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‘Rocky’ rings in Sonoma’s next vintage film series

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The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation’s 16th annual Vintage Film Series will include movies from “Rocky” to “Chinatown.”

One Monday a month, January through June, the theater will screen classic films as part of a fundraising effort by the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation. Here’s a quick look at the Vintage Film Series schedule:

Monday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. – “Rocky” (1976) will kick off the series. Directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Sylvester Stallone, the best picture Oscar winner of 1976 stars Sylvester Stallone, Talla Shire and Burt Young and follows the plight of a small-time boxer who gets the rare opportunity to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a single bout. “Rocky” won Oscars for best picture, director and film editing and was nominated for seven others. Rated PG (120 minutes).

Monday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. – “Some Like it Hot” (1959) was directed by Billy Wilder. The film stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in a story of two male musicians who, after witnessing a mob hit, flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women.

“Some Like It Hot” was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1959, winning one for costume design. Not Rated (121 minutes).

Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. - “Sayonara” was directed by Joshua Logan and stars Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, James Owens, Miiko Taka, Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki. The story follows a U.S. Air Force major in Kobe, Japan who confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

“Sayonara” won four Oscars in 1957 including two supporting actor awards for Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki, and was nominated for six other Oscars. Unrated (147 minutes).

Monday, April 16, 7 p.m. – “Sunset Boulevard” was directed by Billy Wilder and stars William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim. The film is about a screenwriter who is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. The film won three Oscars in 1950 including best screenplay, and was nominated for eight others. Not rated (110 minutes).

Monday, May 14, 7 p.m. “Chinatown” was directed by Roman Polanski and stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. “Chinatown” is the story of a private detective who is hired to expose an adulterer and then finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. “Chinatown” won one Oscar in 1974 for best original screenplay and was nominated for 10 others. Rated R (130 minutes).

Monday, June 11, 7 p.m. – “Tin Cup” was directed by Ron Shelton and stars Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. The film is the story of a washed-up golf pro working at a driving range who tries to qualify for the U. S. Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival’s girlfriend. Rated R (135 minutes).

Vintage Film Series tickets can be purchased for $10 per individual movie, in advance or at the door. Ticket “packets,” which include one ticket each to all six films, are available for $50.

Wine by the glass is offered for a $7 donation at each event.

All proceeds benefit the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation. Patrons are invited to “dress in the era” for each film. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with show time at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets or ticket packets, call 996-9756.