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Free movie: THE GOONIES

1980s classic screens June 12 at the Orinda Theatre; Oakland's Grand Lake Theater lowers prices and debuts exciting new Oakland Originals documentaries

Searing heat and kids out of school means one thing: Summer is here!

This year, we decided to screen a couple of 1980s classics that are fun for kids (and the whole family, of course), as our free summer movie classics at the Orinda Theatre.

First up is Richard Donner's adventure film, The Goonies. This one, about a group of kids who go searching for hidden treasure, was a moderate hit at the box office when it was released in 1985, but its reputation and following has grown substantially over the years.

For some, The Goonies has become the quintessential summer film from the '80s—we're expecting a big turnout for our free screening on June 12 at 7 p.m., so arrive early to find parking and best available seating. As always, the program begins with trivia questions—prizes are cupcakes from Republic of Cake.



On July 10 at 7 p.m., we will be showing Steven Spielberg's incomparable classic E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. I'm getting choked up just thinking about it.

Remember, these screenings are FREE. So tell your friends, or better, bring them along.

For information about the Orinda Theatre, click here.




In other news, there are some neat things happening at the gorgeous Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.

First of all, the theater owners have lowered some ticket prices to $5—all shows starting before 6 p.m. (including 3D movies) are just $5, and all movies are just $5 all day every Tuesday.

Also exciting is the new Oakland Originals series, which premieres at the Grand Lake on May 29 at 6 p.m. These short documentary films feature profiles of Oakland-based artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. Local filmmakers Jim McSilver and Erin Palmquist received a grant from the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program to produce the series.

If you can't attend the opening, the filmmakers have arranged to show individual documentary shorts before select screenings in the Grand Lake's beautiful main auditorium, adding yet another reason to support this historic local cinema.