Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Eat Drink Film at the Los Gatos Theater but Maybe Not at the Alamo Drafthouse

Former Balboa Theater operator Gary Meyer has started a new online magazine called Eat Drink Film.  The name is self-explanatory.  Subscription is free.

The latest issue already has provided me with information I can use.  Arthur Dong, whose film Hollywood Chinese I enjoyed, has written a book titled Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970.  Again, the title tells you exactly what the book is about.  The book can be purchased with a 15% discount until May 31.

In conjunction, the San Francisco Main Public Library is having an exhibit also called Forbidden City, U.S.A.: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970.  The exhibit runs until July 6.

The book & exhibit look fascinating to me.


In today's SF WeeklySherilyn Connelly reports that the long anticipated Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission Theater may be delayed until 2015 if not cancelled.  The Alamo Drafthouse website is still stating that it is "slated to open during the third quarter of 2014."

After an impressive spurt of national expansion, the Alamo Drafthouse has seemed to retrench in the past year.  Plans for a Manhattan movie theater were cancelled last year.  Now the future of the SF Alamo venue is called into question.

I hope it opens here but I'm retaining a healthy skepticism.


The Los Gatos Theater, also long delayed, has re-opened.  It's official re-opening was May 2 but it held a few events in the preceding days.

Formerly operated by Camera Cinemas, it appears as though the Los Gatos is now independent.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is presently screening there.  I am anxious to see the interior of the theater.

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