The interior of Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema: dinner and a movie Foreign Cinema isn't the typical romantic restaurant. With its blend of Northern California's laid-back style and Tinseltown's trendy atmosphere, it will impress a special date or an indie film buff. Each month, the restaurant shows a different film, as diverse as the Academy Award-winning documentary "Man on Wire" and Roman Polanski's classic film noir "Chinatown." At the recommendation of a native San Franciscan, I decided to bring a date here. "I bet you're glad you made reservations," the host said as we walked by patrons waiting to be seated. "It's been crazy tonight." As the sun began to set, a troupe of modish waiters dashed through the open-air courtyard lighting the overhead heat lamps. Suddenly, the white brick wall flickered overhead with the opening of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Red," a seductive story of forbidden love.
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