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News, The Snitch No More Popcorn: Another Big Theater Chain Pulls Out of Chronicle Movie Listings -- And Bay Area Indy Cinemas Threaten to Follow, En Masse

No More Popcorn: Another Big Theater Chain Pulls Out of Chronicle Movie Listings -- And Bay Area Indy Cinemas Threaten to Follow, En Masse

For those who eschew hand-held digital devices, the San Francisco Chronicle used to be your best bet when you needed to figure out what films were playing where thanks to the paper's comprehensive movie listings page. Unfortunately, as is the…
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Film,

Film Orgy

It may seem ridiculous (not to say gluttonous) to travel directly from the densely scheduled Telluride Film Festival to the even more densely scheduled Toronto International Film Festival. But despite their proximity on the calendar (the 33-year-old Telluride always takes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Capturing the Falcon

Capturing the Falcon

I recently found out that one of my friends has never seen the classic Humphrey Bogart film The Maltese Falcon. Since we were just then sitting at the bar in John's Grill, "Home of the Maltese Falcon" -- the spot…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Neighborhood Movie Theater

Back before the monolithic octoplex darkened the cinematic landscape, every proudly individual San Francisco neighborhood had its own movie theater. But like the fabled Market Street movie palaces of yore, most of these anchoring icons are either extinct or endangered…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Mything the Point Some S.F. legends are worth repeating: I like Matt Smith's positing of the Zygmunt Arendt House story as a new urban legend . However, having been involved in many of the '70s…
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Film, Reel World

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion In early October, local filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi put out a call to 100 peers for short pieces inspired by the events of Sept. 11 (Reel World, Oct. 24, 2001). "At first, no visual ideas seemed…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Neighborhood Movie House

Like the afternoon newspaper, a neighborhood movie house is a money-losing venture and a dying breed. The few that remain in San Francisco are on the chopping block -- except one little theater tucked deep in the Richmond District, the…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Big Bad Mama As a responsible member of the Fourth Estate, I can in no way condone the five-finger discount. But filmmaker Jeanne Finley, back in town and teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts after a few…
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Film,

Reel World

Semi-Tough No word yet if Attorney General Dan Lungren will call out the dogs on the Caviar Buyers Club (aka the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.), but perhaps he should: There's a lot of evidence the Richie Riches behind the proposed…
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Reel World

My Brilliant Career The gawky S.F. State grad, proud of his new degree in film production, couldn't help overhearing the United Artists Theaters exec huddling with his minions. "Don't go hire some film buff," one staffer cautioned the boss. "That's…
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