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Oddball Films

Let's face it: Grabbing a drink is the least exciting first date imaginable. It's boring, and it makes you seem boring, too. Instead, bring your companion to Oddball Films, an aptly named DIY cinema in the heart of the Mission. Located in a dilapidated, nondescript warehouse with film reels literally piled high to the ceiling, Oddball is a film archive — housing stock footage, vintage cinema, bygone advertisements, and untold errata and oddities. On Thursday and Friday nights, they screen archival selections centered around loose themes, like teenage dating advice, surrealism, and Czech animation. It's BYOB-friendly, cheap, and one of those completely idiosyncratic experiences that reminds you why, despite it all, this city is just so goddamn wonderful.

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