Even though at least two or three major motion pictures are released every week, it seems like choices for true cinephiles are getting fewer and further between. Mind you, we're all big fans of 'Jackass 3D', and there's nothing we'd rather do than join the septuagenarian set for a Saturday afternoon screening of Hilary Swank's latest based-on-a-true-story docudrama. But the fact is that there are tons and tons of different options all across the country for folks who want to watch films that fall off the beaten path. And the problem is that it's hard to know where or when these films are showing, specifically because they're off the radar, underpromoted, or otherwise obscure in comparison to the studio juggernauts that typically dominate the entertainment landscape.

Inspired by our own love of repertory houses, and of movie-related materials in general, we're assembling a weekly calendar of hand-picked screenings, events and opportunities at theaters and other venues across the country. Take a look at our picks below and feel free to send in any links, suggestions, or feedback to leads AT cinematical.com. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at any of these events!

Seattle

October 15-24


The 15th Annual Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is already well underway, and continues through October 24. Check out the full schedule and read synopses of films and events at http://threedollarbillcinema.org/10/.

October 18-21

Nouvelle vague fans, take note! Jean-Luc Godard's classic, 'Breathless,' is playing in Seattle courtesy the independent-minded theater chain Landmark. Distributor Rialto Pictures has provided a fully restored 35mm print, the first in the film's history. (Click here for more details.)



New York



October 18, 2010

David Lynch's 'Wild at Heart' is screening at 8:00pm at New York's IFC Center. The screening will be followed by a discussion and book signing with author Barry Gifford. (Click here for more details.)




Atlanta



October 18-21

Nouvelle vague fans, take note! Jean-Luc Godard's classic, 'Breathless,' is playing in Atlanta courtesy the independent-minded theater chain Landmark. Distributor Rialto Pictures has provided a fully restored 35mm print, the first in the film's history. (Click here for more details.)


Austin, Texas


October 19

Stanley Kubrick's terrifying classic, 'The Shining,' plays at 7:00pm at the Alamo Drafthouse's storied Ritz Theatre. In honor of the screening, the theatre has designed two special cocktails to help you get through the film's tense moments. (Click here for more details.)

October 23

On Saturday at 2:00pm, join hundreds of fellow Michael Jackson fans at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz location for 'Thrillerfest: Thrill the World,' an event to choreograph and chronicle the world's largest choreographed dance – of "Thriller," of course. (Click here for more details.)






Los Angeles



October 21

Los Angeles' Aero Theatre is paying tribute to late editor Sally Menke with a screening of Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction.' No word yet what guests might be in attendance, but it's probably a safe bet that Tarantino will drop by to pay his respects, cinematically speaking. (Click here for more details.)

October 21

Los Angeles' Silent Movie Theatre continues its series of giallos with a triple feature: 'Amer', a 2009 film directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, 'Perfume of the Lady in Black,' Francesco Barilli's 1974 thriller starring Mimsy Farmer, and 'What Have You Done to Solange?,' a 1972 film by Massimo Dallamano that is considered among the thriller subgenre's best entries. (Click here for more details.)

October 22

Laemmle's Royal Theatre plays host to not one or two but three of the 'Alien' films on Friday night. Starting at 7:00pm, they'll be screening Ridley Scott's 2003 cut of 'Alien,' followed by the theatrical cuts of James Cameron's 'Aliens' and David Fincher's 'Alien 3.'


October 23


Los Angeles' Cinefamily is bringing back William Castle's theatrical presentation of his horror movies with screenings of two of his most infamous films, complete with their accompanying gimmick! First up is 'Macabre,' whose attendees will receive a $1,000 life insurance policy from Lloyd's of London, and 'Mr. Sardonicus,' which features the punishment poll, a survey which allows the audience to decide the fate of the film's villain. (Click here for more details.)



Chicago


October 22-31

Starting Friday, cinephiles can bring the whole family to the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, which showcases films made not only for, but by kids. There is a full schedule online now and group rates are available. (Click here for more details.)
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