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Rick Prelinger Lost Landscapes

This is a free event... No reservations and no online ticket sales. Box office opens at 6.30pm, first-come-first-serve. The suggestion is to be in the ticket line by then, I will be.

The sixth in the series of Rick Prelinger’s annual San Francisco history screenings, Lost Landscapes presents rare and generally unseen archival footage of a vanished San Francisco (1910s-1970s) in a feature-length program of historical intervention and carnivalesque celebration. This year I'm presenting a show composed of almost all-new material, much of it in HD. It sold out the Castro Theatre in December and Internet Archive in January, and this will probably be its last screening for 2012. As many of you know, this is interactive cinema: YOU are the soundtrack. Please come prepared to shout out your identifications, ask questions about what's on the screen, and share your thoughts with fellow audience members. Most of the footage in this program has not been shown before. It includes footage of San Francisco's cemeteries just before their removal, unique drive-thru footage of the Old Produce Market (now Golden Gateway) in the late 1940s, cruising the newly-built Embarcadero Freeway, grungy back streets in North Beach, the sandswept Sunset District in the 1930s, and newly-rediscovered Cinemascope footage of Playland, the Sky Tram and San Francisco scenes, all in Kodachrome.

After the show, we will have dinner at Sam's Diner, 1220 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102.

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  • Beth

    Everyday scenes become fascinating when they're from a different time. This was truly a great show.

    March 1, 2012

  • Lee

    After the show, we will have dinner at Sam's Diner, 1220 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102

    February 28, 2012

  • Lee

    There are no reservations, and no ticket pre-sales. It's all first-come-first-serve. The venue was non-committal about how popular this event might be.
    My suggestion, and what I am going to do, is arrive very early. The box office opens at 6.30pm.

    February 13, 2012

  • Beth

    Even though this is free, do we need to reserve our seats? Thanks.

    February 10, 2012

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