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Mystery Science Theater 3000-- Live at The Castro!

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Mystery Science Theater 3000-- Live at The Castro!

It's the MST3K Joel team, live, in person, with optional food beforehand and afterwards.

Please join me Tuesday, August 3rd, 8PM, at The Castro Theatre in SF, as the MST3K Cinematic Titanic crew, which includes Joel, Crow, Tom Servo, and the others, work over a 1968 film they call “War of the Insects”.

Info: http://www.castrothea... (

“SF Sketchfest Presents
Cinematic Titanic: “War of the Insects”
with Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl from “Mystery Science Theater 3000”
Live In Person! One Night Only!

CINEMATIC TITANIC returns to the glorious Castro Theatre to provide hilarious riffing to 1968’s War of the Insects, a feature-length Japanese B-movie, never before performed live in the Bay Area. Cinematic Titanic is the new feature-length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV's Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester). Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on 'the unfathomable', 'the horribly great', and the just plain 'cheesy' movies from the past.

About War of the Insects: In this dreadful atomic age sci-fi “thriller” from Japan, a deranged scientist hell bent on taking over the world genetically engineers deadly killer bees to do his bidding. But is his plan worse than the movie’s dubbing? Seldom seen since 1968, and it’s apparent why.

Information at http://www.sfsketchfe... (

Tickets may be purchased at the box office (the day of the show only) for $30; or in advance, online for $30, by phone for $31.75.

Avoid the will call or ticket line by ordering at least 10 days in advance and they can mail your ticket for free.
At the SF Sketchfest Cinematic Titanic show at the Castro in February, there was a long line and it came close to selling out.

Someone posted a question about tickets--- Yes, tickets are general admission, purchased individually on your own, not through this meetup group. It will be more likely we can sit as a group, if you can arrive early.

Doors and box office open at 7PM. I have already ordered my ticket, and plan to arrive at the theater at 6:50PM. I’ll send out my cell phone # beforehand and leave it on until 8PM.

Online tickets:
http://www.ticketweb.... (

Phone Tickets: (
Call Center Hours: Monday – Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 7am-6pm, Sunday 7am-5pm

If you like, meet me for food or drink beforehand and/or afterwards at the Nirvana Restaurant & Bar, one block away.

In case there’re a lot of us, here’re the details…:

Look for me. I’ll send out my cell phone # on Sunday, August 1st to those who have signed up by Saturday, July 31st. I’ll be wearing my black derby hat. I’ll be taking my hat off and turning my cell phone off at 8PM and putting/turning them back on when the performance lets out.

Getting there:
BART: Exit at the Civic Center Station, then pay $2 and enter the MUNI turnstiles to go back downstairs and take an underground MUNI outbound K, L, M, or T train to the MUNI Castro Station. You’ll see the Castro Theater when you exit the Castro Station.
Going home, take any inbound train back to the Civic Center Station to transfer back to BART.
Muni is $2 each ride and you’ll be at the theater about 15 minutes after getting off of BART.
If you’re coming from the East Bay, you’ll find it easier to get a seat on the way in if you transfer between BART and MUNI at the Embarcadero Station rather than the Civic Center Station.

DRIVING: Metered parking on the street or in the small parking lot near the theater is free after 6PM. Finding a spot can be challenging sometimes.
If you get frustrated, you can always find free parking on the other side of Market St., up the hill on States St.: ([masked]&lon=[masked]&zoom=18&q1=200%20States%20St.%2C%20San%20Francisco%2C%20CA&q2=429%20Castro%20Street%2C%20San%20Francisco%2C%20CA&gid2=[masked])
States St. is 2 hour parking ‘till 9PM, but I’ve not gotten a ticket parking at 6PM on a weeknight. It’s about a 10-minute walk from there to the theater.

If you’re coming for food beforehand:
I plan to be at Nirvana’s from 6PM to 6:45PM. This will also be happy hour. Look for me in the covered patio in the rear of the restaurant.
Nirvana is at 544 Castro St., one block from the theater: ([masked]&lon=[masked]&zoom=18&q1=429%20Castro%20Street%2C%20San%20Francisco%2C%20CA&gid1=[masked]&q2=544%20Castro%20Street%2C%20San%20Francisco%2C%20CA&gid2=[masked])
Nirvana info: (

The MST3K performance:
I will be in line if there is one, otherwise I will hang out where they take the tickets from 6:50-7:00PM, then go inside. I hope to get seats in the center section about 10 rows back. It will be more likely we can sit as a group, if you can get there early. If you arrive afterwards, come on in and look for us.

If you’re up for food afterwards:
After the movie, meet at the box office. I’ll hang there for about 5 minutes, then head on back to Nirvana. If you’re late getting down there, don’t worry, it should be ok. See above for directions to Nirvana. Nirvana closes the bar at 10PM, with last seating at 9:30PM, so we may have to go elsewhere.

See you at the show!