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Free Movie: The Big Lebowski

The Coen Brothers' giddy send-up of detective noir screens March 10 for free in Orinda



Each month, I get to introduce a classic movie on the big screen at the Orinda Theatre. One of the joys of hosting the Classic Film Series is to show movies that might have played in this historic venue in their original run. For example, Casablanca was released right around the time the Orinda opened, so it's fun to think about what it might have been like to go see that great film on opening night.

For our March movie, we picked a beloved cult classic from 1998—easily the most contemporary film we have played in the series. It's the Coen Brothers' deliriously funny shaggy dog detective noir The Big Lebowski. A loose retelling of the classic Raymond Chandler detective story The Big Sleep—told through the hazy perspective of a weed-tinted bowler named The Dude (Jeff Bridges, never better)—Lebowski takes the audience on a bizarro tour of L.A. in the early 1990s and is packed with wonderful performances. Coen faves John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro all shine.

Like many cult favorites, Lebowski wasn't a big hit in its initial release. The film's status has exploded with time, however, and today, there are Big Lebowski parties and midnight screenings across all over America. 

I believe that our March 10 screening will be the first time The Big Lebowski will ever be seen in the Orinda Theatre—so let's pack the place and give The Dude the warmest East Bay welcome that we can.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on March 10. We had a nearly full house in February, so remember to arrive early to find parking and first available seating.

See you at the movies!