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
Have you voted for your favorite yet?

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!

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca 1940

Alfred Hitcock's "Rebecca"

Summer of Suspense

Friday: August 3rd

A gothic tale shot in black-and-white. Maxim de Winter’s first wife Rebecca, who died before the events of the film, is never seen. Her reputation and recollections of her, however, are a constant presence in the lives of Maxim, his new wife and the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

Rebecca won two Academy Awards, Best Picture and Cinematography, out of a total 11 nominations. Olivier, Fontaine and Anderson also were Oscar-nominated for their respective roles as were Hitchcock and the screenwriters.

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

Bad Cinema: Troll 2 & Samurai Cop

Troll 2 & Samurai Cop

Friday, June 22

In spite of popular demand, Bad Cinema is back! The Eureka Theater and our generous sponsors CityBarberShop and PBS North Coast are deeply ashamed to present the worst in early ’90s entertainment (?) One night. Two terrible movies.

The double feature kicks off with the modern classic TROLL 2. Didn’t see the original TROLL, and afraid you might not be able to follow the storyline? Not to worry–TROLL 2 has literally nothing to do with TROLL 1. In fact–spoiler alert–there are no trolls in TROLL 2. Pro tip: take a selfie before viewing, so you may always remember the last moment you were blissfully unaware of the word “Nilbog.”

Then send the kiddies home–the delicious wretchedness continues with the charming, winning, violence-and-nudity-packed ineptitude of SAMURAI COP, a cinematic abomination that has been described as “an awesome, one-of-a-kind movie that seems like it was made on another planet” (Comeuppance Reviews), and “A movie made by people who mostly had no idea what the f*** they were doing” (1000 Misspent Hours).

Suffice it to say you’ll be thankful for our beer & wine bar. (21+ be prepared to show I.D.)

Tickets are $8.00 for this double feature.
Doors open at 6:30
showtime at 7:00

Bad Cinema

 

PBS North Coast and City Barber Shop

 

Martini Matinee: The Majestic

The Majestic at the Eureka Theater

Sunday, June 24

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!

Rising Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) is blacklisted in the early 1950s Red Scare. Following a drunken car accident, he wakes with amnesia near the small town of Lawson, Calif., where the residents mistake him for Luke Trimble, a local boy declared missing in action during World War II. As Peter helps Luke’s father (Martin Landau) and high school sweetheart (Laurie Holden) reopen the town’s sole movie theater, questions arise about his true identity and motivations.

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!

Doors open at 2:00
showtime 2:30

Martini Matinee

Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip

Friday July 13

“A gift, as if Pryor had come back from the dead to perform in his own one-man memory of himself.”
—Roger Ebert

Richard Pryor’s legendary concert film LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP is one of the great stand-up comedy acts ever filmed: a personal, fierce, and hilarious take on racism, addiction, America, and much more.

Plus: Live Comedy:
Catch this rare theatrical screening, preceded by LIVE comedy sets from local favorites Jessica Grant, Josh Barnes, and Dutch Savage!

Tickets are $10.00 for this jam-packed evening of comedy.

Doors open at 7:00
Showtime at 7:30

 

The Endless Summer

The Endless Summer at Eureka Theater

Friday, July 27

Grab the SPF 50, wax your board and catch vicarious wave after wave in the 1966 ode to surfing The Endless Summer. Narrator, filmmaker and surfer Bruce Brown takes us to the beaches of Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Senegal and Ghana, chasing the sun and surf around the world.

And while its itinerary does put one’s own summer plans in stark relief, the film, shot in 16mm, captures not only the skills of athletes at the top of their game — and enormous, cresting waves — but the culture of surfing as it was.

Generously sponsored by The Banana Hut Hawaiian BBQ. Tickets are $5.00 all ages.

Doors open at 7:30
Starts at 8:00

4th Friday FlixThe Banana Hut

 

The Goonies: Free Screening for Bounty by the Bay”

The Goonies at Eureka Theater
Saturday May 19th

Wrap up the weekend’s Bounty by the Bay Festival with a screening of the classic family-friendly adventure The Goonies!

A band of adventurous kids take on the might of a property developing company which plans to destroy their home to build a country club. When the children discover an old pirate map in the attic, they follow it into an underground cavern in search of lost treasure but come up against plenty of dangerous obstacles along the way.

Sponsored by Eureka Main Street, this screening is free (though donations to the Eureka Theater are welcome).
Doors open 5:00
Showtime: 5:30

Martini Matinee: Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man

Sunday, May 20

2:30–4:30

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!

Jim Jarmusch’s 1995 cult Western film Dead Man stars Johnny Depp in the role of William Blake, an accountant who embarks on a spiritual, violent quest through the American West. The film’s score was composed by Neil Young, improvising on electric guitar as he watched the film.

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!

Next month’s Martini Matinee will be ‘The Majestic’ (2001) starring Jim Carrey

Martini Matinee

 

Bike Nite at the Movies:
I Ride & Hells Angels on Wheels

Bike Nite

Friday, May 25th

And now, we ride.
Our May Fourth Friday Flix is a double dose, brought to you by the MOB of Humboldt–first featuring I RIDE, the documentary about the award-winning Fryed Brothers Band, who have carved out a reputation as the best biker band in the world. Their energetic brand of American roots music is an irresistible stew of country, blues, swing, boogie-woogie, and good old roadhouse rock and roll.
This screening will feature a SPECIAL APPEARANCE by Harry Fryed himself, available for a meet-and-greet before the show, and a live Q&A on stage.
Next, a rare screening of the 1967 biker movie classic HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS, starring a young Jack Nicholson as a gas-station attendant with a bad attitude who finds life more exciting after he is allowed to hang out with a chapter of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club.

Doors Open: 6:15
I RIDE showtime at 7:00
HELL’S ANGEL ON WHEELS: 9:00

Cocktails, beer, and wine available, as well as soft drinks, popcorn and concessions.
Admission is $8.00
Includes both features. This is a 21 and over event.

Fourth Friday Flix: “They Live”

They Live, directed by John Crpenter

 This Friday

John Carpenter’s “They Live”
April 27th 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Another terrifying live installment of Horror Theater, produced by Robo-Cat Productions, and hosted by the inimitable The Great Razooly!
Cocktails available in the lobby, for your nerves.

Tickets are $5.00 all ages.
Doors open at 7:00 PM

4th Friday Flix

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

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

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.

4th Friday Flix

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.

Tickets- 2018redcarpetgala.brownpapertickets.com

For information about the organizers visit www.filmhumboldtdelnorte.org and www.eureka-theater.org For event updates, like the pages: www.facebook.com/filmhumboldtdelnorte and www.facebook.com/theeurekatheater

House of Floyd: the Pink Floyd Concert Experience

House of Floyd — Pink Floyd

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The S.F. Bay Area’s HOUSE OF FLOYD performs the music of Pink Floyd, and has gained a strong following for their unique ability to enthuse both the hard-core fans of the early adventurous Floyd and those who enjoy the songs and soundscapes that later brought them widespread appeal. They capture the essence of each of the various Pink Floyd eras from the formative Syd Barrett days, through the 70’s and the final post-Waters era.

House of Floyd is a 7-piece band that includes 2 bookend multi-instrumentalists that double on saxophone, keyboards and guitar, and 2 excellent female background vocalists. House of Floyd has been performing in concert venues for over 11 years in the U.S. and abroad including a recent month long tour of India.
In the Pink Floyd tradition, a HOUSE OF FLOYD concert incorporates sound effects, screen projection, moving lights & state of the art laser show. The set lists on any given night might be from an actual Pink Floyd concert, or a custom HOUSE OF FLOYD mix.
You may even see a giant inflatable pig!

Tickets available at Wildberries in Arcata, The Works in Eureka, and the Eureka Theater Box Office at Annex 39, 610 F Street, Eureka.