Science on Screen:
Avengers Infinity War & Marvelous Nanoscience

Thursday, January 17

Science on Screen is back! The historic Eureka Theater will host a “Science on Screen” series January through June in 2019, pairing feature films with experts in the fields of science, tech, engineering, and mathematics. This is made possible thanks to a grant from The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

“Marvel-ous Nanoscience” will begin with HSU lecturer Frank Cappuccio.
Lecture will be followed by screening of the Marvel Cinematic Universe epic, “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Tickets $5.
Doors open 6:30 | Lecture 7:00, | Movie  8:00

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Across the 8th Dimension

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Friday, January 25

Describing the appeal of this quirky-but-awesome sleeper from 1984 is like Louis Armstrong being asked to define Swing: “Man, if you have to ask, you’ll never know.”

Briefly, Buckaroo Banzai is the brilliant neurosurgeon / particle physicist/test pilot/rock star/comic-book-hero who, along with his crack team, the hard-rocking Hong Kong Cavaliers, seeks to defeat an interdimensional invasion from the evil Red Lectroids from Planet 10. You know, just trust us. It’s awesome.

Starring Peter Weller, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Clancy Brown, Carl Lumbly, and Billy Vera.

Generously sponsored by Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems.
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater.

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

Laura (1944)

Friday Night Noir: Laura (1944)Friday Night NoirFebruary 8

Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder of the beautiful, young advertising executive Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), who was found shot in the face in her apartment.

Through McPherson’s investigative interviewing with the likes of popular columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), on whose coattail Laura appears to ride in her professional and social rise, and her fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), a playboy socialite, he pieces together her story.

Slowly his intrigue turns to a peculiar infatuation, if not a love for a woman he has never met.

(1944 / b&w / 88 min.)

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

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy 1989

Presented by the Area 1 Agency on Aging

2:00 Sunday, February 10

In the award-winning 1989 film, the character of Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) feels vulnerable, anxious, and frustrated because she needs transportation and is unable to drive herself. By driving her to the Piggly Wiggly store and elsewhere, the character of Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman) performs an invaluable service for her, one that is needed by an increasing number of seniors in Humboldt County.

The Area 1 Agency on Aging (A1AA) has a program that provides free rides to medical appointments and the grocery store for those 50 and over. When there are enough volunteer drivers, this important service can provide rides from as far north as Trinidad, as far south as Scotia, and as far east as Blue Lake. To celebrate these valuable volunteers, and to inspire new drivers, A1AA is collaborating with the Eureka Theater for a matinee showing.

$5.00 all ages
Current volunteer drivers with the program get in free.
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater.
Doors open 1:30 | showtime 2:00
1989 | Rated PG | 100 min.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before ChristmasFinished fighting the Black Friday shopping crowds, or just wanting to avoid the nightmare altogether? Desperate to get out of the house after an entire day centered around the gastronomic preparation of Meleagris gallopavo? Missing Halloween, but also can’t wait for Christmas?

Friday November 23rd

What better way to mark the midway point between your two favorite holidays than with the movie that embraces them both? Tim Burton’s classic The Nightmare Before Christmas returns for a one-night-only screening, scheduled early to get you home in time for yummy Turkey Day leftovers.

Tickets $5.00 all ages
Doors open 4:00 | Showtime 4:30

Around the World in 80 Days

Dell’Arte: Around the World in 80 Days

Dell’Arte Annual Holiday Show

8 December 7:30

Adapted by Dell’Arte from Jules Verne
Dell’Arte International’s annual holiday show tour, now in its 38th year, ushers in the festive season with an adaptation of the timeless tale of friendship, adventure, and attempting the impossible. Keeping with tradition, admissions for most performances are free thanks to the generous support of local schools, the California Arts Council, Pierson Building Center, Coast Central Credit Union, Stephany Joy of Re/Max Humboldt Realty, Almquist Lumber; as well as, The James Irvine Foundation. 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.

How big is the world? Or should we ask, how small? In a time before the airplane, Phileas Fogg and his right-hand man set out to prove it’s possible to travel around the world in 80 days. By train, sea, and whatever forms of travel they can find, their adventures reveal the richness of new places and diverse peoples. But the race against time is a hard one to win, and the two travelers will need all the help they can get along the way. Will they make their journey in time, or will they fail in their attempt?

Dell’Arte’s adaptation is directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields is a robust physical storytelling created and performed by this year’s international cast. Featured are: Alfredo Romero from Mexico, Idit Kischinovsky from Israel and Melanie Schauwecker, Jesse March, Cleo DeOrio, Evan Grande, Kathryn Cesarz and Jordan Rosin from the US.

Check the Dell’Arte website for other times and venues for this epic show!

Please bring a canned food item for donation.
Food for People logo

Lady in the Lake (1946)

The Lady in the Lake 1947

You accept an invitation to a blonde’s apartment! You get socked in the jaw by a murder suspect!”

Friday Night Noir: December 14

Actor Robert Montgomery, who also stars, made his directorial debut with this one-of-a-kind noir, shot almost entirely from the first-person perspective of private eye Philip Marlowe, who is glimpsed only in mirrors (and in occasional direct addresses to the audience).

Adapted from the Raymond Chandler novel, Lady in the Lake has Marlowe drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue when he’s hired at Christmastime to find the missing wife of a wealthy magnate.

Great snappy dialogue, oddball and tough-guy characters, and complicated plot twists complement the weird variation on the always-off-kilter noir universe.

(1946 / b&w / 105 min.)

Generously sponsored by Toni Farrar

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

It’s a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Thursday, December 20

If you’ve never seen this movie, forget what you’ve heard about it. If you’ve only seen it on the small screen, either on broadcast TV with commercial interruptions 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?).

Generously sponsored by:
Annex 30 vintage goods and furniture

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

Humboldt Burlesque Festival 2018

Humboldt Burlesque Festival 2018Friday Nov 2

Welcome to the 5th annual Humboldt Burlesque Festival! Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens are proud to bring you the best in burlesque behind the redwood curtain being held at the historic Eureka Theater. This year we have some of the best local and out of town talent ready to give you not one, but two nights of incredible burlesque performances!

Both nights will be Emcee’d by the 2017 Humboldt Burlesque Festival Princess, and Bay Area’s gender-bending glam-bear Queen Foxxy Blue Orchid!

Join us Friday night for the Mx. Humboldt Burlesque competition. Get ready to watch these amazing performers give their all in front of you and our special guest judges in the hopes of taking home the crown, and bragging rights of being crowned Mx Humboldt 2018!! With a special step down performance by our 2017 HBF Queen Egypt Blaqueknyle!

Please join us again on Saturday night for the big Showcase evening! A night full of some of the best of what burlesque has to offer. We really have a little something for everyone! Local and out of town performers will be gracing the stage all night with acts that will leave you on the edge of your seats! Featuring special performances by HBF’s 2017 Queen Egypt Blaqueknyle and our headliner Frankie Fictitious!

Friday: Doors open at 7:00 | Show begins at 8:00

Saturday Doors open at 7:00 | Show begins at 8:00

General seating is first come first serve. Get there early if you want to get a seat closer to the action!
Tickets can be purchased at Sangha Tattoo Studio, Good Relations, Annex 39, and online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Show nights are a 21+ event.

Strangebrew Beerfest 11

Strangebrew 2018

Saturday, November 10

Much like the previous 10 years, we want to encourage brewers, and their talents, to be the focal-point of our event. This is exactly what has made Strangebrew Beerfest such a success, and we all look forward to many years of giving props to the local brewers and breweries!
Check out special brews from Humboldt Cider Co., Mad River Brewing, Six Rivers Brewing, Eel River Brewing, Redwood Curtain Brewing, The Booth Brewing, Founders Brewing and the Humboldt Homebrewers.

Judging this year will remain as people’s choice.

Homebrewers will be making an appearance in the lobby. And back by popular demand!: Southside Mike will be offering up some serious BBQ just outside the theater (blocking off the sidewalk, and using the outer lobby). We will also be welcoming Sy of Humboldt Hotdogs to assist in keeping bellies full this year.

6 PM –10 PM
Tickets $35

Live music and classic cover contest courtesy of:
KWPT the Point
We will also be celebrating the The Point’s 12th birthday! Be sure to vote for your favorite cover bands to ensure they play the night of Strangebrew!

Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity film noirFriday Night Noir
November 16th

Pretty much the gold standard of noir. Directed by Billy Wilder, adapted by Raymond Chandler from James M. Cain’s hard-boiled novel, and starring noir goddess Barbara Stanwyck as the most fatale of femmes and Fred MacMurray as the amoral sap that falls for her…in more ways than one.

Insurance salesman Walter Neff begins an affair with Phyllis Dietrichson, and the two plot to murder her husband and benefit from an accident insurance policy. The police accept the determination of the husband’s accidental death. But Walter’s best friend and boss (Edward G. Robinson) doesn’t, and suspects that Phyllis murdered her husband with the help of another man.

Generously sponsored by:

Shaw & Petersen Insurance Inc.

(1944 / b&w / 107 min.)
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Eureka Theater
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime at 7:30
$5.00 all ages

Robo-Cat’s Horror Theater Presents:
The Last Man On Earth (1964)

This Friday, October 26

The Great Razooly returns to the stage of the Eureka Theater in Robo-Cat Productions Horror Theater. This time the dastardly one presents a showing of the chilling 1964 classic Last Man On Earth starring Vincent Price.
Prizes, scares and cool retro atmosphere!

Sponsored by:

$5.00 at the door!
Doors Open 7:00 | Show 7:30

Leftovers
Seniors Struggling with Hunger

Leftovers, senior food insecurity

Free community film screening

Saturday Oct 20th, 3:00

1 in 6 seniors struggle with hunger in the United States. California has more hungry seniors than any other state. What policies and institutions perpetuate senior poverty, and what reforms will ensure that our elders get the healthy food they need?

In this independently produced film, photographer Seth Hancock, who rarely thought about getting old or food insecurity, until he was asked to make a documentary about senior hunger and the treatment of senior citizens in America.

Film will be followed by a community discussion with the film’s creator and local individuals sharing their experiences working to reduce senior hunger. For additional information contact Heidi McHugh, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator at Food for People at (707) 445-3166 ext. 308 or hmchugh@foodforpeople.org.

Doors open: 2:30 | Film  3:00 (concession stands will be open)
Free
Sponsored by:

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