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THE KING’S SPEECH arrives with 12 nominations!

THE KING’S SPEECH arrives with 12 nominations!

THE KING’S SPEECH arrives with 12 nominations!

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General Admission: $10.00, Senior (60+) or Child (11-): $7.50
(First matinee show of each movie is bargain price: $7.50)
Bowl Party ( #super ), The King’s Speech ( #speech ), Mumbai Diaries (
#mumbai ), Now Playing at the Vogue: The Fighter ( #vogue ),
Remembering Playland DVD On Sale Now ( #playland ), Left in the Dark:
Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres ( #dark ), Photos in the
Lobby: Left in the Dark ( #lobby ), Theater Information ( #info ).

SHOWTIMES – DAILY THROUGH THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011

THEATRE #1

THEATRE #2

BLACK SWAN ( #swan ) (R) – In Dolby Stereo
5 Oscar® Nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Actress
Ends Tonight
Darren Aronofsky directs Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis,
and Barbara Hershey
(12:10), 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25

MUMBAI DIARIES (DHOBI GHAT) ( #mumbai ) (NR)
Exclusive San Francisco Limited Engagement
Final Week – Ends next Thursday
(12:30), 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10

SHOWTIMES – FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 THROUGH THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011

THE KING’S SPEECH ( #speech ) (R) – In Dolby Stereo
12 Oscar® Nominations, Including Best Picture
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
(12:00), 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30
Wednesday Only: (2:25), 4:50, 7:15, 9:30

Final Week – Ends Thursday
(12:15), 2:35, 4:40, 7:00, 9:10
Wednesday Only: (2:35), 4:40, 7:00, 9:10

UPCOMING EVENTS

Super Bowl Sunday, February 6:
Come watch the Super Bowl on the Balboa’s big screen! ( #super )
Advance Tickets on sale here (

Sunday, February 27:
Oscar® Party!
With MC Reed Kirk Rahlmann

Sunday, March 6:
Balboa Birthday Bash!
A night at the movies in 1926 with a live vaudeville show, birthday
cake and prizes.
Watch for details. Advance tickets on sale soon.

COMING SOON

Opens March 18

PHIL OCHS: There But For Fortune

*Showtimes subject to change. Please check website (

I am just back from the Art House Convergence and Sundance Film
Festival and have a lot of catching up to do. I saw 26 films in my 5
days in Park City and hope to give you a report on what I liked next
week.

HOME OF THE OSCAR® NOMIMEES
On my last day at the Festival, the Academy Award nominations (
announced. It is an impressive list topped by THE KING’S SPEECH
getting 12 nominations! We were proud to have had the first screenings
anywhere at the Telluride Film Festival last Labor Day. There was a
tribute to Colin Firth with his co-star Geoffrey Rush and director Tom
Hooper joining the celebration. You can see Colin’s acceptance

THE KING’S SPEECH also garnered 14 BAFTA (the British equivalent to
the Oscars®) nominations. And it finally opens at the Balboa this

ONLY AT THE BALBOA!

We will have a drawing in the lobby for a framed Telluride Film
Festival poster signed by Colin Firth (
Tributees, actress Claudia Cardinale (
signatures of Guest Director Michael Ondaatje (
and poster artist/Pixar Art Director Ralph Eggleston (
visit the Balboa. No purchase necessary.

We also have a limited number of original KING’S SPEECH posters to
give away at selected weekend screenings.

We have compiled a lot of interesting links for THE KING’S SPEECH
including actually recordings and films clips sent to us by Jim
Cassedy. See below ( #speech ).

Many of the nominated films have played the Balboa during the past
year and we are proud to have presented them. Of course there are
glaring omissions in my opinion, especially the absence of Lesley
Manville as Best Actress for her amazing performance in Mike Leigh’s
ANOTHER YEAR and any number of deserving feature documentaries such as
nominated in that category. I feel both Danny Boyle and Chris Nolan
deserved to be nominated for Best Director in another tough race. I
could go on at length about the Best Foreign Film category and what is
missing but that is the situation every year. I am pleased about three
of the nominations that are new or upcoming releases I urge you to
see: BIUTIFUL, IN A BETTER WORLD, and INCENDIES. All are excellent
choices by fine filmmakers at the top of their game. The various
shorts categories are also difficult with literally hundreds of fine
works made each year. Two doc shorts that I have seen and think
especially deserve your attention are POSTER GIRL and THE WARRIORS OF
QUIGANG. The animated and live action shorts are all good with
particular note to a student short that soars, GOD OF LOVE.

Read an interesting theory about nomination snubs (

We hope that you will join us on Sunday, February 27 to celebrate the
Academy Awards in style. This annual event is always lots of fun. In
depth details next week, but you can buy your tickets now at the
Balboa Box Office or online:

SEE THE DOCUMENTARY NOMINATIONS AT THE BALBOA
All of the documentaries, feature length and shorts, will play at the
Balboa in association with SFSU’s Documentary Film Institute on
February 22, 23, and 24. The full schedule will be announced soon.

Sincerely,
Gary

SPECIAL EVENT

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 @ 3:30PM:
SUPER BOWL PARTY

Come to the Balboa Theatre on Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th to watch
the game on our big screen! The show starts promptly at 3:30pm. All
seats are $5 and we will be including broadcast of the half-time show
and all commercials. Be sure to wear your team colors!

Doors open at 3:00 and the show starts at 3:30pm sharp.

The Super Bowl will be projected in High Definition with Dolby Stereo
through the Meyer Sound system.

For more information about this year’s Super Bowl:

ABOUT THIS WEEK’S MOVIES

Rated R for some language. 1 hour 58 minutes.
12 Oscar Nominations, Including Best Picture.

Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (John Adams) teams with
screenwriter David Seidler (Tucker: A Man and His Dreams) to tell the
story of King George VI. When his older brother abdicates the throne,
nervous-mannered successor George “Bertie” VI (Colin Firth)
reluctantly dons the crown. Though his stutter soon raises concerns
about his leadership skills, King George VI eventually comes into his
own with the help of unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue
(Geoffrey Rush). Before long the king and Lionel have forged an
unlikely bond, a bond that proves to have real strength when the
United Kingdom is forced to flex its international might.

“What we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful
personal one.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times (

“So flawlessly appointed and impeccably acted, you can’t help but
succumb. Undeniably charming.”
– Christy Lemire, Associated Press (

“The true story, as re-interpreted by screenwriter David Seidler, is
enthralling. Firth’s performance communicates the psychic agony of a
painfully shy man thrust into a highly public position and paralyzed
by the idea that an empire hangs on his every word.”
– Claudia Puig, USA Today (

“Solid drama with a rousing climax – a fully satisfying and uplifting
period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing
historical accuracy.”
– James Berardinelli, Reel Views (

“As good as one-on-one acting gets. A monumental test of wills between
an imperturbable layman and a king who insists with royal certitude.
Never feels anything less than real.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times (

“Acting simply doesn’t get much better. The rare work of art that’s
also an immense crowdpleaser.”
– Lou Lumenick, New York Post (

“A couple of marvelous performances can elevate solid,
well-carpentered material and make it something special. ‘The King’s
Speech’ transcends the ordinary, even the ordinary within its own
framework.”
– Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune (

INTERVIEWS WITH:
Director Tom Hooper on NPR (audio) (
Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hooper (video) (

HEAR AND SEE THE REAL KING GEORGE VI
San Francisco projectionist and a technical advisor to the Balboa Jim
Cassedy writes:

When I first saw “The King’s Speech” at Telluride last year, I
immediately knew it was a ‘winner’. It so impressed me, and so piqued
my curiosity about the real king that when I got back to my room that
night, I went online and actually found and listened to audio of the
actual King George VI in the BBC radio online archives.

I like the radio clip since it’s the actual version of the speech
that’s featured at the end of the movie.

The above link will take you to a BBC news page that contains embedded
links to both audio & video (film) clips of the actual king’s
speeches.

Or, here’s a direct link to the film clip (

The film clip is rather long, but very interesting as it consists of
semi-edited raw British Pathenews footage. You don’t get to see or
hear the king until 3min into it.

Not Rated. In Hindi and English with English Subtitles. 1 hour 40

Shai (Monica Dogra), an affluent investment banker on sabbatical,
strikes up an unusual friendship with Munna (Prateik), a young and
handsome laundry boy (dhobi) with ambitions of being a Bollywood
actor, and has a brief dalliance with Arun (Aamir Khan), a gifted
painter. As Shai’s relationship with Munna deepens, Arun discovers in
his house a secret about Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra), the previous tenant,
that brings meaning to his solitary life. As they slip away from
familiar moorings and drift closer together, the city finds its way
into crevices of their inner worlds.

“Easily one of the most dynamic cinematic portraits of that decaying,
vibrant, impossible city. The film is all the more remarkable since
it’s a first feature by Rao, who has worked in the Hindi film industry
but never written or directed a film before.”
– Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle (

“A shimmering, loving homage to the formerly named Bombay in all its
teeming, crowded vitality. Rao casts a magic spell like a rich
tapestry in which are interwoven the intersecting lives of three
people.”
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times (
– Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter (

“Amir Khan himself is effectively brooding as the haunted Arun, but
the revelation here is Prateik, a star in the making, whose good looks
and youth serve him well in the role of Munna.”
– Mike Goodridge, Screen Daily (

“Rao makes a smooth segue into writing and directing, sensitively
tapping into the diverse energies of India’s most populous city and
subtly capturing nuances of caste and class.”
– Alissa Simon, Variety (

Toronto Premiere Coverage (

Our friends at the Vogue Theatre, on Sacramento St., are playing THE
FIGHTER starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams. The
next week.

REMEMBERING PLAYLAND DVDS NOW ON SALE AT THE BALBOA!

After a long, successful run at the Balboa, Tom Wyrsch’s REMEMBERING
PLAYLAND is finally on sale, just in time for the holidays. They can
be purchased anytime at our box office for $16 + tax ($17.50).

LEFT IN THE DARK: PORTRAITS OF SAN FRANCISCO MOVIE THEATRES
NOW ON SALE AT THE BALBOA FOR $39.95

Photographs by R.A. McBride
Edited by Julie Lindow
Published by Charta Art Books
8 x 10 cardstock cover, 59 photographs, 168 pages, 11 chapters

Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres celebrates
twentieth-century movie theatres and moviegoing through lush
full-color fine art photographs and personal essays with both
scholarly and literary appeal.

Praise for Left in the Dark:
“This book is absolutely wonderful!! I had the greatest time reading,
or rather, immersing myself in its sense of celebration. It not only
evokes the spirit and experiences of another era, but shows that they
are definitely alive today, even in these grim alienated times. In
that sense the book is as politically important as it is entertaining,
informative and revelatory. I am going to give copies of it to
everyone who carries the torch for a more humanistic collective
society and see if we can re-enliven that quality of spirit and
community.”
—Jerry Mander, Author: In the Absence of the Sacred; Four Arguments
for the Elimination of Television; The Case Against the Global Economy

The book is now available at the Balboa box office and through
www.leftinthedark.info.

PHOTOS IN THE LOBBY: LEFT IN THE DARK: PORTRAITS OF SAN FRANCISCO
MOVIE THEATRES BY R.A. MCBRIDE.

Find out more in our Lobby Art Gallery. (

BALBOA THEATRE INFO

3630 Balboa Street (between 37th and 38th Avenues)
San Francisco 94121
(415) 221-8184
www.BalboaMovies.com

Bike Rack in front of the Balboa
Muni Bus #31 Balboa or #18 46th Ave stop at Balboa & 37th. Also #5
Fulton and all 38 Geary Street buses stop two (long) blocks from
Relatively easy Parking

San Francisco’s Favorite Neighborhood Theatre
Voted by the Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, SF Gate’s A List and San
Francisco Magazine

#1 ON BAYLIST
Thanks for your many kind words about the Balboa winning #1 Indie
Theater on BayList (
We love all the comments on the list too.

AND SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE
The readers of San Francisco Magazine (
) also love us. We came in number 2 and can’t complain about the
company.

Seniors (60+) and Children (11-) $7.50
Bargain Matinees: All seats $7.50 for shows in ( )
SCHOOL NIGHT – Mondays are School Days and Nights. With proof of
being a student, faculty, or staff member, your admission is only
$7.50 on Mondays.
Cash Only.

with proof of your birth date.

BALBOA DISCOUNT/GIFT CARDS
And at all other times you can get the “I’d Rather Be At the
Balboa” Discount Card. What a deal! 5 tickets to the Balboa for
$37.50. That is only $7.50 per show. Good every day and night. And
two people can use the card at once. You can go on a date even when
you are low on cash with your Balboa Card. A savings of up to $12.50!
Makes a perfect gift as well. And every Discount Card comes with a
FREE POPCORN! The Balboa cards are available at our box office (cash
(credit cards accepted).

The Balboa is Wheelchair and Handicapped Accessible.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANTS

One of the strengths of the Balboa is our neighborhood. Other than the
bank, all the businesses are family owned and operated. The
restaurants are especially wonderful. On the outer Balboa strip there
are 24 eating establishments by my count. You can eat Chinese,
Japanese, Egyptian, Italian, American, Mexican, Seafood and Vietnamese
cuisines. The foods are fresh, distinctive and all reasonably priced.
The media food critics have only discovered a few of them but the
locals know a good thing. We encourage you to enjoy a meal at one of
these fine eateries while visiting the Balboa. All are within easy
walking distance. And please send us reviews and recommendations we
can share with our other guests. Send reviews to balboafans (at)

We love it when you send us a review of a neighborhood restaurant
you’ve enjoyed. We encourage you all to write about your culinary
adventures in the Outer Richmond. Check out the Menu Book in our lobby
and our COMPLETE RESTAURANT LIST (

Balboa Theatre News

View it here.
BLACK SWAN (R) – In Dolby Stereo5 Oscar® Nominations including Best Picture, Director, and ActressEnds Tonight
Darren Aronofsky directs Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, and Barbara Hershey(12:10), 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25

MUMBAI DIARIES (DHOBI GHAT) (NR)
THE KING’S SPEECH (R) – In Dolby Stereo12 Oscar® Nominations, Including Best Picture
Exclusive San Francisco Limited EngagementFinal Week – Ends Thursday(12:15), 2:35, 4:40, 7:00, 9:10
Super Bowl Sunday, February 6:Come watch the Super Bowl on the Balboa’s big screen!Advance Tickets on sale here.
With MC Reed Kirk RahlmannAdvance tickets on sale here.
Sunday, March 6:Balboa Birthday Bash!A night at the movies in 1926 with a live vaudeville show, birthday cake and prizes.
Opens March 18PHIL OCHS: There But For FortuneOfficial Website

Please check website for updates.

I am just back from the Art House Convergence and Sundance Film Festival and have a lot of catching up to do. I saw 26 films in my 5 days in Park City and hope to give you a report on what I liked next week.
On my last day at the Festival, the Academy Award nominations were announced. It is an impressive list topped by THE KING’S SPEECH getting 12 nominations! We were proud to have had the first screenings anywhere at the Telluride Film Festival last Labor Day. There was a tribute to Colin Firth with his co-star Geoffrey Rush and director Tom Hooper joining the celebration.
You can see Colin’s acceptance speech and more here.
THE KING’S SPEECH also garnered 14 BAFTA (the British equivalent to the Oscars®) nominations.
And it finally opens at the Balboa this week.
ONLY AT THE BALBOA!We will have a drawing in the lobby for a framed Telluride Film Festival poster signed by Colin Firth and the other two Tributees, actress Claudia Cardinale and director Peter Weir. The poster also has signatures of Guest Director Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) and poster artist/Pixar Art Director Ralph Eggleston. You can enter when you visit the Balboa. No purchase necessary.
We also have a limited number of original KING’S SPEECH posters to give away at selected weekend screenings.
We have compiled a lot of interesting links for THE KING’S SPEECH including actually recordings and films clips sent to us by Jim Cassedy. See below.
The various shorts categories are also difficult with literally hundreds of fine works made each year.
Two doc shorts that I have seen and think especially deserve your attention are POSTER GIRL and THE WARRIORS OF QUIGANG.
The animated and live action shorts are all good with particular note to a student short that soars, GOD OF LOVE.
Read an interesting theory about nomination snubs.
All of the documentaries, feature length and shorts, will play at the Balboa in association with SFSU’s Documentary Film Institute on February 22, 23, and 24. The full schedule will be announced soon.

Sunday, February 6 @ 3:30pm:SUPER BOWL PARTYCome watch the Super Bowl on the Balboa’s big screen!
Come to the Balboa Theatre on Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th to watch the game on our big screen!
All seats are $5 and we will be including broadcast of the half-time show and all commercials. Be sure to wear your team colors!
The Super Bowl will be projected in High Definition with Dolby Stereo through the Meyer Sound system.
Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (John Adams) teams with screenwriter David Seidler (Tucker: A Man and His Dreams) to tell the story of King George VI. When his older brother abdicates the throne, nervous-mannered successor George “Bertie” VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly dons the crown. Though his stutter soon raises concerns about his leadership skills, King George VI eventually comes into his own with the help of unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Before long the king and Lionel have forged an unlikely bond, a bond that proves to have real strength when the United Kingdom is forced to flex its international might.
Official WebsiteView Trailer
“What we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful personal one.”
“So flawlessly appointed and impeccably acted, you can’t help but succumb. Undeniably charming.”
“The true story, as re-interpreted by screenwriter David Seidler, is enthralling. Firth’s performance communicates the psychic agony of a painfully shy man thrust into a highly public position and paralyzed by the idea that an empire hangs on his every word.”
“Solid drama with a rousing climax – a fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.”
“As good as one-on-one acting gets. A monumental test of wills between an imperturbable layman and a king who insists with royal certitude. Never feels anything less than real.”
“Acting simply doesn’t get much better. The rare work of art that’s also an immense crowdpleaser.”
“A couple of marvelous performances can elevate solid, well-carpentered material and make it something special. ‘The King’s Speech’ transcends the ordinary, even the ordinary within its own framework.”
INTERVIEWS WITH:Director Tom Hooper on NPR (audio)Tom HooperColin FirthGeoffrey Rush (video)Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hooper (video)
San Francisco projectionist and a technical advisor to the Balboa Jim Cassedy writes:
When I first saw “The King’s Speech” at Telluride last year, I immediately knew it was a ‘winner’.
It so impressed me, and so piqued my curiosity about the real king that when I got back to my room that night, I went online and actually found and listened to audio of the actual King George VI in the BBC radio online archives.
I like the radio clip since it’s the actual version of the speech that’s featured at the end of the movie.
Listen to “the real king.”
The above link will take you to a BBC news page that contains embedded links to both audio & video (film) clips of the actual king’s speeches.
Or, here’s a direct link to the film clip.
The film clip is rather long, but very interesting as it consists of semi-edited raw British Pathenews footage. You don’t get to see or hear the king until 3min into it.

Not Rated. In Hindi and English with English Subtitles. 1 hour 40 minutes.
Shai (Monica Dogra), an affluent investment banker on sabbatical, strikes up an unusual friendship with Munna (Prateik), a young and handsome laundry boy (dhobi) with ambitions of being a Bollywood actor, and has a brief dalliance with Arun (Aamir Khan), a gifted painter. As Shai’s relationship with Munna deepens, Arun discovers in his house a secret about Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra), the previous tenant, that brings meaning to his solitary life. As they slip away from familiar moorings and drift closer together, the city finds its way into crevices of their inner worlds.
“Easily one of the most dynamic cinematic portraits of that decaying, vibrant, impossible city. The film is all the more remarkable since it’s a first feature by Rao, who has worked in the Hindi film industry but never written or directed a film before.”
“A shimmering, loving homage to the formerly named Bombay in all its teeming, crowded vitality. Rao casts a magic spell like a rich tapestry in which are interwoven the intersecting lives of three people.”
“Amir Khan himself is effectively brooding as the haunted Arun, but the revelation here is Prateik, a star in the making, whose good looks and youth serve him well in the role of Munna.”
“Rao makes a smooth segue into writing and directing, sensitively tapping into the diverse energies of India’s most populous city and subtly capturing nuances of caste and class.”
Our friends at the Vogue Theatre, on Sacramento St., are playing THE FIGHTER starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams.
The Mostly British Film Festival begins next week.
After a long, successful run at the Balboa, Tom Wyrsch’s REMEMBERING PLAYLAND is finally on sale, just in time for the holidays.
They can be purchased anytime at our box office for $16 + tax ($17.50).

Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres celebrates twentieth-century movie theatres and moviegoing through lush full-color fine art photographs and personal essays with both scholarly and literary appeal.
“This book is absolutely wonderful!! I had the greatest time reading, or rather, immersing myself in its sense of celebration. It not only evokes the spirit and experiences of another era, but shows that they are definitely alive today, even in these grim alienated times. In that sense the book is as politically important as it is entertaining, informative and revelatory. I am going to give copies of it to everyone who carries the torch for a more humanistic collective society and see if we can re-enliven that quality of spirit and community.”
—Jerry Mander, Author: In the Absence of the Sacred; Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television; The Case Against the Global Economy
More info.
The book is now available at the Balboa box office and through www.leftinthedark.info.
PHOTOS IN THE LOBBY: LEFT IN THE DARK: PORTRAITS OF SAN FRANCISCO MOVIE THEATRES by R.A. McBride.
Also #5 Fulton and all 38 Geary Street buses stop two (long) blocks from Balboa.
Thanks for your many kind words about the Balboa winning #1 Indie Theater on BayList.
The readers of San Francisco Magazine also love us. We came in number 2 and can’t complain about the company.
SCHOOL NIGHT – Mondays are School Days and Nights. With proof of being a student, faculty, or staff member, your admission is only $7.50 on Mondays.
And at all other times you can get the “I’d Rather Be At the Balboa” Discount Card. What a deal! 5 tickets to the Balboa for $37.50.
That is only $7.50 per show. Good every day and night. And two people can use the card at once. You can go on a date even when you are low on cash with your Balboa Card. A savings of up to $12.50! Makes a perfect gift as well. And every Discount Card comes with a FREE POPCORN! The Balboa cards are available at our box office (cash only) or online (credit cards accepted).

We love it when you send us a review of a neighborhood restaurant you’ve enjoyed. We encourage you all to write about your culinary adventures in the Outer Richmond. Check out the Menu Book in our lobby and our COMPLETE RESTAURANT LIST.
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