about Who is Rialto Cinemas?

Who is Rialto Cinemas?

Since January 2000, we've been "Bringing the Best Films in the World to Sonoma County" to Rialto Cinemas Lakeside--Santa Rosa's premiere movie theatre for the best independent, foreign and specialty films from around the world. Readers of the North Bay Bohemian have voted us Sonoma County's Best Movie Theatre for ten consecutive years.

Now we're bringing our brand of independent, customer friendly experience to Berkeley's Elmwood Theatre. We'll feature a diverse mix of films including the best quality films from Hollywood and a diverse array of independent and foreign films from around the world. To borrow a line about the quality of movies available right now from the Directors' Welcome letter of the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, "there is plenty of light shining in the dark." We strive honor the magic of the movies by presenting them in a way that lets the film shine. Come join us in the dark and we will shine new light on the world.

We believe as human beings we are by our very nature social creatures and there is something truly magical about sitting the dark with a group of strangers and sharing a common experience, which at its essence is what going to the movies is. Friends run into other friends, people meet and lose themselves in the world of film. To the end of satisfying that longing for enchantment in a communal setting we are working hard at Rialto Cinemas™ Elmwood to make sure that our patrons have a great experience.

We have a genuine interest in working with community groups and non-profit organizations to present events that bring new customers to the theatre and to the neighborhood. Plus, we have a proven track record of hands-on involvement and dedication to long-term success.

Join us as we raise the curtain on Rialto Cinemas Elmwood--Creating Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre.

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