Gulliver’s Travels (1939)

Gulliver's Travels (1939)Eureka Theater 81st Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, March 7

Another year under the theater’s belt—Come celebrate with us and watch this fantastic classic from 1939.

In this animated tale, seaman Lemuel Gulliver (Sam Parker) is the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the distant land of Lilliput, whose people are no bigger than peanuts. Unaware of Gulliver lying on the beach, King Little arranges for the marriage of his daughter, Princess Glory (Jessica Dragonette), to Prince David (Lanny Ross), the son of neighboring King Bombo. Angered when King Little refuses to agree on the wedding song, Bombo declares war just as the villagers discover the giant Gulliver.

Gulliver's Travels 1939 model sheet

Fleischer Studios model sheet

Don’t miss this Technicolor feature film (produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer). This was the second animated feature length film in the world (following Snow White by Disney in 1937).

Doors open 6:00 | Show 6:30


The Women 1939

The Women 1939

Eureka Theater 81st Anniversary Celebration
Friday, March 6

Another year under the theater’s belt—81 glorious years of bringing life to the big screen in downtown Eureka. Come celebrate with us and watch this classic from 1939.

Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) can’t believe her husband’s having an affair with salesgirl Crystal (Joan Crawford). But when Sylvia (Rosalind Russell) and Edith (Phyllis Povah) deliver the gossip firsthand, Mary heads to Reno for a divorce. En route she meets Countess de Lave (Mary Boland) and Miriam (Paulette Goddard), who coincidentally is having an affair with Sylvia’s husband. Once in Reno, the Countess finds another beau, Sylvia shows up for a divorce and Mary plots to win back her man.

Doors open 7:00 | Show at 7:30

Don’t forget to come Saturday for another 1939 classic, Gulliver’s Travels, for another day of celebrating the theater’s birthday.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Friday, February 28

A deadpan tour-de-force

“[Bill Murray’s] performance is a triumph of comic minimalism. Like Gene Hackman’s Royal Tenenbaum, Mr. Murray’s Steve Zissou is a flawed, solipsistic patriarch, though his defining emotion is not intemperate anger but a vague, wistful tristesse. His doughy face fringed by a grizzled Ernest Hemingway beard and topped by a red watch cap, Mr. Murray turns tiny gestures and sly, off-beat line readings into a deadpan tour-de-force, at once utterly ridiculous and curiously touching.”
—A. O. Scott, New York Times

Doors open 7:00 | Film 7:30

Generously sponsored by Shipwreck

Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Saturday, February 22

This Oscar-winning, CinemaScope adaptation of Jules Verne’s underwater adventure returns to the big screen in honor of the passing of Kirk Douglas.
This film was a critical and commercial success, being especially remembered for the fight with a giant squid, and James Mason’s performance as the charismatic anti-hero Captain Nemo. It won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects. Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late.
Kirk Douglas,  Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre and James Mason
Doors 6:00 | Film 6:30

2020 Red Carpet Gala!

Red Carpet Academy Awards GalaSunday, February 9 | 4:30– 9:00

The 7th annual Red Carpet Gala begins with a walk on the red carpet at 4:30 and moves into the lobby of the Art Deco Eureka Theater where guests mingle and schmooze with fellow movie fans, sampling delicious hors d’oeuvres, and enjoying fabulous cocktails and champagne from the no-host bar, while enjoying music from local favorite Michael Dayvid. ABC’s live telecast of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards will begin at 5:00, projected on the big screen in the theater’s auditorium. During commercial breaks the Film Commission’s local Film-Friendly awards will be given out, accompanied by videos, and music RLA Trio. The local portion of the show will be hosted by Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine and KAEF’s Nazy Javid.

VIP tables available for $300 (seats six) and $350 for a table seating eight. Includes tickets, priority entry, 2 bottles of champagne, plated appetizers, and table service. Tables are limited.

Don’t miss out on Humboldt’s best Oscar party—call the babysitter, dress to the nines, and show your support for the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the restoration of the historic Eureka Theater!

Advance tickets $25 | At the door will be $30
Available at Annex 39 Antiques, next door to the Eureka Theater.
Available online from Brown Paper Tickets.

Hosted by Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and Eureka Theater
The event is generously sponsored by
Fly HumboldtRREDC

Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day 1993

Friday, January 31

A cynical TV weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. His predicament drives him to distraction, until he sees a way of turning the situation to his advantage. Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott co-star.
Director: Harold Ramis

Tickets $6
Doors open 7:00 | Movie starts 7:30

Generously Sponsored by

Cairns Architecture



Friday, January 24

It’s the 40th anniversary of the epic film Airplane!
Don’t miss this hilarious spoof on aviation disaster movies starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Unabashedly juvenile and zany, Airplane! nevertheless is an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day—see how many of the classic lines you know or have heard (and didn’t know that they came from the film).

Airplane! scored an amazing 97% on the Tomatometer, and 89% on the Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Contests and giveaways!

Doors open 7:00 | Movie starts 7:30

Generously sponsored by:
Fly Humboldt


The Big Chill

The Big Chill

Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise is sponsoring this free screening of The Big Chill

Friday, January 17

Rotary Mixer and free community event
We invite Rotarians and friends from McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and Ferndale.

“The Big Chill captures a generation’s growing ennui with a terrific cast, a handful of perceptive insights, and one of the decade’s best film soundtracks.”

Free admission!
Doors open 6:00 | Film starts 7:00

Generously sponsored by:
Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise

It’s a Wonderful Life: Sunday family matinee

It's a Wonderful Life

Sunday, December 22

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.

Admission $6.00 all ages
Doors open 1:30 | Showtime 2:00

Generously sponsored by:
Compass Community Credit Union

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Thursday, December 19

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

In addition to our regular fare, Tom & Jerrys and other warm beverages will be available.
Santa hats and holiday sweaters encouraged.

Admission is $6.00 all ages.
Doors open 7:00 | showtime 7:30

Generously Sponsored by:
Annex 30 vintage goods and furniture

Douk: Humboldt premiere screening

Douk: Humboldt screening

Access Humboldt & Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission present Douk, a period drama that takes place in the early 1900s. It tells the story of a young Native girl, Irene, who deals with a difficult reality of her and her sister being taken away from their family, sent to boarding schools, and forced to forget their heritage.
See the Douk Facebook page.

Saturday, December 14

7pm screening, Q&A with film crew to follow
Starring: Joyce Hernandez, Destiny Lewis, Justin Rain, Roseanne Supernault and J. David Hinze
Written and directed By Michelle Hernandez
Produced by Courtney Brooks and Carolyn Silvernail

Tickets $6.00, available at:
Access Humboldt
Ink People Center for the Arts
Online at

Dell’Arte 2019 Holiday Show:
Return to Oz

Return to Oz: Dell' Arte
Saturday, December 7

The Dell’Arte Company’s annual holiday show tour returns for its 39th year, ushering in the festive season with “Return to Oz,” an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s original World of Oz trilogy.

A few years after her first visit, Dorothy returns to Oz to discover that the land she loves is in ruins. She must harness her wits, courage, and the power of imagination to thwart the unstoppable Nome King, who now wears the “red ruby slippers.”

Accompanied by her old friend the Scarecrow and Billina, a sassy chicken, the friends embark on an adventure to save the Tin Man, the Lion and all that is beautiful in Oz…before it is too late. This is a timeless tale of friendship, adventure and personal empowerment.

“Return to Oz” is directed by its Producing Artistic Director Michael Fields and performed by an international cast of performers. It includes our trademark physical performance style as well as original music.

Bring a canned food donation for Food for People!


Dell' Arte International

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard, Bruce Willis 1988
Friday, November 29

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. The good leftovers have been polished off, the relatives have fled, and a month of arguing about “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” stretches ahead of you. You feel the need for…a little payback. Kick off the Christmas season with our Black Friday screening of the original Die Hard, and let the not-yet-bald John McClane remind us of the true meaning of Christmas–high-octane action and smart-ass wisecracks.

Generously sponsored by:
Compass Community Credit Union

Wear an Xmas sweater
Tasteless Xmas sweater

Drop the kids at Grandma’s, don your favorite Christmas sweater (ugly, beautiful, who are we to judge?), and come on down for an adult beverage (over 21, of course, so bring I.D.), some popcorn and some hot Willis-on-Rickman action!

Admission is $6.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Movie starts 7:30

Whip It (2009)

Whip It (2009)
Friday, November 22

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) lives in small-town Texas and yearns to break free of her mother’s (Marcia Gay Harden) world of beauty pageants and conformity. She sees her chance when she meets the Hurl Scouts, a roller-derby team. She tries out for the team and wins a slot, lying to her parents about her new hobby. Bliss finds friendship and freedom with her teammates, but a conflict between a championship game and the Bluebonnet beauty pageant threatens to spill her secret.

The film also stars director Drew Barrymore, Alia Shawkat, Daniel Stern, Carlo Alban, Landon Pigg, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Zoë Bell, Eve, Andrew Wilson, Juliette Lewis, and Ari Graynor.

Generously sponsored by:
Humboldt Roller Derby

Admission is $6.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30

Veterans Day showing: Red Tails

Red TailsBring new toy for Toys for Tots: See Red Tails Free

Monday, November 11

We are proud to partner with Toys For Tots, and present a special Veterans Day screening of Red Tails (2012), the amazing story of the Tuskegee airmen, the African-American servicemen who served in the segregated United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Directed by Anthony Hemingway, with Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Leslie Odom Jr., Andre Royo and Michael B. Jordan. Check out the preview.

Admission is free with a new toy donation for Toys For Tots.
In addition to our regular concessions (popcorn, candy, soft drinks), beer & wine will be available (over 21, must show ID).
Doors open 7:00 | Starts 7:30

Robo-Cat Presents Horror Theater: Homicidal (1961)

Homicidal (1961)The Great Razooly returns to host this Horror Theater showing of the William Castle classic Homicidal. Shocks! Scares! And a host of prizes await you!

Friday, October 25

Tickets $6.00 | Screams begin at 7:30
Join us won’t you?

Sponsored by:

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Halloween Screening!

Rocky Horror Picture Show (original poster)

Dark and stormy night? Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab when the 1975 cult classic of all cult classics returns to the big screen: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, accompanied by a live shadow cast!

Tim Curry stars as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, tempting and tormenting innocent newlyweds Janet and Brad (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) in a singing, dancing, Time Warping, cannibalistic romp.

If you’re a devotee, you know the drill: Pull on your fishnets and get ready to be part of the show. And if you’re a Rocky virgin? Don’t worry, we can make you a man. (Or whatever.) Just don’t be late — the master doesn’t like to be kept waiting.

More details coming soon! Stay tuned…
1975 | 100 min. | Rated R

Thursday, October 31

Doors open 7:00 | show begins 7:30

Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and snacks available at the concession stand. Cocktails, beer and wine available for 21+ (ID required).

Generously sponsored by:
The Humboldt Bay Social Club

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)

Blade Runner the Final Cut

Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel about rogue androids set a new standard for sci-fi and brought back the grit, dread and style of film noir. In acid rain-soaked Los Angeles (in November 2019!), a retired cop (a battered Harrison Ford) hunts down a squad of escaped replicants — sentient androids — who are trying to add some time to their battery lives. The late, great Rutger Hauer, who passed away earlier this year, wrings sympathy for the devil from his role as the wild-eyed replicant leader, while Sean Young smolders in full femme-fatale mode. And the extra footage of this “Final Cut” changes everything. Anybody who tells you otherwise is probably a replicant.

Generously sponsored by :
Humboldt’s Emerald Appliance

Friday, November 8

Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
$6.00 all ages

Strangebrew & Odd Eats

Saturday, November 9
4:00 – 8:00

Sample an abundance of Strangebrews from our excellent local Craft Breweries and superior home brewers as they compete for Das Boot in a battle of creativity! With a VIP ticket purchase, get access and voting rights to not only all the Strangebrews of the evening but also a limited sampling of Odd Eats brought to you by local restaurants in our first ever Odd Eats Competition.

Beers | Food | Live Music

$35 general admission | $50 VIP (includes food)
$40 and $55 at the door (if available)

Tickets available online.

Food for Thought: Film Premiere

Food for Thought Film Premiere

A Celebration of Local Food and Community Connections

Saturday, September 14

Media producers Jennifer Bell and Jessica Eden invite you to an evening of Humboldt community food stories on the big screen. The Food for Thought Film project focuses on three topics—the local grain movement, coastal foods and farming, and local tuna fishing. In an increasingly mechanized agribusiness world, healthy food production and consumption plays a role in fostering healthy communities and developing a sense of place. This project celebrates the hardworking people who help make Humboldt the very special place we have all come to love.

As Wendell Berry said, “Eating is an agricultural act” and we are all responsible for our choices and the ripple effect of our actions. Through learning the stories of farmers, ranchers and fishermen, we develop a deeper relationship with our community and our food.

We invite you to join us to watch two of our films:
Going With the Grain celebrates the resurgence of the local grain movement.
Coastal Foods: Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability explores Humboldt’s coastal local food movement.

Doors open 6:30
There will be an opportunity to enjoy foods that were created here in Humboldt county.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Ink People logoSponsored by:

The Ink People

Fourth Friday Flix: Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

“An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting…make it an endearing winner.”
—Time Out.

“A major landmark in the evolution of cinematic science fiction, Forbidden Planet is credited with a number of pioneering achievements: the first depiction of ‘light speed,’ the first ‘personable’ robot, the first entirely electronic score, and (perhaps most notably) the first miniskirt on film.”

Friday, September 27

4th Friday Flix

“The film’s story echoes that of The Tempest: a spaceship crew led by well-scrubbed, all-American commander John Adams (Leslie Neilsen) is sent to a distant planet to determine the fate of a 20-year-old expedition. To the crew’s surprise, the only people remaining on the planet are Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his fetching daughter Altaira (Anne Francis). Though Morbius warns Adams of danger, the ship lands and the crew are soon threatened by the mysterious and deadly forces at work on the planet.”
—NW Film Center

1956 | 98 min.
All tickets $6.00
Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30



Set in the Central Valley of California, where dustbowl refugees from Oklahoma and Texas planted the seeds of a brand new form of American music-a form that would eventually breed singer-songwriters Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and others of the “Bakersfield Sound.” Oildale is an homage to this music, to veterans and to the people of small towns everywhere.

Oildale is a story of what family and extended family means, of the effects of war on human beings and of the basic respect and kindness we find ourselves longing for in an age of increasing sarcasm and cynicism.

Saturday September 28

Doors open 6:00 | Show 7:00

50% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Veterans Resource Centers of America to help house and heal our veterans.

Not yet rated. Parental guidance suggested.

$10 all ages
Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets also available at Annex 39 (next to the Eureka Theater)
and at the Eureka Theater box office.


Young Frankenstein (1974)

Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein

“For what we are about to see next, we must enter–quietly–into the realm of genius.”
In 1974, Mel Brooks followed his smash hit Blazing Saddles with his hilarious love letter to the Universal horror pictures of the 1930s and ’40s, Young Frankenstein. Brooks and co-writer/star Gene Wilder brought to life the immortal Dr. Frankenstein and his assistants Igor and Inga, along with the formidable Frau Blucher (cue the horse whinny).

See as it was meant to be seen–on the big screen, in black and white (no offense).

Friday, October 11

Doors open 7:00 | Showtime 7:30
1974 | 106 min. | Rated: PG | Admission $6.00

Generously sponsored by:
Jim & Glow Tomich

The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

The Legend of Boggy CreekBefore The Blair Witch Project, there was The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Shot guerilla-style in the wilds of Arkansas by the late Charles B. Pierce (The Town That Dreaded Sundown), The Legend of Boggy Creek was a low-budget docudrama that became a blockbuster smash hit, and an instant drive-in classic.

Friday, October 18

Restored in HD!
Recently restored by the George Eastman Museum, and making its North Coast premiere for one night only, The Legend of Boggy Creek was inspired by eyewitness reports of a Bigfoot-like creature said to live in the rugged bottomlands near the small town of Fouke, Arkansas.

The “Fouke Monster” or “Boggy Creek Monster” came to the attention of locals who sighted it several times in the 1960s. In May 1971, local newspaper reports of a family attacked by the creature inspired Charles B. Pierce to shoot a movie about this mythic monster. Filmed documentary style, The Legend of Boggy Creek mixes staged interviews of local residents who claim to have encountered the creature with reenactments of the reported encounters.

Boggy Creek was a word-of-mouth phenomenon: without any studio support, it played almost continuously throughout the 1970s—largely on the drive-in circuit—ultimately taking in the then-astronomical sum (for an indie) of $20 million. Years later, Daniel Myrick, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, cited it as a major influence.
1972 | 85 min. | Rated G, incredibly

The Eureka Theater is proud to present the Grandaddy Bigfoot movie of all time, generously sponsored by Northern California’s own Weird Howard video production company, specializing in Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Tickets $6.00 all ages
Doors open 7:00 | Movie begins at 7:30
Beer & wine available (over 21, ID required)