GODZILLAFEST Returns to San Francisco in a Monstrous Way
Fifteen years ago Bay Area Film Events put on its first Godzillafest at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. 22 films over 7 days with an array of guests including Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Kubo, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Jerry Ito, Russ Tamblyn and Ed Keane. Flash forward 15 years and 35 shows later and Bay Area Film Events is bringing back Godzillafest!
Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and 3Fish Studios are coming together to bring a huge Godzilla event to the Historic Balboa Theater in San Francisco. Taking place over a three day weekend, Godzilla stomps onto the big screen in twelve movies on both screens of the Balboa. The lineup includes classic films that have not been seen in theaters since Bay Area Film Events presented the very first Godzillafest at the Castro Theater in 2004.
The weekend kicks off with a very rare evening on Friday August 23rd. Fans can pick between two screens. Theater 1 will recreate the original 1971 double-feature of MONSTER ZERO and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. Both films will be presented in English as they originally were for this amazing drive-in flashback. Theater 2 will have a special presentation of FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON (aka FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD) followed by its sequel, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. Both films will be subtitled so all the connections between the two, eliminated in the dubbed versions, will be back for fans to follow.
The special guest for this event is Michael Dougherty, writer/director of the newest Godzilla adventure, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS. Michael will be doing a special presentation on Saturday night as his film is paired with DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. He will also be around the entire weekend to talk to fans and share his experiences making the 2019 movie.
Along with Michael Dougherty will be a lobby full of collectible, toy and art vendors. Artists include Nick Shev, Gaz Gretsky, Lenny Romero and Larry Quach. Toy vendors will be Kevin deAntonio of Kong’s Kave of Collectibles and James Osborne of Vinyl Kaiju Legion. Friday night only, we have a special X-Plus table with representatives from the company selling figures. They will also be donating a 25cm Mechagodzilla to the weekend’s prize giveaway.
As the weekend goes on, both screens will be offering Godzilla’s original movies in glorious TohoScope, all of which will have Godzilla fans leaping out of their seats. See below for the full schedule.
Tickets are available for day and weekend passes. Single movie tickets will be available at the door. A 3-day Weekend Pass will get purchasers a special lanyard, button and commemorative silk-screened poster by 3Fish Studios. A trifold program will be available to all attendees while supplies last and everyone will have a chance to win some amazing prizes throughout the weekend.
Godzillafest runs all weekend long at the Balboa Theater. Ticket information, a full film schedule and additional details are available at bayareafilmevents.com/shows.
There is nothing like seeing classic films on the big screen. It’s not just a movie, it’s an event.
3630 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
Godzillafest Film Schedule!
**All movies are dubbed in English, unless otherwise noted.
■ Friday August 23
7pm: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (90 min) subtitled
9pm: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (88 min) subtitled
7pm: MONSTER ZERO (94 min)
9pm: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (88 min)
■ Saturday, August 24
Noon: GODZILLA VS MEGALON (81 min)
2pm: GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (84 min)
4:30pm: TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (83 mins)
7pm: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS  (120 mins)
9:30pm: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (89 mins)
12:30pm: SON OF GODZILLA (86 mins)
2:30pm: RODAN (82 mins)
4:45pm: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (88 mins)
7:15pm: MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (89 mins) subtitled
9:30pm: MONSTER ZERO (94 mins) subtitled
■ Sunday, August 25
11am: GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (81 mins)
1pm: TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (83 mins)
3:15pm: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (90 mins)
5:30pm: MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (1964) (89 mins)
7:45pm: GHIDORAH THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (93 mins) subtitled
Noon: GODZILLA VS MEGALON (81 mins)
2pm: SON OF GODZILLA (86 mins)
4:15pm: RODAN (82 mins) subtitled
About Bay Area Film Events
Since 2004, Bay Area Film Events has brought shows, events and film festivals to theaters throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
From Godzilla to The Beatles, from Bond to The Three Stooges, from music to comedy, Bay Area Film Events has presented films, bands, guests and more.
We have had the honor of sharing the stage with a number of guests that have all been great and a pleasure to work with. Bay Area Film Events has welcomed Richard Kiel, Judith O’Dea, Julie Adams, Ben Chapman, Russ Tamblyn, Marta Kristen and even stars from Japan like Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Kubo, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Shinichi Wakasa and Hiroshi Maruyama.
Venues we’ve worked with include The Castro Theatre, Auctions by the Bay, The Grand Lake, The Historic Bal Theatre, The Del Mar, The Crest, The Cerrito and even AT&T Park in conjunction with the SF Giants.
Shows have traveled from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz to Sacramento.
As we continue to plan new and innovative shows, we invite fans along for the ride. Come out and enjoy films in theaters, the way they were meant to be seen and make new memories with us!