The Mission's beloved, historic Roxie Theater has weathered a pandemic and is getting ready to reopen for in-person screenings. And they're asking Bay Area cinephiles to vote on what movie they want to see grace their main screen when that happens.
The Roxie still doesn't have a firm reopening date — they're still being cagey and just saying that it is "coming soon." But starting last week, they asked fans on Facebook to submit nominations for a reopening weekend feature — and they received a lot.
"Of the thousands of titles you submitted in our poll last week, there were 14 clear favorites," the theater says on Facebook. "Now we need you to choose 3 from these final fourteen."
They're going for a democratic process, narrowing down the pack, and one clear winner will be screened for audiences when the theater finally reopens to the public, more than a year after closing its doors and going virtual.
The 14 "clear favorites" among the movie picks submitted in the poll earlier this month include indie favorites like Lost In Translation, Mulholland Drive, and But I'm a Cheerleader; locally shot indies The Last Black Man In San Francisco and Colma: The Musical; cinema classics Vertigo and Johnny Guitar; and some beloved foreign films like Amelie, Cinema Paradiso, and The Lure. There's also Hairspray, Vampariah, and My Neighbor Totoro.
The Roxie is asking everyone to pick three, and they appear to be doing a ranked-choice type thing. You can vote for your favorites here, and the deadline is Monday, April 19, at 5 p.m.
In the meantime, you can help support the Roxie by "renting" their package of Oscar-nominated shorts. For the first time, via the Roxie Virtual Cinema, you can watch the full programs of Oscar-nominated animated shorts, live-action shorts, and documentary short-subject films from the comfort of your couch. Each program of nominees is $12 for a 48-hour viewing period, or you can purchase the whole collection of 15 short films for $30. They need the money! Give it to them! Then you'll be the only one among your friends who actually knows what to vote for in the Oscar pool in those short-film categories.
Also playing in the Roxie Virtual Cinema is the movie that Vulture recently called the "first masterpiece of 2021", titled This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection, the first feature film from the small African nation of Lesotho ever to screen at Sundance or have a theatrical release in the U.S.