Events & Appearances

NOIR CITY San Francisco – Castro Theater – 30 January to 3 February @ Castro Theater
Jan 30 – Feb 3 all-day

Noir City 17

January 30 – February 3, 2018
Castro Theater, San Francisco

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The world’s most popular film noir festival, NOIR CITY, will return to the fabulous Castro Theatre  January 25-February 3, 2019 for its 17th year!

Enjoy 10 glorious days and nights of noir-themed double features 24 movies in all, as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen in one of America’s greatest movie palaces!

Your hosts — Alan K. Rode, charter director of Film Noir Foundation, and FNF founder and president Eddie Muller — will guide you through the festival’s dark alleyways.poster for Noir City 17 San Francisco 2019

The NOIR CITY 17 film schedule, program notes, and active links to purchase tickets will be available the Noir City website, at 6pm Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

NOIR CITY Passport

As always, festival devotees will enjoy 10 glorious days and nights of noir-themed double features as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen, in one of America’s greatest movie palaces: San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. Secure your spot for all the fun with an all-access NOIR CITY 17 PASSPORT for $125.

This all-access festival pass grants the bearer:

✽ Entry to all films during NOIR CITY 17
✽ Separate passport holders’ queue for early admittance to the theater for all shows
✽ Opening night passholders’ reception (Castro mezzanine) beginning at 6 pm on Jan. 25, 2018

Proceeds from the NOIR CITY festival help fund the FNF’s restoration and preservation efforts year-round. This is your chance to have a smashing time AND preserve a valuable art form. The perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your family! BUY YOURS TODAY!

NOTE Passports are non-transferable. All sales are final. Patrons MUST arrive 20 minutes before showtime to be guaranteed a seat!

Local San Francisco Metro Connections

SF MuniThe Castro Theatre can be reached by the Muni Metro K, L and M lines,
as well as the F-Market Streetcar, and the #24, #33, #35, and #37 bus lines.

Bay Area Rapid TransitBART riders can transfer to the Muni Metro from the following stops: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center.

The Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA | 415-621-6120

NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD – March 29-April 7, 2019 – American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater @ The Egyptian
Mar 29 – Apr 7 all-day
NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD - March 29-April 7, 2019 - American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater @ The Egyptian


March 29 through April 7, 2019

The longest-running film noir festival in Los Angeles returns to the Egyptian Theatre with another incredible lineup of rarities, presented as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen! To celebrate the 21st anniversary of NOIR CITY: HOLLYWOOD, we delve deep into the archives to present a sizzling slate of sinister cinema – virtually all in glorious 35mm, including prints struck expressly for this series. Returning as hosts are Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode, whose Film Noir Foundation will proudly present 10 consecutive nights of sinuous shadows, dangerous desires and bitter beauties brimming with broken dreams. Join us in NOIR CITY!

Get up-to-date details here:  American Cinematheque


All screenings hosted by Eddie Muller and/or Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – May 9-12, 2019 – Palm Springs @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Alan K. Rode will be producing and hosting the 20th year of this venerable world-class event.

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
May 9-12, 2019
Palm Springs Cultural Center (Supple Theater)
2100 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

More info:

. . . and still more info (keeping checking back for updates!).

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NOIR CITY, CHICAGO – September 6-12, 2019 – Music Box Theater @ Music Box Theatre
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day

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11th Anniversary NOIR CITY CHICAGO

Alan K. Rode co-hosts a sterling line-up of classic film noir (to be announced — please check this space) which once again will be held at Chicago’s’ gorgeous Music Box Theatre — a classic itself.

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613


Turn onto Southport Avenue and it’s hard to resist the neon beacon that lures cinephiles from across Chicagoland with eight flickering letters—Music Box. It’s a promise of more than just entertainment, but a total experience. It’s a community of strangers coming together over the anticipation of that familiar red velvet curtain rising toward the twinkling, star-covered ceiling. It’s a symbol of Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films.

Walk by the ticket window and step back in time to when the ‘20s were still roaring and the theatre first opened—just two months before The Great Depression—on August 22, 1929. It was a time before fluorescent lighting, megaplexes, and artificial butter. And although our ticket prices have changed slightly over the past 90 or so years, the butter on our popcorn is still real.

Each of our theatre’s 800 seats has a story to tell. The stories are more colorful than the decades of films projected here; of first dates that took place under the starry sky; of family traditions revolving around the annual White Christmas singalong; of the ghost some say haunts the theatre to this day. Join us, and make a few memories of your own. It’s certain to be an experience as unforgettable as the film itself.

The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD and television markets throughout the United States.