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Screening: January Giallo 2024 with Cinematic Void Founder Jim Branscome In-Person, OPERA, and STRIPPED TO KILL at The Tenth Avenue Arts Center [1/11/24]

Screening: January Giallo 2024 with Cinematic Void Founder Jim Branscome In-Person, OPERA, and STRIPPED TO KILL at The Tenth Avenue Arts Center [1/11/24]

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Featuring the San Diego Premiere of Severin's Brand New 4K Restoration of OPERA, from their forthcoming home video release of the film

Doors at 6:00 PM (bring food in and eat at The Top of The Tenth Rooftop Lounge, details below)

Severin Films will be in the building with a merch table featuring collectible stuff you might not be able to find elsewhere. Arrive early!

Show at 7:00 PM

The Giallo - a film subgenre loosely defined as an Italian murder mystery that tends to incorporate black-gloved killers, sexy ladies, and hallucinatory imagery - just seems to hit better in January. At least that’s what Cinematic Void founder Jim Branscome thought back in 2017 when he started the January Giallo series in Los Angeles at The American Cinematheque. Fast forward to 2024, and January Giallo is a nationwide phenomenon amongst old school movie outfits in almost every major city. And don’t forget: we launched Popcorn Reef last January here in San Diego at the Regal Mira Mesa with a January Giallo screening. If it wasn’t for you amazing folks coming out to see us play STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER, who knows if our Mom would be as proud of us as she is today?

We’re celebrating January Giallo every year, and as we officially turn one, we can’t be more stoked to welcome our big brother Jim down here to San Diego to help us present two of our favorite giallic expressions: Dario Argento’s OPERA, and Katt Shea’s LA-set American Giallo, STRIPPED TO KILL. Jim is a world expert on Italian genre cinema, so don’t miss the chance to ask him every Giallo question you’ve ever wanted an answer to. This is Popcorn Reef’s first birthday party, and a celebration of everything we love about movies.

On January 11th, come slash your way through Italy, all the way to the West Coast!

OPERA Synopsis:

A hooded figure forces a young diva to watch as he murders performers in a production of Verdi's opera "Macbeth."

OPERA Trailer:


When Detective Cody Sheehan (Kay Lenz, BREEZY) discovers the body of a stripper from the Rock Bottom dance club, she wants the case. But the only way Cody can get the assignment is to go undercover - uncovered - at the club.



-This show is at The Tenth Avenue Arts Center (930 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101)

-Doors will open at 6:00 PM, and we encourage you to bring your own food in before the show to eat at The Top Of The Tenth - The Tenth Avenue Arts Center's rooftop lounge with a panoramic view of downtown. Local eateries like Hodad's and Pokez are both great options and they are located within a block of the venue.

-Soft drinks, along with candy, chips, cookies, and crackers will be available for purchase during the show.

-We cannot allow you to bring alcohol into the venue, but smoking is allowed at The Top of the Tenth, both before and during the show if you want to step out.

-If you are visibly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, we cannot allow you into the venue. Thanks for your understanding.

-There will be no delivery of tickets via shipping or email - we'll simply have your name on the list at the door (plus however many tickets you buy). Please bring your ID for verification purposes to check in. We can check in partial parties too, so if you're buying for multiple people and you're arriving at different times, don't worry about it.

-Guest availability is subject to change due to potential illness or unforeseen circumstances. Please bear with us during these crazy times.

-If you have any questions at all, please contact

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