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.)

Vintage photo of opening night of La Bamba at the New Mission almost 30 years ago

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No big red bus lane!

See what’s playing at the New Mission right now here.

[via Drafthouse SF on Instagram]

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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“Dracula Dance” by David Enos

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Local animator David Enos just finished this great short film about some young people having a party:

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

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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.

Movies to go see in the Mission this Saturday!

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  1. LA DOLCE VITA! Saturday afternoon at the Alamo Drafthouse, as part of Negroni Week 2016!
  2. PITCH PERFECT! Saturday night in Dolores Park, as part of this year’s Film Night in the Park programming!

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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.

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

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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

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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.