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3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007) noon, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double feature of Breach (Roger Michell, 2006; 1:20, 5:15, 9:10 p.m. ) and Music and Lyrics (Marc Lawrence, 2007; 3:25, 7:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and other times.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.landmarktheatres.com. This popular little theater offers off-beat cinema fare when it can. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (April 6-8): The premiere of Grindhouse (Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez, 2007) is accompanied here by thirty minutes of coming attractions to 1970s B, C and D movies before each screening, with a nurse on hand for Friday and Saturday evening shows in case of too much excitement. Call for times.
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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: If you were a rich man, you could enjoy the complete, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) at home, fiddling on your roof. Or you can come here through April 29 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation.
TUESDAY (April 10): Two friends enjoy a carefree life Under the Bridges (Germany, 1944-5), the last film directed under the Nazis by the very talented Helmut Käutner. Highly recommended to see what a filmmaker can do under adversity; only marginally connected to reality, though 7 p.m.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (April 10): The Institute is "Gearing Up for the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival" with a series of films featuring actor Kim Rossi Stuart. Tonight, Stuart is a man reconnecting with his disabled son in The Keys to the House (Gianni Amelio, Italy, 2004) 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 7): Mark Cantor hosts a monthly series, Giants of Jazz on Film, tonight featuring a program of "Women in Jazz" featuring rare footage of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Ina Ray Hutton and her Melodears, Rita Rio and Ada Leonard's big bands, soloists Melba Liston, Corky Hale, Hazel Scott and more. Plus a live performance by pianist Corky Hale. $22 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
WEDNESDAY (April 4): San Francisco Film Society's monthly social screening series the SF360 Film Club offers Doug Pray's new documentaryInfamy (2007), all about six prolific graffiti artists, plus the "buffer" who paints them out. A live performance by Flosstradum follows7:30 p.m. RED VIC
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: And speaking of children, The City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, France, 1995) reminds of a pre-treacle, pre-Amelie Jeunet 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
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