20th Anniversary Celebration Series

Join us throughout 2024 as we show some of our favorite films celebrating significant anniversaries this year, in celebration of our own significant anniversary: 20 years as a volunteer-operated nonprofit cinema!

The Thin Man in 35mm

W.S. Van Dyke · 1934
91min · 35mm
  • Monday, Apr 1, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, Apr 2, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Apr 4, 2024, 7:30pm

It’s the 90th anniversary of this Grand Illusion favorite, and April marks the 20th anniversary of our cinema becoming a volunteer-operated nonprofit. Come join us in celebration of these two milestones!

THE THIN MAN tells the story of retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) who, while spending much of his time managing his wife Nora’s considerable fortune and consuming quantities of alcohol, is asked to follow the trail of a missing inventor. Although reluctant to interrupt his holiday in Manhattan, he is persuaded to investigate by Nora’s (Myrna Loy) craving for adventure, and together they embark upon a case that leads to the disclosure of deception and murder.

Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

“One of the most popular comedies ever made.” Don Druker, Chicago Reader

“Nick and Nora Charles are one of the screen’s great couples.” Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

“Tense and slick, this early thriller remains a true masterpiece.” David Parkinson, Empire Magazine

Dawn of the Dead

George A. Romero · 1978
127min · DCP
  • Friday, May 10, 2024, 6:15pm
  • Friday, May 10, 2024, 9:00pm
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024, 5:30pm
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Sunday, May 12, 2024, 4:15pm
  • Sunday, May 12, 2024, 7:00pm

A restoration of George A. Romero’s masterpiece for the 45th anniversary of its North American premiere!

As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack of the undead. In Pennsylvania, radio station employee Stephen (David Emge) and his girlfriend Francine (Gaylen Ross) escape in the station helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members (Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger). The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping mall to make what could be humanity’s last stand. Featuring groundbreaking special effects by Tom Savini and music by Goblin.

Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

Please note: Per the booking agreement with the distributor, free admission and guest passes aren’t accepted for these screenings.

“Undoubtedly the zombie movie to end ’em all.” David Pirie, Time Out

“One of the best horror films ever made.” Roger Ebert

“As a blend of horror, action, tension, and humour, it stands in a class of its own.” Almar Haflidason, BBC

“A darkly satirical assault on bourgeois culture… Romero’s films tend to be left of center in outlook: ethnically and sexually integrated, pro-feminist, gay-friendly, anti-macho, and skeptical about capitalism, they represent a progressive aspect of the genre.” TV Guide (!)

Magnolia in 35mm

Paul Thomas Anderson · 1999
189min · 35mm
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024, 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7:00pm

25th anniversary!

Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. Featuring a star-studded ensemble that includes Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Phillip Baker Hall, William H. Macy and John C. Reilly, MAGNOLIA offers a bold and empathetic look at the strange connections that bind us together.

Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

“One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Magnolia is operatic in its ambition… one of those rare films that works in two entirely different ways. In one sense, it tells absorbing stories, filled with detail, told with precision and not a little humor. On another sense, it is a parable. The message of the parable, as with all good parables, is expressed not in words but in emotions.” Roger Ebert

Funeral Parade of Roses

Toshio Matsumoto · 1969
105min · 4K DCP
  • Saturday, Jun 1, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 2, 2024, 3:30pm
  • Monday, Jun 3, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, Jun 5, 2024, 7:15pm

55th anniversary!

A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet — where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (played by Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya). One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time here like Resnais in LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image and sound.

In Japanese with English subtitles. Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

“Definitely not for everyone. But for those who do sit through, unlike the queen who ‘harrumphed out’ when I saw it, Funeral Parade of Roses is a very strong trip.” Bebe Scarpie, Drag

“You will walk away from Matsumoto’s film with a newfound appreciation of what movies can be.” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

The Matrix in 35mm

Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski · 1999
136min · 35mm
  • Thursday, Jun 13, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Saturday, Jun 15, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Sunday, Jun 16, 2024, 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 7:15pm

25th anniversary!

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day, he is an average computer programmer, and by night, a hacker known as Neo. Neo (Keanu Reeves) has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity has been captured by a race of machines that live off human body heat and electrochemical energy, and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the Agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.

35mm print! Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

Co-presented by Kung Fu Clubhouse, who will provide special intros before the June 13th and June 15th showings.

The Matrix still stands up as a fiercely exciting and discombobulating futurist drama, which pioneered breathtaking ‘bullet-time’ action sequences inspired by Asian martial arts.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“[It] isn’t just a movie, it’s an entire philosophy that also examines metamorphosis and personal transformation to mirror The Wachowskis’ own personal journeys as trans women.” Sezín Koehler, Black Girl Nerds

Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee · 1989
120min · 4K DCP
  • Friday, Aug 2, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Saturday, Aug 3, 2024, 6:15pm
  • Sunday, Aug 4, 2024, 3:45pm
  • Monday, Aug 5, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, Aug 7, 2024, 7:15pm

35th anniversary!

Set on one block of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, at the height of summer, this 1989 masterpiece by Spike Lee confirmed him as a writer and filmmaker of peerless vision and passionate social engagement. Over the course of a single day, the easygoing interactions of a cast of unforgettable characters give way to heated confrontations as tensions rise along racial fault lines, ultimately exploding into violence. Punctuated by the anthemic refrain of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” DO THE RIGHT THING is a landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen.

Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

“Like Rear Window to Alfred Hitchcock, like Nashville to Robert Altman, like Playtime to Jacques Tati, Lee’s Do the Right Thing is an undiluted representation of its creator’s artistic command.” Eric Henderson, Slant

More to come throughout the year! Watch this space.