Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
In San Francisco, The Clay is the place to see midnight movies. Landmark has announced the schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2008 season which includes: A Clockwork Orange, The Beyond, The Dark Crystal, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rosemary’s Baby, Friday the 13th and Serenity. Check out the press release after the jump.
Midnight Movies at The Clay Theatre continue with the Spring/summer 2008 season of THE LATE NIGHT PICTURE SHOW
Landmark’s Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Ca 94115
Ticket prices for midnight shows: $9.50 General, $10.50 21+ shows, $8.50 senior/student
Call the theatre directly: (415) 346-1124Â Advance tickets:Â www.landmarktheatres.com
Event site: http://www.landmarkafterdark
The Late Night Picture Show continues into the summer this year with more shows than ever! The historic Clay Theatre’s very own midnight movie series is approaching a nearly year-long run of the best cult, specialty and forgotten films that have ever graced the silver screen, making sure San Franciscans always have a midnight movie destination on the weekend.
Â May 9th through June 21st the Clay will be burning the midnight oil to showcase films so amazing, they can’t wait ’till morning.Â In addition to its wildly successful monthly screenings of the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, much more is in store for avid film fans to savor. Highlights include a rare screening of Lucio Fulci’s Italian horror THE BEYOND, complete with vintage exploitation trailer reel; classic terror via Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY; the return of fan favorite THE DARK CRYSTAL for three engagements over Memorial day weekend; and select 21+ Saturdays with a bar for adult audiences, as well as select evenings with live musical performance before the show.
See you at The Late Night Picture Show!
May 9 & 10: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
The Late Night Picture Show kicks off its second 2008 season with an enduring midnight favorite! In a futuristic Britain, a gang of teenagers go on the rampage every night, beating and raping helpless victims. After one of the boys quells an uprising in the gang, they take their revenge on him and ensure his capture by the Police. Once incarcerated, He agrees to try an experimentalÂ “aversion therapy” to shorten his jail sentence, but the freedom he is promised is every bit as false as his claims of being “rehabilitated.”
May 16 & 17: THE BEYOND
This season’s Italian horror pick at the Late Night Picture Show is arguably Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece! Presented with the vintage exploitation trailer reel from the 1998 rolling thunder re-release and restoration.
Don’t you just hate it when you inherit a fine old hotel in need of a little work-and then you discover it happens to have been built over one of the doorways to hell? Such is Liza’s dilemma. A New Yorker of independent means, Liza’s come down to Louisiana to get her multi-roomed legacy back on its feet, no matter the worms, decay or water table. But nothing seems to be going right. Â The “help” she inherits with the house, Martha and Arthur, are borderline sociopaths. Joe the plumber seems to have forgotten to take his anti-psychotics. And then there’s Emily, the piano-playing blind girl cum psychic specter (?), and Dickie, her somewhat helpful german shepherd-they just keep popping up in the oddest of places. But the worst are all the dead bodies! They keep rising up out of murky puddles in the flooded basementâ€¦That really makes renovation difficult for Liza!
May 23, 24 & 25: THE DARK CRYSTAL
Saturday May 24th is Solstice Lounge night (21+ w/ID) where the bar will be serving drinks both Skeksis and mystics are sure to agree on!
Andâ€¦ also Saturday May 24th: a Special Musical pre-show by San Francisco Muppet-Core band Mr. Stopmotion and the Yellow Dress!
If Labyrinth failed to convince you that Jim Henson (at some point or another) was taking copious amounts of psychedelic drugs, then The Dark Crystal will leave you without a doubt. It is the story of life on the planet Thra, where the dark crystal is kept. A thousand years ago the crystal was broken, and it separated one race into two different (but equally creepy-looking) creatures.Â Now, the Mystics are the goooood guys and the Skeksis are the baaaaad guys. Â And, according to prophecy, only a Gelfing (a cute sort of puppet, for a change) can restore the dark crystal and save everyone on the planet Thra before ‘the great convergence’. Can this puppet make it through the magical forest and deliver the goods? Or will the Skeksis have their way when the three suns align?
About the band:
San Francisco Muppetcore pioneers Mr Stopmotion and the Yellow Dress have no less than three songs about futuristic transportation devices, are avid scrabble fans, and have been known to enjoy underwater life.Â They are generally made up of Dan Weiss (Vocals, Ukulele, harmonica) and Jon Moyer (Guitar, Vocals, bass), though this is a matter of some debate.Â For more information check out http://www.myspace.com/mrstopmo
Saturday May 31: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays at the Clay the Last Saturday of May and June (further summer dates TBD).
By popular demand, the Rocky Horror Picture Show now plays at the Clay Theatre the last Saturday of every month! Not only does this give you a lot more chances to see it,Â it also gives you Rocky Regulars out there more chances to keep your audience-participation skillsÂ honed. Trust us when we say seeing it at home on video just doesn’t cut it. See it with a live cast the way it’s meant to be seen!Â Audiences have been shocked, amazed and sometimes terrified by creator Richard O’brien’sÂ vision– an ode to sci fi B-pictures, classic rock and sexual transgression– for over three decades now, and the phenomenon shows no signs of abating. But the best part is, if you live in San Francisco, you don’t have to take our word for it! Come see for yourself!
June 6 & 7: ROSEMARY’S BABY
Scripted and directed by Roman Polanski in 1968, Rosemary’s Baby was not just a jolt to the horror genre upon its initial release, but it permeated popular culture in a way not seen since Psycho eight years earlier. Based on the 1967 Ira Levin novel of the same name, Rosemary’s Baby is an almost verbatim recreation of its source text, and most agree that it’s an improvement. Such is the genius of Polanski no doubt. The color schemes, the wardrobe, the sets, and most of the characterizations â€“ all are taken straight from the book. Yet through Polanski’s masterful direction, Sam “Chinatown” O’ Steen’s immaculate editing, and William “Bullitt” Fraker’s stylized camera work, the movie is infused with a cinematographic intelligence that makes Levin’s original text seem destined to have been just an outline for a screenplay.
June 13 & 14: FRIDAY THE 13TH
Andâ€¦ on Friday June 13: a Special Musical pre-show by band and performance troupe Victoria and the Vaudevillians sure to enhance the evening’s terror!
In 1957, a young boy named Jason Voorhees drowned at Crystal Lake. In 1958, two camp counselors were murdered at Crystal Lake Camp. Now in 1979, Crystal Lake is finally being reopened with a new owner and the help of a few new counselors. Ignoring the warnings from a local wacko, the murders begin again at the hands of a mysterious stalker. Is it revenge the killer is looking for? Who will survive the nightmare and live to tell the story?
about the band:
Victoria and the Vaudevillains is not your ordinary band: they are visually stunning performance art. Fronted by Victoria Victrola, the Vaudevillains punk cabaret sound ranges from soft and pretty to clanging, banging piano rock, all mixed up to create an atmosphere of a twisted burlesque carnival. http://www.myspace.com/victoria
June 20 & 21: SERENITY
Saturday June 21st is Solstice Lounge night (21+ w/ID) with drinks sure to put down even a Reaver as the Clay celebrates closing night for this season of the Late Night Picture Show.
Based on the series Firefly and the brainchild of Joss Whedon (who thought up Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel), Serenity is a futuristic, sci-fi battle between Serenity’s crew and… well, everyone else. River Tam is a scrawny psychic who can take out the occupants of an entire bar in a few minutes thanks to her government honed fighting ability. The crew sees the raw power behind this tiny girl and starts to shake in their space boots. Should they kick her and her brother Simon off the ship? Or keep them? Leave them? Or keep them? When River spills the beans about “Miranda,” the gang on board Serenity get a little more than they bargained for, and set off on this super-space adventure.
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