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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Terrence Malick spends the Days of Heaven in this outstanding 1978 release, screening through July 25 8:45, 10:30 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down. Call ahead to see if the scheduled film is actually continuing, as movies play here in an open-ended run.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on a regular basis. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (July 9): Alain Resnais' unusual musical Same Old Song (France, 1997) 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 9-15): The Seagull's Laughter (Ágûst Gudmundsson, Iceland, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: An "Exploit-o-Scope" series opens with The Mask (Julian Roffman, Canada, 1961), a horror film with 3-D sequences about a cursed Aztec mask. Free cursed Aztec masks to all 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Eija-Liisa Ahtila in person with her films Love Is a Treasure, If 6 Was 9, and Consolation Service 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A western series screens the (better) preview version of John Ford's Wyatt Earp saga My Darling Clementine (1946; 7 p.m. ) plus the outstanding noir western Pursued (Raoul Walsh, 1946; 9:15 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Out of postwar Germany's rubble, The Murderers Are Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte, Germany, 1946) looked at Nazi guilt from very close up 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; (843) 272-8524 and www.avataroftheage.com for this program. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $10, $5 weekday matinees (first two shows).
DAILY: The premiere of Meher Baba: Avatar of the Age (Irwin Luck, 2004), billed as "a documentary Love story of the human and Divine side of God when he returns as the Avatar on earth," covering 15 years of Baba's life in India. Says the film's Web site, "The entire narration in the film is from direct quotes of Meher Baba and carries the full weight of His Divine Authority." Take that, Mel Gibson! Screens through July 15 4, 5:40, 7:30, 9:10 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (July 9): It's springtime for Mel Brooks in The Producers (1968) -- who thought in 1968 that it would last as long as it has? Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (July 8): Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (Masaki Tezuka, Japan, 2000) pits our favorite lizard against "a gigantic killer dragonfly (or something)." Bay Area premiere. Guest experts and Godzilla himself in person. $6 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 11): Justice Whitaker's performance-art piece Song of Savior includes film in its portrayal of "the role of religion and spirituality in defining freedom and democracy in our modern world." $7 3 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Facing Windows (Ferzan Ozpetak, Italy, 2003) 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
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