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1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

WEDNESDAY: The Parkway's sixth annual Film Noir Fest runs through Sept. 30. Tonight, Clint Eastwood takes Frisco as Dirty Harry (Don Siegel, 1971) 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A "Thrillville" screening, hosted by Will the Thrill Viharo and Tiki Goddess Monica, of The Mob (Robert Parrish, 1951), with Broderick Crawford as a cop on the waterfront. With an episode of the serial The Shadow 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Film Noir -- The recently late Joseph H. Lewis' scorching Gun Crazy (1949), with Peggy Cummings purring, "I want action!" Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 6 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 20-22): The also recently passed Lawrence Tierney is very hard-boiled and Born to Kill (Robert Wise, 1947) Mon 9:15 p.m.; Tues & Wed 6:30 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, $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: Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2003) 7, 9:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004); see Opening for review. Maria Full of Grace, Mean Creek, and Ju-On continue. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A six-day cycle of three Ingmar Bergman films opens with his autobiographical tale of two children, Fanny and Alexander (Sweden, 1982) Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Bergman's beloved comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sweden, 1955) 7 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Sept. 21 & 22): Bergman's Knight plays chess with Death in the oft-parodied but still powerful The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957) 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Walter Hill's The Warriors escape from the Bronx in this stylized gang film from 1979 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.

THURSDAY: David Greene's film of the hippie Gospel musical Godspell (1973) utilizes red streamers instead of blood for Christ's crucifixion, and song and dance instead of beatings. Live musical performance by Smile God Loves You 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Monty Python's passion play Life of Brian (Terry Jones, U.K., 1979) definitely would not put a smile on Mel Gibson's face 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy plays with mud, twigs, and ice in Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2001) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: A tiny child gets manipulated and escapes in The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (Dave Borthwick, 1993), screening with Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (Peter Capaldi, 1993), with Richard E. Grant trying to decide what Gregor Samsa wakes up as 7:15, 9:15 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (Heinz Bütler, France, 2003); see Ongoing for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 17-23): David Brower's Sierra Club years are Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004); see Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.


6350 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Geronimo, 488-8888, A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $5 donation, no one turned away.

FRIDAY (Sept. 17): A "Made in the Bay Area" series screens Carroll Ballard's classic horse and his boy movie The Black Stallion (1979) 8 p.m.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

THURSDAY (Sept. 16): See the Democrats get Outfoxed (Robert Greenwald, 2004) 5:45 p.m. Was it all a dream? It seemed like a movie could unelect a president. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004) 7:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.

WEDNESDAY: D.W. Griffith's melodramatic epic of the French Revolution, Orphans of the Storm (1921), with Dorothy and Lillian Gish as threatened sisters 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, teamed in the Caribbean in their first film, To Have and Have Not, (Howard Hawks, 1944; 5:40, 9:25 p.m.) and threatened by Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo (John Huston, 1948; 7:30 p.m.).

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Cary Grant is threatened by two spooky old aunts in Frank Capra's comedy Arsenic and Old Lace (1944; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:25 p.m.) even as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Lamont, 1948; 5:55, 10 p.m.). Chapter 13 of Superman (1948) precedes Arsenic.


601 Columbus (at Union), 465-3456, The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and the Telegraph Hill Dwellers present "Film Night" in this park on a giant outdoor screen. $5 donation requested.

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