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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a 10-week midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes"). For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (Nov. 1): Chucky the evil doll debuts in Child's Play (Tom Holland, 1988) midnight.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29): A François Truffaut series concludes with his last film, the lightweight comedy thriller Confidentially Yours (1983), with Fanny Ardant as Jean-Louis Trintignant's loyal secretary 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 1): Ardant and Trintignant co-star in Nadine Trintignant's L'eté prochain (1984) 2 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (Oct. 30): F.W. Murnau's vampire smash Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) screens with a live score by the Zag Men "inspired" by Frank Zappa and the Residents 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 1): The local ensemble Epic plays live scores to Super 8 digests of the horror classics Dracula and I Was a Teenage Werewolf, followed by a 16mm screening of Mario Bava's sci-fi fantasy Planet of the Vampires (Italy, 1965) 8:30 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (Oct. 31): A Halloween double bill of Among the Living (Stuart Heisler, 1942; 6, 9 p.m.), about a mad twin who escapes prison, and The Lady and the Monster (George Sherman, 1944; 7:20, 10:20 p.m.), with Erich von Stroheim terrorizing Vera Hruba Ralston. 16mm prints.

SATURDAY (Nov. 1): A day-after double bill of Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954; 2:30, 5:45, 9:10 p.m.), about giant ants that terrorize Los Angeles, and the Howard Hawks-produced (and -ghost-directed) The Thing (Christian Nyby, 1951; 4:15, 7:30 p.m.), about an "intellectual carrot" from outer space that terrorizes an Army base.

SUNDAY (Nov. 2): Giant ape escapes -- the original King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, 1933) 7, 9:15 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29): "Surf Movie Night" screens Singlefin: Yellow and the zombie surf horror film Surf Dead. "Come as a zombie. Best costume at each show will win an XCEL wetsuit" 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

BRIDGE

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

FRIDAY (Oct. 31): A "Halloween Season of Horror" continues with Fright Night (Tom Holland, 1985), about a teenager and a horror TV host (Roddy McDowell) who take on the vampire next door. With "Evil Ed" (Stephen Geoffreys) in person, and a costume contest midnight.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $7.

SUNDAY (Nov. 2): Filmmaker David Gatten employs ink, optical printing, microphotography, and other techniques in his films Moxon's Mechanick Exercises, The Enjoyment of Reading, The Secret History of the Dividing Line, and his latest, as-yet-untitled picture inspired by Leonardo's Codex on the Flight of Birds 7:30 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The near-miss coup against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is documented in The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.

THURSDAY: A "20th Century Cavalcade" of live music. Advance tickets 546-1333. $10 1:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The first HallowQueen Drag Contest includes a preview of a new documentary about sex activist Carol Queen and her born-again brother John, Two Queens (2003). See www.hallowqueen.com for more. $25 6 p.m.

SATURDAY: The 3rd I South Asian International Film Festival (www.thirdi.org) screens a silent film with live music by students of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Shiraz (Franz Osten, Germany/India, 1928). $10 2 p.m. Flying With One Wing (Asoka Handagama, Sri Lanka, 2002) 6 p.m. Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (Rituparno Ghosh, India, 2003) 8:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: The Film Arts Festival presents a day of indies; see www.filmarts.org for more. Piki and Poko: Adventures in Starland 11 a.m. A Great Wonder noon. The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt 2 p.m. American Dancer 4 p.m. TBA 6 p.m. Double Dare 8:30 p.m. Soundz of Spirit 10:30 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Precious bodily fluids are wasted in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) 7, 9 p.m.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; www.8tales.com for this series. A weekend midnight movie series continues. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 31 & Nov. 1): The Quentin Tarantino-scripted True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993), with a splendid cast that includes only one future Q.T. star, Samuel L. Jackson midnight.

FOREIGN CINEMA

2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.

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