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Community Events

Since opening in January 2000, Rialto Cinemas has distinguished itself through its programming, service and overall experience, including working with community groups to present events that enhance our community through the universal medium of cinema.
  • Working with KRCB-FM to see either an advance screening of an upcoming film or a repertory screening of a classic or little-seen film. By working together the theatre was able to support public radio and help provide a valuable incentive to help KRCB in its membership drives.
  • Working with the Montgomery High School Cine Club to provide a venue for the 2004 Parting Shots Film Festival
  • Joining forces with the City of Santa Rosa Department of Parking and Transit and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition to present encore screenings of biking related movies like The Triplets Of Belleville (in 2004), Breaking Away (in 2005) and Pee Wee's Big Adventure (in 2006) as bike-in movies to kick off Bike-to-Work Week.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium and renting the documentary Love And Diane for a benefit screening for The Living Room, a daytime drop-in shelter in downtown Santa Rosa serving homeless women and children.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium and procuring an advance screening of the films Innocence and Keeping Mum to benefit the Council On Aging and its Senior Legal Services program.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium and assisting in the procurement of an advance screening of the film Greenfingers to benefit the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.
  • Donating popcorn to the Austin Creek School and Rincon Valley Middle School film night programs.
  • Donating screenings of various films to the Slater Middle School Advanced Reading program. Films screened have included October Sky, The Mighty, Finding Forrester, Whale Rider, Rudy, Goal! The Dream Begins, Duma, In the Shadow of the Moon, Second Hand Lions, and Simon Birch.
  • Celebrating the continued success of KRCB-FM's program Mouthful with screenings of What's Cooking, Mostly Martha, The Cheese Nun And The Secrets Of Salsa.
  • Previewed Paul Schwartz's documentary FD profiling many of the brave men and women who are the Santa Rosa Fire Department as well as presented an encore screening of the film honoring Paul Schwartz and benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
  • Presenting performances for the Sonoma County Library Foundation's Sonoma County Reads Program. Performances included a sing-along showing of O Brother Where Art Thou? to tie into Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath; White Fang for Jack London's Call Of The Wild; and Like Water For Chocolate, accompanied by a chocolate tasting in the lobby, for The House On Mango Street. In October, 2006 a chocolate tasting and screening of the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast At Tiffany's raised nearly $4,000 to support vital Sonoma County Library programs, including the children's Summer Reading Program and Sonoma County Reads. In October 2007 the chocolate tasting and screening continued with Singin' in the Rain. Watch for another exciting Sonoma County Library Foundation event in October, 2008!
  • Donating the use of an auditorium for a screening of the documentary The Education Of Shelby Knox featuring a post-film Q&A with Shelby Knox and director Rose Rosenblatt to benefit Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium and renting the films Rhapsody in August and The Original Child Bomb to raise awareness of the Hiroshima Remembrance Day events and benefit the Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium for the Sonoma County premiere of Not In Our Town Northern California. Accompanied by a panel discussion following the film, this event helped further the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights' goal of creating awareness around hate-motivated behavior in our community.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium and procuring an advance promotional screening of the documentary Murderball. For this screening, 180 tickets were given free of charge to CRI (Community Resources for Independence) to distribute members of the disabled community.
  • Presented special morning showings of many films for school groups, accommodating student and teacher interests in films relevant to both middle and high school curriculums.
  • Donating the use of an auditorium and procuring an advance screening of Avenue Montaigne to benefit Friends of Art Quest.
  • Presenting an exclusive complete theatrical screening of HBO's Emmy Award-winning film Angels in America on World AIDS Day, 2007 to help raise awareness of the ongoing AIDS pandemic. Face to Face - Sonoma County AIDS Network was a beneficiary of donations for the screening.
If you are interested in a special event or screening please contact us at sebastopol@rialtocinemas.com.