The original Bay Area noir film festival celebrates its 11th anniversary at its usual majestic venue, San Francisco's own Castro Theatre, starting on January 23 with a lineup of 27 films—including three brand new 35mm restorations. Enjoy tales of madness and angst, ranging from legendary Oscar-winning performances to obscure rarities, all presented as originally intended, in original, glorious 35 mm celluloid.
Moviegoers will be treated to special surprises and guest appearances during the festival, including "Miss Noir City 2013" Peggy Cummins. Don't miss this extravaganza including the best of noir, all set in the historic Castro Theatre, the perfect location to set the mood for drama with a capital D. Located at Market and Castro, it's convenient to visitors by Muni, taxi, or even on foot from local hotels.
Exclusive to this event, the Castro features the West Coast premiere of the ultra-rare adaption of African-american author Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son (1951)—starring himself. Coming on the heels of Martin Luther King weekend, it's a perfect sequel. Also featured are the U.S. premieres of stunning 4K digital restorations of the famed noir thriller Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the locally shot 1962 film, Experiment in Terror.
Tip for after the film:
Drop by Zuni Cafe on Market Street for gourmet California fusion dining. This James Beard Award winning restaurant with a chic and diverse clientele opened in 1979. A vibrant Parisian-style standing-only copper bar greets you as you enter Or mix it up at the Barracuda Japanese Restaurant at 2235 Market for fun, colorful, and experimental Neo-Japanese Cuisine with a mix of Brazilian and Peruvian flavors.