Movie Matinees for All Ages 2019


Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.

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  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • Upcoming
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Past Films

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    • Saturday, December 28 3 PM
    Lotte Reiniger
    Germany, 1926

    Hand-Tinted 35mm Print
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    One of the world’s first animated features, Reiniger’s enchanting work uses intricate silhouettes to enact a tale from the Arabian Nights. It offers “exquisite craftsmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism, and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry” (Time Out).

    Judith Rosenberg on piano

  • The Wizard of Oz

    • Saturday, November 30 1:30 PM
    Victor Fleming
    United States, 1939

    Recommended for ages 5 & up

    What better activity for a holiday weekend than a trip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodsman? Experience this enduring classic the old-fashioned way, in a 35mm print.

  • M. Hulot's Holiday

    • Sunday, October 27 2 PM
    • Friday, November 29 1:30 PM
    Jacques Tati
    France, 1953

    Recommended for ages 9 & up

    This cinematic postcard from a seaside summer resort is “the most important comic work in world cinema since the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields . . . an event in the history of sound film” (André Bazin).

  • My Uncle

    • Saturday, November 16 3 PM
    Jacques Tati
    France, Italy, 1958

    English Version
    Recommended for ages 10 & up

    The wonders of an ultramodern house come in for classic Tati mockery. “Slapstick heaven” (New Yorker).

  • Free Screening: Films by Sally Cruikshank

    • Sunday, November 3 3 PM

    Free Admission!
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    Enjoy the wildly colorful, wonderfully detailed films of animator Sally Cruikshank, including the psychedelic classic Quasi at the Quackadero and her musical animations for Sesame Street.

  • CANCELED—Abbas Kiarostami: Five Short Films

    • Saturday, October 26 3 PM

    This screening has been canceled due to the UC Berkeley campus power shutdown. Please watch this page for updates on rescheduling and ticket refund information.

    Digital Restorations
    Recommended for ages 10 & up

    Anyone curious about what episodes of Sesame Street would look like if they were directed by one of the world’s greatest filmmakers should catch this collection of shorts by Kiarostami, made for an Iranian children’s cultural institute.

  • Green Days

    • Sunday, September 29 3:30 PM
    Ahn Jae-hoon, Han Hye-jin
    South Korea, 2011

    Free Admission!
    Recommended for ages 10 & up

    Three high schoolers come of age in a small Korean town in this warmhearted, hand-drawn animated feature, presented in conjunction with Korea Week 2019.

    Ahn Jae-hoon in Person

  • Ernest & Celestine

    • Saturday, September 28 3:30 PM
    Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
    France, Belgium, Luxembourg, 2012

    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2012 Oscars, this magical film (inspired by the Belgian children’s books) follows Celestine the mouse, a dentist-in-training, and Ernestine the bear, a musician and poet.

  • The White Balloon

    • Saturday, August 31 3:30 PM
    Jafar Panahi
    Iran, 1995

    Imported Print
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    A seven-year-old girl navigates the busy streets of Tehran while trying to buy a goldfish in the utterly charming debut of Jafar Panahi (3 Faces). Cowritten by Abbas Kiarostami, it’s “a reminder that the simplest forms of filmmaking can be the most satisfying” (Los Angeles Times).

  • The Black Stallion

    • Saturday, July 27 3:30 PM
    Carroll Ballard
    United States, 1979

    Digital Restoration
    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    A young boy’s friendship with a wild stallion anchors this mesmerizing adaptation of the classic novel. “May be the greatest children’s movie ever made” (Pauline Kael).

  • Song of the Sea

    • Saturday, June 22 3 PM
    Tomm Moore
    Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Denmark, 2014

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    The director behind The Secret of Kells returns with a gorgeous animation inspired by Irish legends and Celtic folk art. This Miyazaki-like wonder is “one of the most blissfully beautiful animated films ever made” (Toronto Review).

  • March of the Penguins

    • Saturday, May 4 3 PM
    Luc Jacquet
    France, 2005

    Recommended for ages 6 & up

    Follow the exploits of emperor penguins as they migrate, search for food, raise their young, and waddle about the ice in this documentary, one of the biggest nonfiction hits of the 2000s. Presented with English narration by Morgan Freeman.

  • Work and Play: Three Charlie Chaplin Shorts

    • Saturday, March 16 3 PM

    Recommended for ages 7 & up

    Spend an old-fashioned afternoon at the movies with three shorts that find Charlie Chaplin’s character at work and at play: Sunnyside, A Day’s Pleasure, and Pay Day.

  • Alamar

    • Saturday, February 16 2:30 PM
    Pedro González-Rubio
    Mexico, 2009

    Recommended for ages 10 & up

    This effortlessly beautiful film follows a Mayan father and his young son as they spend a summer working (and playing) along the Mexican Caribbean coast.

  • The Gold Rush

    • Friday, December 28 2:30 PM
    • Saturday, January 19 3:30 PM
    Charles Chaplin
    United States, 1925, reedited 1942

    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    A hapless prospector tries his luck in the frozen north in a film that glitters with some of Charlie Chaplin’s most memorable nuggets of comedy.