PITTSBURG --For the first time in almost six decades, a movie will play at the California Theatre.

"American Graffiti" is the film, a most appropriate selection since it will show for free at 8 p.m. on July 11 right after the classic car show wraps up that night.

The movie showing will be the first public use of the restored theater since it had a gala opening in January after years of work to bring back its former glory.

"It's a perfect movie for a car show," said Rose Mary Tumbaga of the Pittsburg Arts and Community Foundation, which puts on the free car show that take places in Old Town on alternate Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. along Railroad Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets.

Indeed. The 1973 coming-of-age movie takes place in Modesto in 1962 and follows two high school buddies out for a night of driving around with their friends before they head off to college.

The beaux-arts theater on Railroad Avenue has undergone a $7.6 million restoration. It first opened in 1920 and served as a venue for vaudeville acts, silent films and live entertainment and Hollywood movies before closing its doors in 1954.

Another free showing of a car-themed movie, the name of which is yet-to-be released, will be shown Sept. 12 after the car show.

This summer, the car show is running every other Thursday evening in Old Town, with a culinary crawl featuring appetizers from six local restaurants taking place on the other Thursdays.

The remaining dates for the car show are July 11, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.

For information about the car show or to be an exhibitor call Tumbaga at 925-252-6981.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.

IF YOU GO
What: Screening of "American Graffiti"
When: 8 p.m. July 11
Where: California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave.
Admission: Free
Information: 925-252-6981