Thanks for your interest in Up On The Roof! This program is now complete as of November 1, 2020 due to impending rainy weather. We are in the process of developing more programming to put a smile on your face during these unprecedented times so be sure you are on email list to get the 411. You'll find a link to join our list at the bottom of this page.
Wouldn't it be nice to see a movie on a big screen for a change? Or eat dinner and treats prepared by someone else for a change? Or share an experience with people other than those in your own household for a change? You can join us up on the roof to do all of that AND see Movies For Change!
Presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, this partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association and Guggenheim Entertainment will bring dining and film to the top floor of the 2nd & San Carlos Street Garage for much-needed activity during the pandemic while at the same time shining a spotlight on social justice.
Join us Tuesdays through Sundays in the evenings under the stars October 8 through November 1, 2020.
In compliance with all health and safety guidelines, we are thrilled to add three events to our schedule featuring LIVE singers performing a wealth of exquisite music accompanied by LIVE piano. As the saying goes, "what the world needs now is love, sweet love" and these singers will fill your hearts with joy and song.
Check out what we've created up on the roof! You'll find 2-, 3-, and 4-person "bubbles" of seating with comfy chairs, cup holders, and a table for your hot bites, cool treats, and movie theater sweets - $10 food and drink vouchers included in the ticket price!
Want to see some video of what's happening up on the roof? Check out this fantastic coverage from our local news!
As eager as we are to reconnect, we must do so safely and we must depend on our audience to share in this responsibility. To understand our expectations on how we will work together to keep our audience and staff safe, please read our Covid-19 Patron Guidelines and Ticket/Seating info...
When we first set out to produce anything under the header of "entertainment" during the pandemic, we figured all anyone would want is fluff; something to take our minds off all the negative stuff. But, as the months went by and the daily news shined a light on the ongoing social injustices that too many in our community face, we wanted to produce programming that makes a difference. And then we realized, we can and need to do both. Read more about why we chose these films...
Obtaining professional equipment to safely and securely set up a portable theater outdoors, staffing the customer service areas with extra people to satisfy COVID-19 gathering requirements, and paying individual licenses for over 40 films - all of this comes with a price tag, one which will not in any way be covered by ticket sales from these events with a maximum of 60 patrons. Thanks to our sponsors and patrons like you we can embark on this labor of love to bring the gift of charge to our community.
Please take a moment to get to know the partners who have committed their resources to help make these events possible:
If you are able to contribute more than the ticket price, you’ll find a place to do so on the checkout page. Any amount will help. Thank you!
So much great entertainment coming your way! Click here to VIEW TRAILERS for the remaining films in the series. Click "get tickets" below to head to the order page.
Like popcorn and fine wine, these films pair perfectly. Joking aside, these 12 films are must-sees and by pairing the feature film with the award-winning documentary of its subject, you're in for an evening of pure edutainment.
Race is one of the most difficult subjects to talk about as a society or culture. Watching a movie can take away the confrontational aspect of race relations that might scare people off which is why everyone should join us for these movies. No one movie is going to teach you everything you need to know about race. The topic is vast and riddled with complexities. However, watching these films provides a great, diverse starting point from which to begin the work. And that's how movies can change perspectives on race: by giving us a place to start.
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Filmmakers with a special collection of stories that explore the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
A celebration of Latinx people and their history presented through cinema. These films are essential viewing for anyone looking to expand their understanding of the contemporary Latinx experience in the United States. Join us as we highlight stories that paint real pictures of the systemic racism faced in the United States and the tremendous accomplishments Latinx people have made to advance social justice in spite of these challenges.
As women continue to strive for equality across all forms of industry (see: Wage Gap, Pink Tax), these films capture powerful women making their mark - not just the characters portrayed, but the pioneering actresses and directors at the helm.
As our streets continue to flood with protests in response to the killing of George Floyd and ongoing police brutality against Black individuals, people across the nation are asking if change will ever come. The fact that we can celebrate the LGBTQ+ community — despite the first Pride being a riot, not a parade or celebration — is a beacon of hope that change is possible with persistence and protest. While Pride events may be canceled this year because of COVID-19, these films allow us to celebrate the LGBTQ+ social movement contributions from Up on the Roof.
While some of these titles are favorites worthy of a second viewing, don't miss these new documentaries: "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President", "My Name is Pedro", "Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins", and "The Great American Lie."
Presented in partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association for their annual Starlight Cinema, as promised here are some movies just for fun. (Although if you look close enough, you'll find these flicks having plenty to teach in addition to being great family movies.)