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See Rita Hayworth on the big screen in El Cerrito

Few actresses sizzled on the big screen like Rita Hayworth, and if you doubt that, go see “Gilda” (1946) the next Cerrito Classic, showing at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. All seats are $8.
For an appetizer, check out the scene above, then hear Rita sing her big number below.

Linda Moss, of Friends of the Cerrito Theater, which hosts the classics series, calls the film “a really entertaining, noirish creation” and we can’t argue.

Here’s the announcement from the friends:

Like “Casablanca,” “Gilda” draws from a shadowy World War II-era of menace and intrigue. “Gilda” is set in Buenos Aires, in a city where covert German fascists exercise considerable power.

Also like “Casablanca,” “Gilda’s” central plot deals with a triangle, but the affairs in “Gilda” are both twisted and extremely powerful.

A down-and-out gambler, played by Glenn Ford, is taken on as an assistant to George Macready’s character: the ruthless boss of an international cartel, who runs an illegal casino.

The shocker is that Ford discovers that Macready’s new wife is the torrid Gilda, with whom he had a recent and incendiary affair.

You’ll never forget Rita Hayworth as Gilda, who burns up the screen with her silken sexiness, especially when she performs “Put the Blame on Mame.”

“Gilda” defined Rita Hayworth as the reigning screen siren for her era.

The movie shows once only, on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. Cerrito Classics are popular: it’s always a good idea to buy your tickets in advance, at the box office oronline. Plan to arrive early, to select your seats and to order beer or wine and delicious, freshly-made food.

Have you checked out The Scene? It’s a stylish place to meet before or after the show, or any evening at all. Opens daily at 5:00 and has its own special menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and desserts, plus a great wine list.

Details: 510-273-9102 or www.rialtocinemas.com.

Chris Treadway