New Parkway (www.thenewparkway.com) In addition to its second-run programming (Man of Steel goes down easier with tasty pizza), Oakland's speakeasy continues its theme nights, including the "Thrillville Theater" cult showcase, and the free "First Friday Shorts. Sept. 6's event features short films by and about transmen of color.
Vortex Room (Facebook: The Vortex Room) Step into the Vortex lair for September's "Margheritiville," four weeks of Thursday night double features dedicated to trashy Italian genre master Antonio Margheriti — including 1980's immortal Cannibal Apocalpyse.
The Castro (www.castrotheatre.com), the Roxie (www.roxie.com), and Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive (bampfa.berkeley.edu) share hosting duties on a Pier Paolo Pasolini retrospective that includes 1975's oft-banned Salò, Or the 120 Days of Sodom. Also at the Castro, look for tributes to the late Karen Black (Sept. 18) as well as a restored print of 1973's The Wicker Man (Oct. 4-5). Anticipated fall-calendar bookings at the Roxie include acclaimed DC sniper drama Blue Caprice (Sept. 20), and shot-on-the-sly-at-Disneyland saga Escape From Tomorrow (Oct. 11).
At the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (www.ybca.org), September brings "Local Boy Makes Good: New Bay Area Film" as well as "Back In the Day: New Films on Hip-Hop and Urban Subculture." Later in the season, look for "Age Limit May Vary in Certain Areas: A History of X-Rated Film" (Nov.-Dec.), and a Rainer Werner Fassbinder series (Oct.-Dec.) that'll also play at the Roxie and the PFA.
Speaking of the PFA, catnip for film fans awaits with "Dark Matters: The Films of William Friedkin" (Sept. 12-21), who proved he hasn't lost his touch with 2011's Killer Joe. Head-spinning bonus: the man behind 1971's The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist makes an in-person visit Sept. 21, between screenings of Joe and 1980's Cruising.
Experimental junkies will want to check the San Francisco Cinematheque (www.sfcinematheque.org) and Other Cinema (www.othercinema.com) pages for seasonal updates, while midnight-movie fiends can rely on Midnites for Maniacs (www.midnitesformaniacs.com; next show is a "Back to Skool" theme, Sept. 20 at the Castro) and Midnight Movies at the Clay (www.landmarktheatres.com), which dares to dunk 1996's Space Jam (Sept. 20-21) onto its calendar.
Pencil in Oct. 2-3 for the Exploratorium (www.exploratorium.edu) premiere of Sam Green's new cinematic event, Fog City, with live music composed for the film by New York band the Quavers.