Martini Matinee: The Big Trees (1952)

Big Trees Kirk Douglas

Sunday, April 15th

Doors at 2 PM, Movie at 2:30 PM

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the Eureka Theater present another classic in our film series featuring movies filmed in the Redwood Region, Martini Matinees, sponsored by Couture Designer Consignment!

The Big Trees is a story of a corrupt Wisconsin lumberman Jim Fallon (Kirk Douglas) who travels to Northern California at the dawn of the 20th century in order to gain control of a tract of redwood forest. Fallon’s underhanded tactics stir resentment from everyone

Like the Film Commission’s other community film series, Movies in the Park, our monthly Martini Matinee screenings are free! Of course, donations will be accepted!

The bartenders at the no-host bar will be mixing up classic and themed martinis for you to enjoy while you watch classic movies on the big screen. Beer, wine, and concessions will be also available, as always. The proceeds go toward the restoration of the theater!

The other films we’ll be showing over the next couple months will be:

  • May: Dead Man (1995) starring Johnny Depp
  • June: The Majestic (2001) starring Jim Carey

Martini Matinee: Green Dolphin Street (1947)

Sunday, March 18

Doors open at 2 PM

On Sunday March 18th, we’re partnering with the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission to start a new film series, featuring classic movies filmed in the Redwood Region… Martini Matinees sponsored by Couture Designer Consignment!

First up, will be Lana Turner in ‘Green Dolphin Street’ (1947). 70 years ago, on March 20th, 1948, this classic film, which was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, ended up winning an Oscar for Best Special Effects. We’ll celebrate that win on March 18th, 2018!

And like their other community film series, Movies in the Park, our monthly Martini Matinee screenings, are FREE! Of course, donations will be accepted!

The bartenders, at the no-host bar, will be mixing up classic and themed martinis for you to enjoy while you watch classic movies on the big screen. Beer, wine, and concessions will be also available, as always. The proceeds go toward the restoration of the theater!

The other films we’ll be showing over the next few months will be:

  • April: The Big Trees (1952) starring Kirk Douglas
  • May: Dead Man (1995) starring Johnny Depp
  • June:The Majestic (2001) starring Jim Carey

Martini Matinee at Eureka Theater

PRIMAL RAGE (2018) – Exclusive North Coast Premiere!

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.

Fourth Friday Flix: CITY LIGHTS (1931)

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.

The Red Carpet Gala 2018: Oscars Viewing Party

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.


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A River’s Last Chance

A River's Last Chance (film)

January 19th

Friday 7:00 pm

Join California Trout and Pacific Rivers at a screening of “A River’s Last Chance,” a story of salmon, timber, weed, and wine along California’s mighty Eel River. Stay after the film for a Q&A with filmmakers Shane Anderson and Jason Hartwick and CalTrout’s North Coast Regional Director, Darren Mierau.

Don’t miss seeing this film as it tours California. Watch the trailer.

Tickets are $15, purchase online here. All proceeds will go toward further distribution of the film, raising awareness of the Eel River’s past and present challenges and hopes for the future.

Please print your event confirmation e-mail from California Trout and bring with you to the theater as your ticket.
Or show the e-mail on your phone there.
Doors open at 6:45 pm

Raising Arizona vs. Face/Off

Raising Arizona and Faceoff double feature

Friday, January 26

Join the Eureka Theater for the ultimate Cage match:

Raising Arizona: If ex-con Nic is your favorite Cage, buckle up for the 1987 Coen Brothers comedy Raising Arizona, in which our mercurial hero’s sleepy-eyed mugshot pose wins the heart of a police officer played by Holly Hunter. The baby bump in the road comes when they can’t conceive and decide to nab one of a set of quintuplets. Between sticking up stores for diapers, evading a Mad Max-esque baby retriever and coping with old friends who’ve recently broken out of prison, well, it ain’t Ozzie and Harriet.

Face/Off: Prefer wild-eyed, cackling Cage? Do a double take when he stars opposite John Travolta in John Woo’s over-the-top 1997 action film Face/Off. It’s both a masterpiece and totally nuts. In it, a notorious terrorist switches faces with the FBI agent on his trail. Don’t worry about how, just dig the classic Woo chases, double-fisted shootouts, Mexican stand-offs and doves. And enjoy the trippy experience of watching Travolta play Cage and Cage play Travolta, while peak ‘90s Gina Gershon and Joan Allen play their puzzled partners.

Generously sponsored by Carson Park Design.
$8.00 for both movies.
Doors open at 6:30
Raising Arizona
8:45 Face/Off

It’s a Wonderful Life (on the big screen!)

It's a Wonderful Life

Sponsored by Annex 39

Doors open at 6:30, showtime at 7:00.
Admission is $5.00 all ages.

You’ve probably only seen this great film or on lousy Public Domain home video, erase that experience from your mind. The beauty, the humor, and the power of this classic can only be appreciated as it was originally intended—on the big screen, sitting side-by-side with friends, family, neighbors, and strangers alike. Join us at the Eureka Theater for this special holiday screening, and help us celebrate being a part of this, well, wonderful community.

In addition to our regular fare, Tom & Jerrys and other warm beverages will be available. Santa hats and holiday sweaters encouraged (ugly, beautiful, silly, sedate, all are welcome–who are we to judge?)

Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club

Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club

Sponsored by Slice of Humboldt Pie

Post-Thanksgiving ‘80s Double Feature:

Black Friday, November 24, 2017
Doors 5:00 PM
Showtime 6:00 PM (Pretty) & 8:15 (Breakfast)

It was a simpler time, and Molly Ringwald was our queen. For one night only, the ’80s are back! Break out your skinny ties, your legwarmers, parachute pants, Members Only jackets, and lots and lots of hair product–the Eureka Theater and Slice of Humboldt Pie are proud to present a Black Friday double feature of two classics from the Ringvaldian oeuvre. It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving–show up early (doors open at 5:00) and bop to some bitchin’ ’80s tunes until showtime (movies start at 6:00). Slice of Humboldt Pie will be offering mini pumpkin and (of course) cherry pies to keep the post-Thanksgiving feast going.

Prizes, you ask? Hell, yes! Come as your favorite character from either movie OR the ’80s in general, and be eligible to win some fabulous booty (oh just stop, you know what we mean). Were you too wasted to remember your actual prom? Photo ops available to help you fill in the blanks.

Tickets are a budget-friendly $8.00 for both movies. Just do it—if not for yourself, then for the brain… and the athlete… the basket case… the princess… and the criminal inside all of us.

Pretty in Pink: 1986 | Rated PG-13 | 96 min.
The Breakfast Club: 1985 | Rated R | 97 min.

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.

Duckie and IonaDouble Feature: Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink

Dell’Arte The Snow Queen

Dell’Arte The Snow Queen
Dell’Arte International’s 37th Annual Holiday Touring Show
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
December 2nd 7:30

The Eureka Theater is proud to host the Dell’Arte holiday touring show once again! The Dell’Arte Company’s annual holiday show tour, now in its 37th year, ushers in the festive season with an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the timeless tale of a child’s spirit triumphing over impending darkness. Keeping with tradition, admission for this performance is free thanks to the generous support of local schools, Wildberries Marketplace, Stephany Joy of Re/Max Humboldt Realty, Pierson Building Center, Coast Central Credit Union and Ramone’s Bakery and Cafe. The audience is asked to contribute non-perishable food items, which the cast collects and donates to local food banks in collaboration with local non-profit, Food for People.

When a magical mirror shatters and two pieces fall into the heart and eye of young Kai, his friend Gerda must embark on a journey of a lifetime to set things right and eventually embrace the power within her. The Snow Queen is an enthralling holiday spectacle for the whole family and features an assortment of magical characters, which include a trio of bumbling trolls, a talking tree and a flying reindeer.

The Dell’Arte Company’s adaptation of The Snow Queen is directed by Dell’Arte’s Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields and is a bold re-telling of the classic holiday tale that comprises of original music and robust physical storytelling created and performed by this year’s international cast. Featured are: Matilda Lindström from Finland, Gaia Mencagli from Denmark and Gaby Haught, Eric Jones, Natashia Marshall, Chase Perkins, Fay Steddum and Jacob Timmons from the US.

Free Tickets will be available at Pierson’s Building Center, Wildberries Marketplace, and Coast Central Credit Union in McKinleyville.
More information can be found at
Phone Dell’Arte at (707) 668-5663.
Please email Tushar Mathew at if you require further information.