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Sebastiani screens historical SF documentaries

The Sebastiani Theatre presents two very popular San Francisco documentary films, “Remembering Playland at the Beach” (2010) and “The Cliff House – 150 Years” (2013) which will be shown one time only at noon Sunday, Aug. 31.

Playing as a double bill for one admission price of $10, these special screenings include a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Tom Wyrsch.

“Remembering Playland at the Beach” (60-minutes) tells the history of San Francisco’s famous 10-acre seaside amusement park, Playland at the Beach. Located next to Ocean Beach, it was torn down in 1972 to make way for a condominium development. Gone now for more than three decades, it remains one of the city’s lost treasures.

“The Cliff House & Sutro Heights” (84 minutes) celebrates 150 years of San Francisco’s Cliff House. While detailing the Cliff House’s majestic history, it also is a trip back in time to Sutro Heights, Playland at the Beach, Sutro Baths, Musee Mechanique, Seal Rocks and the Camera Obscura and features an 84-minute tour of the northwestern edge of San Francisco, the way it once was. Loaded with rare archival film footage, photographs, interviews and music.

The documentaries are rated G with a total running time of 144 minutes followed by the question-and-answer session.

Admission is $10.Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 996-9756 or at the door on the day of the event.


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