Cerrito Theater returns with new agenda

posted by Michael Zoldessy on November 10, 2006 at 4:30 am

EL CERRITO, CA — Restored to deco glory, the Cerrito Theater prepares for first screenings in a half century.

The Cerrito Theater is so close to completion you can almost smell the popcorn from San Pablo Avenue. The $5 million restoration project has been underway for more than five years, but soon, very soon, the popcorn will pop, the lights will dim and the Cerrito will open for business again.

On November 1, Casablanca and Pulp Fiction will become the first movies screened in the Cerrito since the mid 1960s, breathing new life into the deco theater that was originally built in 1937.

Unlike most movie theaters, the two theaters at the Cerrito will have couches and cocktail tables as well as the traditional theater seats. Beer is served in the theater, and food, like homemade pizza, can be ordered and delivered to customers during the flick. Two cafes, the It Club and the It Club Too, flank the theaters entrance, so moviegoers can hang out before and after movies.

To read more on this, go to The North Gate News.

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stevenj on November 13, 2006 at 5:49 am

The theater has been open about a week. The re-opening of the Cerrito finally brings a sense of place to an otherwise downtown-less downtown. Banners have been strung from the lightpoles and at night the marquee and verticle sign are a beacon along San Pablo Ave. Good luck to the Cerrito.

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