Repertory Theaters

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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142 THROCKMORTON

142 Throckmorton (at Miller), Mill Valley, 383-9600, www.142throckmortontheatre.com. This Marin meeting place hosts occasional film programs along with many other events.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): The Latino Film Festival screens Cinema Dali (Josep Rovira and Xavi Figueras, Spain, 2004), a documentary about the artist's experiments in cinema, many of which are hitherto unseen 7 p.m.

ACT I & II

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Waiter! There's a boy in my soup! Garçon Stupide (Lionel Baier, Switzerland, 2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 28-Nov. 3): Kamikaze Girls (Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Dorothy and friends pay a visit to The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939).

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 26): Two knights duel an ogre in the no-budget medieval fantasy Le Monde Vivant (Eugene Green, France, 2003) 7 p.m.

AMNESIA

853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. This "cozy, red-lighted den" offers drinks, live music, and occasional film programs. $5.

THURSDAY (Oct. 27): "Growing Social," a "Fluxus Variety Night with experimental film, music, and mix tape exchange" 9 p.m.

AQUARIUS

430 Emerson (at Lytton), Palo Alto, (650) 266-9260, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8 for this midnight series. "Midnight Moovies" continues, with Bunny the Cow hosting a pre-film show with prize giveaways and cartoons/TV programs on Saturdays only. There will be additional screenings Saturday and Sunday "around noon" (call for more info). See our Showtimes page for the Aquarius' regular listings.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): 'Twas The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1991) and all through the house, people were saying this sure reminds them of all of Tim Burton's other films!

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

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

THURSDAY (Oct. 27): Dziga Vertov's camera eye is trained on Soviet city life in The Man With the Movie Camera (U.S.S.R., 1930), screening with a live score by Dr. Prisoner: The Brain, "coupling atonal tape-loop soundscapes to drum-and-bass music" 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 28): The Man With the Movie Camera repeats, this time with "noise metal mayhem" from the Zag Men 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 29): A program devoted to "Incredibly Strange Religion" screens fundamentalist clips depicting Burning Hell, condemning Disney Perversion, evoking Holy Laughter, and touring Underground Cities of Mars (!). Free mulled wine 8:30 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A predatory fish terrorizes Australia in Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, France, 2004) noon. Sequins (Eleonore Faucher, France, 2005) noon, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, 7, 8:45 p.m. Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U.K., 2005) 1:55, 3:40, 5:25, 7:20, 9:10 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: The Weeping Meadow (Theo Angelopolous, Greece, 2005). See Opening for review 1:10, 4:20, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Tab Hunter Confidential actor/author Hunter in person signing his new autobiography 6 p.m. Hunter chats with co-author Eddie Muller 7:30 p.m. Hunter romances Francine Fishpaw in John Waters' Polyester (1981), screening in Odorama (cards provided for $2) 8:50 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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A horror series continues with a double bill of the still-powerful Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931; 7 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.) and the campier Bride of Frankenstein (Whale, 1935; 8:30 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 5:30 p.m.).

FRIDAY: "Shock It to Me," three days of "Creature Features" fare with live TV horror hosts "guiding you into this world of the beyond." A triple bill of English Hammer Horror films offers The Creeping Unknown (Val Guest, 1955; 7 p.m.), with Dr. Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) investigating a destroyed space flight. Peter Cushing is the doctor at large in The Curse of Frankenstein (Terence Fisher, 1958; 8:45 p.m.) and then tries to fend off The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker, 1970; 10:30 p.m.).

SATURDAY: "Shock It to Me" -- A matinee of George Romero's original Night of the Living Dead (1968) also features the creepy cartoon Cobweb Hotel 1 p.m. Then John Stanley hosts a double bill of The Horror of Party Beach (Del Tenney, 1964; 7 p.m.) -- monsters versus Jersey shore surfers -- and his own Nightmare in Blood (1976; 9 p.m.), about a legendary horror star who really is a vampire. Finally, a late-night screening of Roman Polanski's art comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Shock It to Me" -- A triple bill of Vincent Price thrillers, The House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960; 1:15 p.m.), the all-star comedy The Comedy of Terrors (Jacques Tourneur, 1964; 2:50 p.m.), with Lorre, Karloff, and Rathbone, and the black comedy The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, U.K., 1971; 4:30 p.m.). Then, Russ Tamblyn hosts a double bill of Tourneur's excellent Curse of the Demon (U.K., 1957; 7 p.m.) and Robert Wise's classy The Haunting (1963; 9 p.m.), co-starring Tamblyn, Claire Bloom, and Julie Harris.

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