Starting with the Rat Pack classic “Ocean’s 11,” an 11-film mini festival at the Vogue Theatre this weekend puts the spotlight on one of the 20th century’s biggest pop stars.
“Ring-a-Ding-Ding: The Movies of Frank Sinatra” runs Friday through Sunday, showcasing the singing idol who also won an Oscar for his supporting role in 1953’s “From Here to Eternity.”
Opening night patrons are invited to imbibe at a pop up whiskey bar hosted by Jack Daniel’s, pouring its Sinatra Select premium label, at 5:30 p.m. The evening also includes a visit by Sinatra’s granddaughter Amanda Erlinger, who will speak about the man she knew.
The festival is a benefit for the independent San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation; organizers call it their “way of honoring ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ on the occasion of his 100th birthday.”
Here’s the lineup:
Ocean’s 11: Sinatra and his Rat Pack pals play Las Vegas casino operators. (7 p.m. Friday)
From Here to Eternity: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Sinatra play characters going through trials and tribulations during World War II. (9 p.m. Friday)
Pal Joey: Sinatra plays a nightclub singer on the make; Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth vie for his attention. (Noon Saturday)
Guys & Dolls: Sinatra’s singing buoys costars Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in the lush movie version of Frank Loesser’s great gambling themed musical. (2:15 p.m. Saturday)
Anchors Aweigh: Sinatra, as a sailor, dances in the lively World War II musical that also has Gene Kelly in a duet with Jerry the cartoon mouse. (5 p.m. Saturday)
On The Town: New York City costars in another World War II-era musical with sailors. (7:30 p.m. Saturday)
The Joker is Wild: Sinatra portrays 1920s nightclub owner Joe E. Lewis. (9:30 p.m. Saturday)
Come Blow Your Horn: Sinatra plays a swinging bachelor in the adaptation of Neil Simon’s comic play. (1:30 p.m. Sunday)
The Man With the Golden Arm: Sinatra earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a heroin addict who dreams of being a big band drummer. (4 p.m. Sunday)
The Manchurian Candidate: The acclaimed Korean War-era thriller costars Sinatra as an intelligence officer who has nightmares. (6:30 p.m. Sunday)
Suddenly: Among his lesser-known roles, Sinatra plays a psychopath hired to assassinate the president. (9 p.m. Sunday)
IF YOU GO
Ring-a-Ding-Ding: The Movies of Frank Sinatra
Where: Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.
When: Aug. 21-23
Tickets: $8.50 to $10; $35 (pass)
Contact: (415) 346-2228, wwww.cinemasf.com/vogue