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    Godzilla Returns to the Bal Theatre!

    And this time he`s bringing some friends...

    The Raymond Burr version of GODZILLA, not seen on the big screen in the Bay Area in over 10 years.

    June 20, 2015 - San Leandro, CA; Bay Area Film Events is bringing the King of all Kaiju back to the Bal Theatre for their fourth annual Godzilla Night! This year features an expanded show with an extra, bonus matinee. First up at 3:00PM is a matinee of the film that kicked off Godzilla Night in 2012, the biggest monster battle of them all, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA. Along with the 1962 full-color classic, there will also be Godzilla clips and trailers. The main show kicks off at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:00PM) with a mini film fest based on the upcoming documentary KAIJU GAIDEN. "Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. KAIJU GAIDEN is the continuing story of the giant monster genre. KAIJU GAIDEN is also the title of a documentary film by director/producer David Hall spotlighting various Japanese filmmakers who have continued the tradition of tokusatsu (special effects) movies. It is part of the Independent Kaiju Project, an endeavor by producer Mark Jaramillo to track down, catalog, and promote independently made kaiju films that have languished in obscurity.

    Brand new documentary, Kaiju Gaiden.

    KAIJU GAIDEN is the first documentary which assemble various filmmakers who have produced their own movies featuring gigantic monsters stomping cities and engaging in savage battle with one another. Although made at different time periods, the directors still utilize traditional special effects techniques unique to the genre, sometimes supplemented with modern technology. The directors will tell their respective stories of their love for the genre, their inspirations, and the issues involved in making a special effects film. Mark Jaramillo will be on hand to present some of the amazing shorts that will make up the documentary, including GAMERA 4, GEHARHA, WOLFMAN VS. GODZILLA and others! This is the only place you will be able to see these uncut, in their entirety! There will also be clips from some of the longer features. If you think you`ve seen every Japanese monster movie ever made, think again and don`t miss this! And if that wasn`t monstrous enough, the co-feature is the absolute classic of Japanese monster cinema, the film that started it all, the original GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956). This version of the original film has not been seen on Bay Area theater screens since BAFE showed it in 2004 at the Castro Theatre for Godzillafest!


    Returning this year is The Great Godzilla Raffle. Anyone can buy tickets online for a vast array of Godzilla prizes. You do not need to be present to win, so this opens the raffle up to all Godzilla fans. The Raffle Begins May 18th. 2015 & ends on June 18th. 2015 for Online Purchasers. Raffle Tickets will also be sold on the day of our Godzilla Night 4 Event on June 20th, 2015.

    Don`t miss out on the Kaiju Art Contest.

    All rules and information on available prizes and how to buy tickets are available on The Great Godzilla Raffle Facebook page.


    This year BAFE is holding an online art contest. The subject is Kaiju. Any Japanese monster from movies, television or manga. Like the raffle, the art contest is open to anyone and everyone and you do not need to be present to win. Just email your art to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your art will be up on the big screen at Godzilla Night 4 with chances to win prizes! The Godzilla Night audience will be voting on their favorites and the winners will be announced at the end of the show and online. Prizes for first and second place. Rules, formats, prizes and information are available at The Kaiju Art Contest page.


    All this, plus prizes and merchandise from BAFE`s Kevin deAntonio, Kaiju Vinyl Legion`s James Osborne and art by Gaz Gretsky! There are sure to be other cool surprises as well. When Godzilla stomps into town, how can you not be there? Information and updates can be found at the Bay Area Film Events website or on the Bay Area Film Events Facebook page. Tickets for both shows are available at the Bal Theatre box office or online at the Bal Theatre website.

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