When the Rialto Cinemas lost its lease on Summerfield Road, cinema fans worried that they’d no longer have a local venue where they could see independent, foreign and art films.
But ultimately, they may have more than one. Ky Boyd of the Rialto has vowed to return at a Santa Rosa site, and is showing some programs at the 6th Street Playhouse and in the Jackson Theater at the Sonoma Country Day School in the meantime. You’ll see more on this as things develop.
And Dan Tocchini, the new operator at the old Rialto site, to reopen after renovation as Summerfield Cinemas, is currently showing some Rialto-like fare, including “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” at his 3rd Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa.
3rd Street Cinemas is also serving as one of the venues for this year’s Wine Country Film Festival, now in progress.
With more than 100 films included in the festival, it’s impossible to highlight them all, but one that hasn’t gotten much mention so far is the feature-length documentary, “Giants,” playing at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at 3rd Street Cinemas.
Narrated by act Tom Skerritt, the film follows some Pacific Northwest giant pumpkin growers during a single season and culminates at the Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin weigh-off.
“Napa grower Leonardo Urena figures prominently at the end of the documentary. And, the Godfather of local Napa growers, Pete Glasier, is also in it,” said “Giants” co-director Mimi Gan of Seattle .
For complete schedule and ticket information: www.wcff.us, www.winecountryfilmfest.com or (707) 935-3456.