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