, devotion to her children and their well-being, and her complicated relationships with men.

(1945 / b&w / 111 min.)

Generously sponsored by Tina Meow.
All tickets $5.00.
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30

Humboldt premiere of
Breaking Habits

Breaking HabitsFriday June 28th

Humboldt premiere of ‘Breaking Habits’ with Q&A

The Eureka Theater is proud to present the Humboldt premiere of the new documentary Breaking Habits, which tells the story of Sister Kate, founder of the Sisters of the Valley (AKA the Weed Nuns).

Cheated by her stealing, polygamist husband of 17 years, once high-flying corporate exec Christine Meeusen fled penniless with her three young children as her American dream began to unravel. Determined to make a living for her family, she discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming and met her calling as founder of medicinal-marijuana empire Sisters of the Valley. Shedding her former life, Christine became Sister Kate; on a mission to provide her products to those in need. Fighting off the county sheriff, and protecting her crop from deadly black-market thieves, Breaking Habits is a story of rebellion, hope and revival. This is Sister Kate’s journey to becoming the head of a fast-growing enterprise, a voice for the unheard—and possibly the most controversial nun in the world.

The premiere screening at 7 PM at the Eureka Theater will be preceded by a meet and greet with Sister Kate and the Sisters at 5 PM, in the lobby of the theater.

Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with the Sisters.

Tickets $10 available at the door.

Sponsored by:
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Breaking Habits directed by Robert Ryan, is not rated, and has a runtime of 87 minutes. Distributed by Good Deed Entertainment

Friday Night Noir:
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Friday Night Noir: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Friday May 10

The gold standard for “caper” films. John Huston brings a neo-realist feel to his version of W. R. Burnett’s classic crime novel, and a remarkable cast vividly brings to life the book’s rogues gallery of crooked characters. Starring Sterling Hayden and Jean Hagen, and featuring a trio of the finest supporting performances ever: Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, and Marc Lawrence. Huston also gets credit for being the first to exploit the extraordinary onscreen sex appeal of Marilyn Monroe—this was the film that launched her meteoric rise to stardom.

(1950 / b&w / 112 min.)
All tickets $5.00
Doors open 7:00 | showtime at 7:30

Science on Screen: Jurassic Park (1993)
How to Clone a Dinosaur

Science on Screen: Jurassic Park

Thursday, May 16

Science on Screen returns in May, featuring the dino-movie to rule them all, Jurassic Park (1993) and lecturer Samantha del Campo, who will discuss the science behind the gene-editing technology used in the story. Science on Screen is a recurring event that features creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Samantha del Campo is a graduate of Humboldt State University’s Cellular and Molecular Biology Program. Following graduation, she completed the CIRM Bridges 2.0 program, a one-year externship at UC Davis spent working with human stem cells.

Currently, Samantha is employed as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Kyle Fink’s lab at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, a translational facility focused on developing translational science and therapeutics in the stem cell field. Samantha’s primary project in the lab involves the screening of artificial transcription factors designed to modify gene expression in Angelman Syndrome (AS) neurons. AS is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by varying symptoms such as intellectual disability and a lack of speech development. The goal of this research project, ultimately, is to advance understanding of potential genetic therapeutics for AS.

$5 all ages
Doors open 6:30 | Lecture 7:00 | Movie 8:00

The Invincible Czars:
Phantom of the Opera & Nosferatu

The Invincible Czars return with a double feature.

Friday, May 24

Two silent film classics with a haunting live score!
The Invincible Czars return to the Eureka Theater with a chilling & thrilling double feature.

Austin’s Invincible Czars have made their mark by creating exceptionally original music: songs and instrumental pieces that are like four-to-five minute mini-symphonies chock full of memorable melodies, meticulous arrangements, dynamics, and humor.

Their music fuses riff rock, classical/symphonic music, heavy metal, loungey grooves, odd meters, klezmer, country shuffles, punk rock and circusy polka. They draw from influences as disparate as Slint and Igor Stravinsky, Van Halen and Louis Armstrong, and The Melvins and Ween with the DIY attitude of post-punk groups like NoMeansNo and Fugazi to their musical explorations, resulting in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

In the past few years, they have also become known and lauded for their arrangements of classical works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain.” They have also re-scored the Russian silent film Aelita, Queen of Mars and performed it live for Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in July 2007 with guest vibraphonist Sarah Norris of Bee vs. Moth.

The Phantom of the Opera
In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom, a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, sets out to rescue her.

Nosferatu
Originally released in 1922 as “Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror”, this chilling and eerie adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is a striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. As the world’s first vampire movie, it is regarded as the first important horror film–but it was almost erased from the history books when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie were destroyed. Several survived, and this performance will feature the most completely restored version that exists.

Tickets are $20 for the double feature ($10 each movie) available at the door
Doors open 6:15 | Phantom showtime 7:00 | Nosferatu showtime 9:00

Friday Night Noir: Gilda (1946)

Gilda 1946Friday April 12th

“Hate is a very exciting emotion. Haven’t you noticed? Very exciting. I hate you too, Johnny. I hate you so much, I think I’m gonna die from it…”

Doffing one black satin glove at a time, Rita Hayworth officially became a Hollywood icon as eye-meltingly beautiful showgirl and caged wife Gilda, “putting the blame on Mame,” singing and wiggling at the Buenos Aires casino owned by her shady crime boss husband, Ballin Mundson (who uses his “little friend” long before Tony Montana ever did).

But no one gets to her more than ex-flame Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), just hired as Mundson’s henchman and right-hand man. This nasty love triangle forms the heart of Charles Vidor’s essential Hollywood noir.

(1946 / b&w / 110 min.)

All tickets $5.00
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30

Science on Screen: Tremors (1990)

Tremors (1990)Shaky Ground w/ Lori Dengler:
Thursday, April 18

“Science on Screen” returns in April, featuring the awesome-in-every-way Tremors (1990) and lecturer Lori Dengler. This recurring event features creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Back in 1990, Universal released one of the last great all-practical monster movies: TREMORS. It didn’t make much of a box-office ripple, but it soon become a cult favorite for its remarkably convincing herd of desert-burrowing “graboids”—giant carnivorous worms—and the gallery of likably individualistic characters they prey on.

Leading the ensemble are Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as Val and Earl, handymen slackers (“See, we plan ahead; that way we don’t do anything right now”) forced to press themselves into heroic service to protect their fellow residents of the tiny town of Perfection.

With a dry, understated sense of humor and thrills aplenty, TREMORS itself is a little slice of perfection in the creature-feature genre, one that still holds up beautifully even as many subsequent CGI showcases have faded into the dust. 25 years later, it’s still a must-see on the big screen!

Before the film, earthquake expert Dr. Lori Dengler explains our vibrating Earth, its subsurface structure, the geological importance of the area in which Tremors was filmed, and “some of the fantastic things we’ve learned that are even more amazing than science fiction.”

Dr. Lori Dengler is an emeritus professor of geology from Humboldt State University, with expertise in tsunami science and regional earthquakes. She’s been part of post-earthquake/tsunami reconnaissance studies to Japan, Indonesia and other parts of the world, co-authored a post-tsunami survey guide for the international tsunami community, and continues to be involved with research and outreach projects on the North Coast.

$5 all ages
Doors open 6:30 | Lecture 7:00 | Movie 8:00.

Science on Screen: Obselidia

Science on Screen: Obselidia

Thursday March 21st

Libraries in the 21st Century

The Eureka Theater presents a National Evening of Science on Screen®, featuring Obselidia (2010). A Sundance Film Festival award winner, the film follows a nostalgic librarian cataloging obsolete occupations. While traveling to Death Valley, he partners with a silent film projectionist to meet an eccentric scientist predicting the end of the world.

But do all librarians live in the past? Preceding the film, a panel of local librarians will discuss their experiences in the world of information science, and how libraries have helped information become more accessible in the digital age.

Tickets $5.
Doors open 6:30 | Panel discussion 7:00 | movie  8:00

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

 

Fourth Friday Flix:
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Friday March 22

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ’80s most-triumphant film, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

Join us for this bromance of the ages as we follow Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) through time so that they can deliver the most excellent history report ever.

4th Friday Flix

Eureka Theater

Rated: PG | 91 min.
All tickets $5.00
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30

 

House of Floyd

House of Floyd at Eureka Theater
Saturday, April 20th

House of Floyd, the Bay Area’s tribute to Pink Floyd, brings their fantastic road show for an unbelievable 4/20 show that is not to be missed. Screen projection along with many original Pink Floyd videos, moving lights and state of the art laser show along with this highly talented group of seven musicians celebrates 4/20 in the best way possible.

Get your tickets now through Brownpaper Tickets or in person at Annex 39, The Works, and Wildberries.

Tickets: $25
Show: 8:00

Robo-Cat’s Horror Theater:
The Fog (1980) and Jaws Double Feature!

The Fogs and Jaws

Friday, April 26

A foggy and fishy double feature co-sponsored by Robo-Cat Productions Horror Theater and the Eureka Salt and Fog Fish Fest!

First, it’s the John Carpenter classic The Fog, set in a tiny California coastal town preparing to commemorate its centenary. When a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, people start to die. The Fog will be hosted by the inimitable The Great Razooly.

Then, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater, it’s Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jaws. When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes Amity Island at the height of tourist season, a police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the beast.

The Fog: 91 min. Rated R | Jaws: 130 min. Rated PG

$8.00 all ages (both features)
Doors open 6:30 | The Fog 7:00 | Jaws 9:00

Eureka Salt and Fog Fish Fest

Science on Screen:
Tank Girl (1995) and Apocalyptic Technologies

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

Fourth Friday Flix: Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty DancingFriday, 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.

Generously sponsored by:
Little Shop of Hers

Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
Tickets $5.00

2019 Red Carpet Gala Oscar Viewing Party

Sunday, February 24Gala Oscar Party 2019

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.

Generously sponsored by:
Redwood Region Economic Development Commission

Fly Humboldt

Advance tickets are $25 | at door $30
available at Annex 39 Antiques, next door to the Eureka Theater or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

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.

Going Places (1938)
Eureka Theater’s 80th Birthday

Going Places newspaper ad 1939Come 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

1939 Triple Feature!

Triple feature at 1939 prices

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 Night Noir: The Killers (1946)

The Killers (1946)If you’ve ever wondered what’s the big deal about Ava Gardner, and how could she manage to leave a trail of broken lovers in her wake, THE KILLERS will answer that question for you.

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
$5.00.

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1959)

Friday Night Noir
January 11th

A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.
William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
Directed by Billy Wilder

Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
$5.00 all ages