Added screenings of The Big Chill and Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back!

We’re very excited to announce two additional screenings that honor our King Vidor recipient, Lawrence Kasdan.

THE BIG CHILL (1983)
A bittersweet reunion of 30-something college friends is both cathartic and revealing, when eight friends pour out their hearts after a funeral for one of their old pals. Amidst laughter, tears and a raucous dinner cooked in the big Southern house they’ve rented for the weekend, writer/director Lawrence Kasdan hits all the right notes while exploring the angst of a generation of college graduates who’ve moved on to adulthood and all its complexities.

Sponsored by Franklin M. Seiple, Architect

Saturday, March 21 
Downtown Centre Cinemas – 1:15pm

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK  (1980)
 “The Star Wars saga continues!” While the Death Star has been destroyed, the battle between the Empire and Rebel Alliance rages on…and the evil Darth Vader continues his relentless search for Luke Skywalker.

This was Lawrence Kasdan’s first Star Wars writing assignment in a series of sequels and is still considered by many the best of the entire blockbuster franchise. “The Empire Strikes Back isn’t just the best Star Wars film. As a piece of filmmaking, it’s all by itself.” Vulture – Every Star Wars MovieRanked, David Edelstein, 12/18/19.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this epic classic on the Big Screen at the Fremont Theatre after an interview with screenwriter and 2020 King Vidor Award recipient Lawrence Kasdan, with TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz.

Saturday, March 21st
Fremont Theatre – 9pm
(Rush tickets available at the door)


Check out some of our Hollywood & Vines events! Movies paired with Food, Wine & More!

BREAKING BREAD: A CULINARY CELEBRATION OF CULTURE
A visually beautiful film that offers a recipe for tolerance and hope. Combining Arab and Jewish chefs and asking them to collaborate on mouthwatering local dishes. Film is paired with Middle Eastern appetizers.
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EAST MEETS WEST: 91 HARVESTS+FULL BOAR
Come experience two local Paso Robles wine films featuring J. Dusi Winery and Eberle Winery. Between the films, there will be a Q&A with Adam Montiel of The Cork Dorks and tasting of wines in the lobby.
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TASTES AND FLAVORS OF JAPAN
Travel to Japan for the day with a screening of local short documentary film MOCHITSUKI and feature THE STORY BEYOND A CUP OF SAKEIncludes with mochi and sake tastings 
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OCTAGON BARN MOVIE NIGHT
Come and see the newly renovated historic dairy barn on the edge of SLO, and enjoy great
wines, beer and an Old San Luis BBQ dinner, followed by WALKIN’ CALIFORNIA: PISMO
PRESERVE
and the highly acclaimed THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM.
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Major Thanks to Loyal Sponsor

Downtown Centre Cinemas
The oldest existing theatre company in the western U.S., the roots of the Sanborn Theatres family business go all the way back to the beginning of the industry. After working in production on early movies in Hollywood, A.L. Sanborn first acquired a playhouse in 1919 that featured a pipe organ. In 1921, he opened the Rivoli in Southern CA, followed by the Rialto in 1923 and the El Monte that featured another novelty – air conditioning! Son Bruce got involved in the theatre company in 1989 and supervised the growth from 25 to 100 theatres, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. In 1990, the company became The Movie Experience as it modernized seating and state of the art projection. In March 1994, the Downtown Centre Cinemas 7 opened and the Sanborn Family is honored to once again partner with the SLO Film Fest.


We are deeply saddened to hear about the devastation in Nashville. Our Nashville-themed Opening Night we will be celebrating the beauty and voices of Nashville. We will be accepting donations at our event for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee #nashvillestrong

Movies Matter!

Wendy Eidson & Skye McLennan
SLO Film Fest Director & Associate Director