Dennis Hopper tribute at the Roxie


Here’s the deal:

Come see the theatrical release of Commercial inflatable water slides for sale ALONG FOR THE RIDE, the new documentary about Hollywood maverick, Dennis Hopper, accompanied by: BLUE VELVET and TRUE ROMANCE, a pair of classics that feature some of Hopper’s most famous, and perhaps greatest, performances; Michael Almereyda’s short A HERO OF OUR TIME, a rarely screened gem in which Hopper starred during a break in the filming of Blue Velvet; Hopper’s punk masterpiece, OUT OF THE BLUE; and a program of shorts by his longtime friend, collaborator, and influence — artist and experimental filmmaker, BRUCE CONNER. If you don’t fall deeply in love with Hopper throughout this, it is because you were already hooked. Show up early and enjoy a Roxie-produced Hopper-clips show!

Get tix!

Tales of the Obsessed, all month long at the New Mission


All this month, in order to prime audiences for the opening of Ingrid Goes West on the 18th, Alamo Drafthouse is showing a series of classic movies about obsession. Such as Single White Female (pictured).

Here’s the full Tales of the Obsessed lineup at the New Mission here in SF:

8/2 – Weird Wednesday: THE BEAVER TRILOGY, 9:30pm (filmmaker Trent Harris in person!)
8/9 – CHUCK & BUCK, 7pm
8/9 – Weird Wednesday: SNAKES, 9:40pm
8/14 – THREE WOMEN, 10:15pm
8/15 – Terror Tuesday: NIGHT WARNING, 10pm
8/16 – THE CABLE GUY, 7pm
8/21 – TO DIE FOR, 10pm

Get your tickets (and read more about this special event) here. (King of Comedy is that Scorsese movie you’ve never seen, Three Women is that Altman movie you’ve never seen, etc., etc.)

Ingrid Goes West btw was great. We saw a sneak preview last week and I say it’s an instant classic, definitely worthy of a month of special programming to celebrate its release. Read all about it and get tickets here.

“A vital, primal scuzz blast from the Mission District’s past!”


Monday night only at the Alamo. Here’s the rest of the very intriguing blurb:

Thirty minutes of chains, bats, guns, blood, drugs, gangsters, rollergirls, and an original soundtrack from post-punk/industrial legend Patrick Miller of Minimal Man. The story of the making of RACKTOWN, USA has to be heard to be believed – and lucky enough, we’ll have the guys who made it on hand to reminsice about shooting in grindhouses, bribing cops, and other things we can’t even mention here! We said they bribed cops and there’s STILL stuff we can’t mention in writing! Don’t miss this!

Get tickets here.

The Tenderloin was the first gay neighborhood in San Francisco


And this Thursday night, the Tenderloin Museum is hosting a double feature at the Roxie (in the Mission) all about it:

On March 9th, 2017, Tenderloin Museum will host a double feature screening of Gay San Francisco (1965-1970, 30 mins) by Jonathan Raymond, and Meat Rack by Michael Thomas (1970, 70 mins) at the Roxie Theater. Gay San Francisco is a previously lost documentary, and Meat Rack is an underground film with a modern arthouse cult following. Both films depict the early queer movements in the Tenderloin, unveiling the district as the first gay neighborhood in San Francisco. Meat Rack director Michael Thomas in attendance!

More info plus invite your friends and get tickets here!

Roxie Theater marquee enamel pin (proceeds benefit the Roxie)

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A splendid holiday gift for the Missionite cinephile in your life. Available at the Roxie or via their website here.

(Made with help from the folks at PSA Press, makers of many other SF-themed enamel pins including a New Mission Theater marquee, some It’s-Its, the “Electric Skateboarding Is A Crime” pin, a very creepy Zodiac Killer, the classic Jimmy the Cornman, and a Doggie Diner head.)

(Also the “San Francisco Pin & Patch Pop-Up” is this Saturday afternoon at Mission Comics.)


Goonies in the park this Saturday night!

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Film Night in the Park 2016 presents Goonies in Dolores Park this Saturday night right after the sun goes down! Here’s a blurb about Film Night:

Film Night in the Park is San Francisco’s premiere outdoor film series. Over 125,000 people have attended Film Night in San Francisco since 2003. Films are presented free of charge on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings. Attendees are encouraged to picnic before screenings and are discouraged from bringing chairs.

Check the rest of the schedule here.

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‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Skatetown USA’ this week at the Alamo


In addition to screening big blockbusters like Finding Dory and indie darlings like the Lobster, our new neighborhood movie theater the Alamo Drafthouse also gets wacky and wild every Tuesday and Wednesday night:

This week’s Terror Tuesday is Evil Dead at 9:30pm.

This week’s Weird Wednesday is Skatetown USA at 10pm.

Read our review of Skatetown USA from a few years back when we saw it at the Roxie.

A peek inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street

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Our pal Mike Keegan (the man who runs the formerly abandoned New Mission Theater down the way) stumbled upon an open door on his way to work today:

Construction crew said they were scoping out plaster removal, so I have zero idea what’s actually going on in there in the coming weeks/months/years, but the FOR SALE sign is off the marquee, as is that “coming soon: mission cinema school” banner.



Two-Lane Blacktop, one of the greatest movies of all time, screens tonight in the Mission


And on the big (huge) main screen at the Alamo, in 35mm!! The screening is tonight at 10:10pm, one time only, and there are still some great seats left!

It’s a road movie, from the very early ’70s, and I think it’s best if you don’t know any more than that. Just go see it!

Two places to go twice this weekend

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First, the Victoria Theater on 16th Street. (You’ve never been inside, and now’s your chance!) The SF International Film Festival is on for the next couple weeks, and this Saturday there are two great looking events:

  1. At 2pm they’re honoring Ellen Burstyn and then screening Requiem for A Dream!
  2. Then at 6pm it’s a new Greta Gerwig movie!

Next, over to Rickshaw Stop in Hayes Valley sort of. Great stuff all weekend:

  1. Saturday night it’s the Sheer Mag concert everybody’s been talking about!
  2. Sunday night brings the return of the Karaoke Underground from Austin! (Pictured.)

Have fun, everybody!

New film by Whit Stillman for Opening Night at the SF International Film Festival


Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco has been one of my faves since I was way too young to understand its heavy themes about friendship and growing up and times a-changing. (I liked it for the witty banter and the tunes–which ran a cool NYC ’77 gamut that went way past just disco.) But I rewatched it a couple months ago and was struck by all the parallels with the Mission of today. We should all rewatch it. It’s got:

  • Yuppies
  • Ad agency guys
  • Young people who don’t really know what they want
  • Dance music
  • A little bit of reggae
  • Drugs
  • Mean girls
  • A vibrant scene gradually dying

Anyway, this Thursday at the Castro for Opening Night of this year’s SF International Film Festival, it’s Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman’s first new movie in 5 years (and only his second since 1998’s Last Days of Disco). I haven’t read anything about it because I hate spoilers, but look who’s in it:

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Should be awesome! Whit Stillman and Kate Beckinsale are expected to attend, and there’s an afterparty in the Mission after the movie.

Get tickets to either or both right, and read more about the movie, here.

Celebrating an awesomely historic Tenderloin institution at an awesomely historic Mission institution


The film is called Beautiful by Night and it is a tribute to Aunt Charlie’s in the Tenderloin, and it’s screening this Thursday night at the Roxie in the Mission. Here’s some detail:

Don’t miss a historic occasion at a historic cinema- this is a one time only chance to see drag performances at the oldest continuously operating movie theater in San Francisco.

The Tenderloin Museum brings James Hosking’s “Beautiful By Night” to the Roxie Theater on April 7th for a one night only special engagement. “Beautiful by Night” follows three older drag entertainers at the legendary Aunt Charlie’s over the course of one evening. The film, along with show-stopping drag performances from the three ladies, played to a sold out show at the Tenderloin Museum. Don’t miss an encore presentation of this award winning documentary film and photo series. Director James Hosking and cinematographer Vanessa Carr will be in attendance and will lead a discussion with subjects Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande and Olivia Hart, who will also dazzle us with not-to-be-missed drag performances (for the first time ever at the Roxie Theater!).

RSVP and invite your friends and get tickets!

Here’s a trailer:

An important fact regarding San Francisco and Howard the Duck


Local film historian David Enos tells us all about it:

In the movie “Howard the Duck”, Howard and his human girlfriend are in a taxi which turns left at this intersection on 9th Avenue. It cuts away just as they round the corner. If you were to make the same left, you’d find these two side-by-side businesses.

Read on for a couple of important questions and some other startling news.

Interview with Elijah Wood

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Local cineaste David Enos recently got to interview the great Elijah Wood:

You’re an actor but also a big record collector.  What kind of used shops do you like to check out, and have you found any obscurities we should listen to?

Yeah, man, I’m glad you asked.  My favorite record store is Amoeba Records on Sunset, because they have all the hard-to-find, unusual stuff.  Problem is I can’t leave without spending at least $500 (laughs).  Just last week, I scored an original vinyl copy of “Rumours” by a band called Fleetwood Mac.  The worker man at the counter told me they only pressed 100 copies and I was lucky to find it.  By the end of my shopping trip I also picked up rarities by The Tubes, Joan Armatrading and Boz Scaggs.  Sometimes I’ll buy records just for the cover art. It’s so crazy and great to have this happen in 2016, but my assistant says vinyl is actually making a comeback.

Wood stars in The Witch, currently playing at the Alamo Drafthouse here in the Mission.

Read on for lots more.