Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Secret San Francisco -- May 15, 2013

Last night I went to the Balboa Theater for the first presentation of Secret San Francisco, a collection of short films about San Francisco put together and presented by Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher of the Western Neighborhoods Project.  They encouraged audience participation.  The show started late because it was sold out and there was a line out the door waiting to get in at 6:30pm.  The first part was a trivia quiz with prizes.  Then they showed several short movies and clips from movies.  I had seen some, like the films of Sutro Baths burning, but I had not seen many of the others.  The audience was fascinated by the Playland films.  The auction after it closed was sad.  The demolition of the Fox Theater depressed everyone.  Blackie the Wonder Horse, who swam the Golden Gate towing Shorty Roberts of Roberts-at-the-Beach cheered everyone up.  It was a wonderful show and I was happy when they announced at the end that they were going to repeat it because of the great demand. 

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