California’s State Capitol may not be the first locale that you think of when you think of local film and movie events. Our neighbors to the south often eclipse us, but that doesn’t mean that the city of Sacramento doesn’t have tons of fun film events to attend throughout the year.
Sacramento is home to one of the few Drive in Theater’s left in the entire country that is open year round. The Sunset Theater boasts six screens, digital projection, and awesome double feature deals for adults and children-in fact they have Family Fun Night events every Tuesday in spring for an even better deal. For a trip down memory lane that is both nostalgic and unique you’ll definitely want to head to the Sunset.
Sacramento also boasts a summer French Film Festival. This year’s festival will be hosted at the charming Crest Theater. The festival begins June 21st and continues through the 30th. No word on the schedule of events for 2014 yet, but last year’s schedule featured short films in conjunction with showings available all day both weekends of the festival.
Kick-off your Independence day with a family movie at the ballpark. This year’s film is Angel’s in the Outfield and it is absolutely free. Seating is on the grass and is first come, first serve. Bring your own snacks or purchase concessions at the ballpark. The film starts at dark and cartoons will be played before the show.
The Crest is also home to Sacramento’s Japanese Film Festival only a few weeks following its French counterpart. This year’s festival is the 10th annual and takes place July 18-20th and the schedule is still in progress. Check their website for details as the dates grow nearer.
Film & Music Fest
Typically held in mid-September, the Sacramento Film and Music Festival turns 15 this year. All genres of film are included in the festival and it is known as a Sacramento staple. Featuring music from local bands set to videos made my local filmmakers and the 10X10, a 10 minute film made in 10 days, the film and music festival is sure not to disappoint.
For the brave of heart, Sacramento also hosts an October horror film festival that features submissions by local filmmakers. This year’s deadline for submission is just around the corner in early May and the festival will be held in early October.
So whether you’re looking for family fun or to have your pants scared off, look no further than California’s State Capitol.