Out of the Past (1947)

Out of the Past 1947 Robert Mitchum and Jane GreerSecond Friday Noir

This Friday October 12th

On the second Friday of every month, come to the Eureka Theater and take comfort in watching men & women in great hats make far worse life choices than your own. Complete the evening with a cocktail from our full bar. Vintage outfits optional, but encouraged–hey, why should they be the only ones to look like a million bucks?

Featuring an ex-private eye (Robert Mitchum) who can’t seem to escape his past, an elegant flashback structure, a doomed hero, a venal gangster (Kirk Douglas) and—of course—Jane Greer playing a femme as fatale as any in cinema, it’s shot by Nicholas Musuraca as if “black is the new black” and boasts an endless stream of quotable, hardboiled dialogue (“Build my gallows high, baby”). Director Jacques Tourneur brings B-movie style and soul to an “A” picture and delivers, perhaps, the archetypal film noir that – like its anti-heroine – is beautiful, seductive and “a little cold around the heart.”

1947 | 97 min.
$5.00 all ages
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater
Doors open 7:30 | Showtime at 8:00 PM.

Mad Max and Apocalyptic Technologies: Lecture & Movie

Mad Max 2 nd Apocalyptic TechnologiesThursday, September 20

7:30 – 10:30 PM

The Eureka Theater presents an evening of “Science on Screen,” in which we pair screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by experts from the world of science and technology.

“Mad Max and Apocalyptic Technologies” will begin with HSU lecturer Lonny Grafman, who will discuss sustainable technologies and the real-world science of how to survive–or maybe even prevent–an apocalypse. This lecture will be followed by a screening of the groundbreaking cult classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981).

Directed by George Miller, The Road Warrior continues the story of Max (Mel Gibson), a loner in a dystopian wasteland where survival relies on scavenging and killing for Earth’s scarce resources. When he stumbles upon a small community in trouble, Max agrees to help them. But he’s just there for the gasoline.

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.

$5—Doors open at 7:00 | Lecture 7:30 | Movie 8:30.

Monstro Fest-o-Rama: Kaiju-palooza! 怪獣

Monstro Fest-o-Rama: Kaiju-palooza!

Friday–Sunday October 5–7

Kaijū (怪獣 kaijū) (from Japanese “strange beast”): a Japanese film genre that features giant monsters, usually attacking major cities and engaging the military and other monsters in battle. Three days, eight city-stompin’ bystander-chompin’ kaiju movies!

FRIDAY: The Eureka Theater’s 3-day Kaiju-palooza begins with the two granddaddies of them all, KING KONG (1933) and GODZILLA (aka GOJIRA) (1954)! Both are touching stories of small-island monsters who come to the big city and reach the top. From Skull Island to the Empire State Building, from Odo Island to Tokyo Tower, these two overachievers set the tone for decades of city-stompin’ mayhem.

Note: we will be screening the original Japanese version of GODZILLA, subtitled in English.

Doors open at 6:30, showtime at 7:00 for King Kong, approximately 9:00 for Godzilla. Tickets for the double feature are $10 all ages. Three-day festival passes (good for all 8 movies) also available at the door for $30.

SATURDAY: Kaiju-palooza continues with a monster-sized quadruple-feature, showcasing 55 years of Toho Studios’ monster mayhem.

MOTHRA (1961): Not gonna lie, folks, this one gets weird. Kaiju isn’t all about the big lizard–sometimes it involves miniature twin women, vampire plants, unscrupulous entertainment promoters, and the soul-obliterating terror that can only come from, um, a giant moth. Dubbed in English.

GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (2001): You want monsters? We’ll show ya monsters. GMKG has the big title three duking it out in, well, an all-out attack. Monster Baragon rounds out the cast. Dubbed in English.

GODZILLA 2000: No, this is not, repeat NOT the Matthew Broderick American abomination. It is 100% Japanese goodness. Well, except for the English dubbing, which frankly is what elevates this movie to greatness. Sharp-eared pop culture fans will recognize references from Dr. Strangelove to Superman.

SHIN GODZILLA (2016): a brilliant reboot of the Godzilla franchise. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki pervaded the original 1954 film, the Fukushima disaster pervades this latest Toho offering, darker and more serious in tone than any of its predecessors. But never fear, kaiju fans–there is plenty of awesome Godzilla mayhem. Japanese audio, subtitled in English.

Doors open Saturday at 1:30, showtimes at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 PM, respectively. Tickets for the Saturday quadruple feature are $20 all ages (half-day tickets available for $10). Three-day festival passes (good for all 8 movies) also available at the door for $30.

SUNDAY: Kaiju-palooza concludes with two worthy American kaiju offerings: 2008’s CLOVERFIELD, a found-footage modern classic from producer J. J. Abrams; and 2013’s PACIFIC RIM, which contains 70% more awesome than leading brands. Ron Perlman as a kaiju-organ black marketeer, direction by Guillermo del Toro, plus giant monsters from an interdimensional hell–seriously, what more do you want? Idris Elba, you say? Done.

Doors open Sunday at 1:30, showtime at 2:00 for Cloverfield, 4:00 for Pacific Rim. Tickets for the double feature are $10 all ages.

Cruz’n Eureka presents: The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brotehrs

Friday, September 7

The Eureka Theater is proud to partner with the 25th annual Cruz’n Eureka Car Show event, which features 3 days of classic car-related activities, and right smack-dab in the middle is a special, one-night-only screening of The Blues Brothers on the big Eureka Theater screen!

Car crashes, Carrie Fisher wielding bazookas, flame-throwers, bombs, and machine guns, Illinois Nazis and rowdy country music,  musical numbers by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, and James Brown.

All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods and the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater.

1980 | 133 min. | Rated R

Doors open 6:30 | showtime 7:30

PBS “Great American Read” Premiere

PBS Great American Read

Tuesday, September 11

6:00 – 8:00 PM

PBS North Coast and the Eureka Theater are proud to present this free sneak preview screening of the first Great American Read series episode “Who Am I?” The show explores the ways that American’s best-loved novels answer that question. From life lessons to spiritual journeys, books help us understand our identities. Come and tell us why you love to read – plus we’ll be raffling off prizes – the raffle tickets are free! Doors open at 6 if you want to share your love of reading with Katie Whiteside.

Showtime: 7:00 pm
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Second Friday Noir: The Big Sleep (1946)

Bogart/Bacall in the Big Sleep

Friday, September 14

8:00 – 10:30 PM

Sometimes the only things that make any sense are dangerous dames, the poor saps that fall for them, and the hard-boiled gumshoes that roam the dark streets of Film Noir. This classic Bogart/Bacall vehicle directed by Howard Hawks, based on Raymond Chandler’s first novel. The convoluted tale finds Marlowe working for a wealthy patriarch whose beautiful daughters are caught up in a web of blackmail, pornography and murder.
1946 | 114 min.

Generously sponsored by
Annex 30 vintage goods and furniture

Tickets $5.00 all ages.
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater.
Doors open: 7:30 | showtime: 8:00 PM

Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder 1954

Summer of Suspense

Friday: August 17th

In 1953 Alfred Hitchcock saw a need to go back to his safe space of murderous thrillers, he opted to adapt a stage play that had already proved to be a hit on British television. Dial M for Murder would ultimately become one of Hitchcock’s best-known—and best-loved—classics.

Doors open at 7:30 | Showtime at 8:00
$5 all ages!

Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound 1945

Alfred Hitchcock Spellbound 1945

Summer of Suspense

Friday: August 10th

Spellbound is a 1945 American film noir psychological mystery thriller. The new head of a mental asylum turns out not to be what he claims. Stars Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov and Leo G. Carroll.

Doors open at 7:30 | Showtime at 8:00
$5 all ages!

Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief 1955

Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief"

This Friday: August 24th

A 1955 American romantic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel To Catch a Thief by David Dodge. Stars Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who has to save his reformed reputation by catching an imposter preying on the wealthy tourists of the French Riviera. Grace Kelly stars opposite him as his romantic interest in her final film with Hitchcock.

Sponsored by:

Coast Central Credit Union

Doors open at 7:30 | Showtime at 8:00
$5 all ages!