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Free movie: THE KARATE KID

Turn back the clock to the summer of 1984, and join us for this month's free movie: One of the great crowd-pleasers of all time.

It's hard to believe it's been 31 years since we first watched Ralph Macchio move from New Jersey to the San Fernando Valley, dealt with sadistic bullies, learned karate from a janitor, and wound up crane-kicking his way into the finals of the All-Valley Karate Tournament and into the heart of Elisabeth Shue. Wow, there's a lot going on in that sentence.

There's a lot ot love about The Karate Kid, which was a surprise hit in the summer of 1984, a feel-good sleeper that snuck into multiplexes showing Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Director John G. Avildsen (Rocky) crafted very appealing underdog story that had no special effects, but tons of heart. I remember seeing the film for the first time in a packed theater—there's something exciting about seeing a movie with an audience that's on summer vanacation—and I'm hoping we can recreated that excitement when we show The Karate Kid at the Orinda Theatre on June 11.

The fun starts at 7 p.m., and admission is FREE—so make sure to arrive early to find parking and best available seating. We should have a full house for this one, which will add to the fun. As always, the program begins with a trivia contest. Our friends at Republic of Cake will be baking Karate Kid-themed cupcakes as prizes!

See you at the movies!