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Oscar-nominated short films screen at Summerfield, Rialto

Oscar-nominated movies get a lot of attention, but there are some that many movie-goers never get to see. Those are the short films, both animated and live-action, gathered for special release once a year in two separate feature-length packages. Two Sonoma County theaters will show the films, starting Friday, Jan. [...]

By | January 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Rialto, Summerfield plan special screenings

Two Sonoma County movie theaters plan special events this month. The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol opens the new monthly New York Film Critics Series next week, featuring screenings of new films before their national release, plus high-definition simulcasts of question-and-answer sessions with the stars and filmmakers. The first [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|0 Comments

‘Magic Flute’ at Summerfield, ‘Love Free or Die’ at Rialto

Coming up at Sonoma County’s art cinema houses: — “The Magic Flute,” the film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic two-act opera, will screen twice at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa. The 134-minute film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, will be show at 1 p.m. Sunday (June 9) and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Rialto Cinemas screens ‘Mumia’ documentary

“Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary, a two-hour documentary about journalist and writer Mumia Abu-Jamal, opens Friday (May 10) at the Rialto, 6868 McKinley St. Sentenced to death after he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981, Abu-Jamal continues to live and work on Death Row in a Pennsylvania [...]

By | May 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Oscar-nominated short films come to movie theaters

Every year, the Academy Award nominations spark a fierce flash of interest among film fans. But for decades, one category languished in the shadows — the short films. Locally, Ky Boyd, proprietor of the Rialto Cinemas — first in Santa Rosa, and now in Sebastopol — has championed these little [...]

By | February 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Rialto Cinemas screens ‘Rebels With a Cause’

“Rebels With a Cause,” an award-winning documentary about the fight to preserve open space, protect agriculture and wildlife and establish public parks, will screen 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. Created local filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, who will attend the screening, [...]

By | January 15th, 2013|1 Comment

Rialto hosts new ‘Community Cinema’ film series.

Rialto Cinemas and the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival will launch “Community Cinema,” a new free monthly series of films from the Emmy Award-winning Public Broadcasting System series, “Independent Lens,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. The series kick offs with “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for [...]

By | September 10th, 2012|0 Comments

Rialto screens ‘Collaborators’ at 6th Street

What happens when a satirist tangles with a tyrant? John Hodge, best-known for his “Trainspotting” screenplay, has a written a new play about an imaginary 1938 encounter between Josef Stalin and dissident Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. In the play, Bulgakov — stalked by the secret police — is offered a [...]

By | December 12th, 2011|0 Comments

Rialto Cinemas lives on at 6th Street Playhouse

Ky Boyd's Rialto Cinemas lost its lease on its longtime site on Summerfield Road last August,  but Boyd's passion for showing good movies lives on in his "Rialto on the Road" events. Boyd and his partner, Michael O'Rand, showed up Monday night at the 6th Street Playhouse to [...]

By | May 24th, 2011|0 Comments

‘Prairie Home’ in Santa Rosa

This just in from Lake Wobegon: The Jewish Community Center, working with Rialto Cinemas, will present a live, high-definition broadcast of a performance of  Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion" from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn. The program screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the Jackson [...]

By | October 18th, 2010|0 Comments