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Video: City welcomes Summer Cinema on Center Street

Kim Aronson, a regular contributor to Berkeleyside, spent Saturday evening in downtown Berkeley enjoying a free screening of Up, courtesy of the newly launched Center Street Summer Cinema series. He shot the short video above to share with us. … Continue reading »

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Postpone the start of fall with Endless Summer Cinema

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Interested in postponing the start of fall? Then indulge in some classic films at the (free) Endless Summer Cinema outdoor movie series.

Endless Summer Cinema, presented by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association, features two nights of free short movies and feature films screened outdoors on the Crescent Lawn at Oxford Street between Center and Addison.

On Friday, Sept. 27, sit back, perhaps with a blanket, to enjoy Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake of the 1950s vintage science fiction thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which tackled the perils of mass conformity. The newer film follows a health inspector (Donald Sutherland) who uncovers the existence of a growing species of “pod people” inhabiting the bodies of human clones hiding among us in plain sight. The movie was shot in San Francisco and, along with Sutherland, stars Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. (115 minutes)
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Free Summer Movie Saturday on Center Street

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The second screening in this  year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series, takes place on Saturday August 11, at 7:30pm.

The theme of this year’s series is “cerebral cinema” and Saturday’s classic is B-movie film Donovan’s Brain (1953) which features a young Nancy Davis (aka Mrs Ronald Reagan). In the film a crazed surgeon has been extracting the brains of monkeys, keeping them alive outside their bodies. When a plane crashes nearby, the police rush the survivor to the surgeon’s lab for emergency care. Despite their best efforts, terrible tycoon Walter Donovan dies, so the scientist liberates his lobes, keeping them alive in a jar. Soon the megalomaniacal brain asserts its influence over the doctor, who must do its evil bidding. Watch the Donovan’s Brain trailer.

The movie will be projected onto the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

The Summer Movie series takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association.  … Continue reading »

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Reminder: First free Summer Cinema movie is tonight

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This year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series, kicks off tonight, Saturday August 4, at 7:30pm.

The films, which are being projected onto the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, are all in the classic B-movie “mad scientist” genre.

Tonight’s screening is The Atomic Brain, in which an aging spinster finances the brain transplant experiments of a deranged scientist in the hope that her brain can be transplanted into the body of a younger woman.

The Summer Movie series takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association. The event was launched last year and proved immensely popular, drawing up to 400 people to the Bank of America parking lot for each screening. … Continue reading »

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Brainy B-movies at free Summer Cinema series

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Demented surgeons who know no bounds, crazed doctors keeping brains alive, abductions and decapitations — you can tell Steve Seid had an enormous amount of fun putting together the program for this year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series which kicks off on Saturday August 4.

“I wanted something different from common currency films. I wanted to pull out some of our more disgraceful examples,” he says, laughing.

Seid, Video Curator at Pacific Film Archive, delved into the museum’s 18,000-strong collection of films to come up with his selection of 16-mm prints for the series, which takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association. The event was launched last year and proved immensely popular, drawing up to 400 people to the Bank of America parking lot for each screening.

The films, which will be shown on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, are all in the classic B-movie “mad scientist” genre. … Continue reading »

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Downtown Summer Cinema series closes with bang

More than 500 people turned out on Saturday night to enjoy a free screening of "The Big Lebowski". Photo: D.H. Parks
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The finale of Center Street Summer Cinema, a free outdoor movie series launched this year by the Downtown Berkeley Association and sponsored by Berkeleyside, was deemed a success.

An estimated 500 people turned out to see The Big Lebowski, a quintessential Berkeley movie if ever there was one, which was shown on the side of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot.

Before the feature, participants enjoyed free entertainment from Oakland’s Fire Collective … Continue reading »

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Summer Cinema: Screening The Big Lebowski Saturday

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We’ve had The Princess Bride, Pixar’s Up, and Raiders of the
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 — and every week the number of participants has swelled at the Center Street outdoor Summer Cinema series, as people take advantage of a pedestrianized street, great food and drink options and a free movie screening.

Saturday sees the grand finale with The Big Lebowski showing on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot.

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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ screening at Summer Cinema

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Last week an estimated 350 people turned out to enjoy a free screening of Up, the second in the series of four free outdoor movie screenings on Center Street in downtown Berkeley.

Saturday sees Raiders of the Lost Ark which will be shown on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America car park.

The Summer Cinema series, organized by the Downtown Berkeley Association, sees Center Street closed to traffic. Before the main feature starts, … Continue reading »

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Free outdoor screening of Pixar’s “Up” on Center Street

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Several hundred Berkeleyans enjoyed the debut of free outdoor movies, organized by the Downtown Berkeley Association, last Saturday night. Tomorrow, the second in the series, Up, will play as the evening skies get dark around 8:30 p.m.

Before the main feature starts, moviegoers are encouraged to eat al fresco (Center Street is pedestrianized for the evening), enjoy musical entertainment, and enter a costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Last week, for The Princess Bride, is was pirates; this week, … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Summer Cinema event kicks off on Center St

Movie-goers at the inaugural Summer Cinema event, with a Seurat treatment. Photo: Ira Serkes
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The night was less than balmy, but that didn’t deter around 250 people making their way to Center Street Saturday evening for the first of four Summer Cinema free outdoor screenings.

Some participants brought their own chairs and blankets, others rented fold-up chairs at the booth of the organizers, the Downtown Berkeley Association. Radiant Brand’s Steven Donaldson was spotted carrying in a whole selection of seating possibilities, including a wooden chair wrenched from the ground in his garden.

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Center Street Outdoor Movie series kicks off tomorrow

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Tomorrow at 6:00 pm sees the launch of the city’s first Summer Outdoor Movie series in downtown Berkeley — and The Princess Bride is the kick-off movie.

Center Street will be closed to traffic between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street, and, in the run-up to the screening, many local restaurants will be serving special dishes and providing café-style dining from 6:00 pm onwards.

Pirate and princess costumes are encouraged for this screening, and there will prizes for the best ones. Entertainers from … Continue reading »

Costume contests match movies at new cinema series

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The countdown is on for the city’s first Summer Outdoor Movie series which will take place on the four Saturdays in August on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. And costume contests, tied in to the free screenings, will be part of the fun for movie-goers.

Each film will be preceded with a costume contest with thematic prizes at 7:30 pm, MC’d by local dignitaries.

On August 6, wear your pirate costume to watch The Princess Bride; on August 13 sport the goofiest bow tie or wear the most scout badges for Up; dust off your safari attire for Raiders of the Lost Ark on August 20; and, on August 27, dress as your favorite character from The Big Lebowski. Pre-feature cartoons and short films will round out the evenings.

Center Street will be closed to traffic between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street while entertainers from the Downtown MusicFest will be on hand to serenade you with steel drums, violins, and Brazilian guitars. … Continue reading »

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Four films selected for Center St outdoor movie series

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The votes are in and four films have been chosen for the inaugural Center Street Summer Cinema series which kicks off on Saturday August 6.

The movies will be Princess Bride on August 6, Up on August 13, Raiders of The Lost Ark on August 20, and The Big Lebowski on August 27.

The selection was made according to votes submitted by Berkeleyside readers and other Berkeleyans in a survey orchestrated by the Downtown Berkeley Association, the lead organizer of the event.

The movies will be projected onto the west wall of the old UC Printing Plant Building, future site of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Bank of America parking lot will serve as the seating area for movie-goers (chairs will be available to hire for $5.00 a pop).

The screenings will preceded by food, drink, and entertainment on Center Street which will be closed for the events. Berkeleyside is proud to be the lead media sponsor of this exciting new addition to the Berkeley summer calendar. … Continue reading »

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