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On Sunday, Aug. 5, the Crest Theatre will present “Remembering Playland at the Beach” (2010) and “Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End,” (2011) at 1 p.m., featuring a special Q-and-A with director Tom Wyrsch. Tickets are $8-10.
If you ever visited Playland at the Beach, which was closed in 1972, then you’re likely to remember Laffing Sal, the funhouse, the roller coaster and much more. If you never visited, then you’ll be exposed to what has been called one of San Francisco’s “lost treasures,” a 10-acre seaside amusement park that was torn down and replaced with condominiums.
Sutro’s privately owned swimming, ice skating and museum complex was built in the late 1800s, and “Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End” tells the story of what was once the world’s largest swimming pool establishment, which burned down in 1966, six years before the demise of Playland at the Beach.
“Remembering Playland at the Beach,” Wyrsch’s second documentary, premiered in March 2010 to a sold-out house at San Francisco’s Balboa Theater, where it maintained a near six-month run. The follow-up project, his fourth documentary, is “Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End,” which premiered at the Balboa Theater to another sold-out house in November 2011 and, according to Garfield Lane Productions, “earned honors as the highest grossing non-studio movies in San Francisco during that week.”
History, popular culture and memories are only a few of the reasons to attend this special Sunday screening at the Crest.