Remembering Playland and Sutro's at Lighthouse Cinemas
- When: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 2 p.m.
- Where: Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Film, Community, Lectures
Bay Area documentary filmmaker Tom Wyrsch is kind of a purist. He recently started making nostalgic films as a side hobby about his hometown, including a look back at the 1970s and '80s Bob Wilkins and Joh Stanley TV show Creature Features (ahhh, remember?), and Bay Area Star Trek conventions from the swinging '70s. But the 2010 Remembering Playland broke big in the Bay Area, earning sold-out shows and extended runs and big buzz for its revisitation of the long-gone but not forgotten Playland at the Beach amusement park that operated near Ocean Beach from 1923 to 1972, stocked with attractions like Laffing Sal, a Fun House, the Big Dipper, the Carousel, Dark Mystery, the Diving Bell, and memories, conjured by a dozen interviews, archival footage, photographs and music. Also screening is Sutro's: The Palace at Land's End, a sort-of follow-up about the late 19th century's once largest swimming and recreation facility in the West, at the edge of oceanside cliffs in San Francisco that closed and burned down in the 1960s. Ruins of its former glory still remain, though. And Wyrsch speaks and does Q&A's after each film in this double feature. [WR]
2-3pm Remembering Playland; 3:30-4:30pm Sutro's. Lighthouse Cinemas, 525 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. $6.50. 643-1333, 641-0747.