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Dying to Know

Ram Dass & Timothy, running time 96 minutes. Starts Fri, Oct 2 at Sierra Cinemas.

In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention and questioning authority. As a result, with his simple mantra “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” Leary spawned a global counter culture movement. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation, author of “Be Here Now,” who continues in his 80’s teaching service through compassion. With interviews spanning 50 years this new documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, invites us to share their intimate and entertaining conversations including their last, encouraging us to ponder questions about life, death, drugs & the biggest mysteries of the human condition. With never before seen interviews of Leary and Ram Dass, director Gay Dillingham suggests that their contributions to the science of the mind and the heart are more relevant today than in the past. Blessed with delightful and articulate onscreen personalities, the film interweaves many elements to create a deep and joyful assessment of two iconic lives. “The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me. When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage – they were a kind of blessing, considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of It.” –Robert Redford.

The Walk

Rated PG, running time 123 minutes. Starts Fri, Oct 9 at Sutton Cinemas.

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.


Rated PG, running time 111 minutes. Starts Fri, Oct 9 at Sierra Cinemas.

Starring Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried. The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny, to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Bolshoi Ballet

Giselle, Shows Sun, Oct 11 at 1pm at Sierra Cinemas.

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits, who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy, and ultimate redemption through the power of love.

El Capitan, running time 60 minutes. Shows Sun, Oct 11 at 7pm at The Nevada Theatre.

Widely regarded as one of the best climbing films ever made, El Capitan has been unavailable for years. The original 16 mm film, faded and scratched over 40 years, was no longer good enough to show and to share… But a major digital restoration effort has resulted in a “new” version—not merely as good as the original film—but much better. Over 86,000 frames, one frame at a time, had to be digitally cleaned and repaired. Now you can experience this spectacular film on the big screen. Originally filmed in 1968 when climbing Yosemite Valley’s 3,000-foot wall was in its infancy, finally finished ten years later in 1978, El Capitan has become a classic. Tonight’s program also includes “40 Years Later,” a new short film which features recent interviews with two of the climbers. Filmmaker Fred Padula will be here in person to provide the story of this film’s unique and colorful history. Tonight’s showing is a benefit for SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 14-18, 2016. Special Admission $10.

The Goonies, Rated PG, running time 106 minutes. Shows Wedn, Oct 14 at 7pm at Del Oro Theatre. Del Oro Theatre is going back to the 80’s again! This time with totally freaky movies to get you warmed up for Halloween. A classic adventure story that stars Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate’s ancient treasure.

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