Thursday, October 21, 2010

Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres

Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres is a new book by Julie Lindow and R.A. McBride which celebrates The City’s historic movie theatres - and by extension its communal movie-going experience. The star of the book are 59 beautifully printed full-color photographs of various theater interiors including the Castro, Balboa, Roxie, New Mission, etc.... Each of the San Francisco theaters featured in this new book were built between 1910 and 1950.

The book also features a number of personal essays - each of which has local, literary, and scholarly appeal. These essays - by Gary Meyer, Eddie Muller, Rebecca Solnit, Chi-Hui Yang and others - accompany the lush full-color photographs found throughout this exceptional work. (More at
A website devoted to the book, which includes chapter excerpts, an image gallery, and links to the many theaters discussed in the book can be found at  Left in the Dark (published by Charta) is available direct from the publisher, through, and at select independent bookstores. In the coming weeks, various contributors to Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres will be taking part in events in San Francisco and Berkeley. Be sure and check out one of these remaining happenings:

Thursday, October 21, 2010 // 7pm, $5 admission
Balboa Theater
3630 Balboa, between 37th and 38th, San Francisco, CA
Impresarios Gary Meyer and Melinda Stone: Dish Give-Away, Sing-Along, Games

Sunday, October 24, 2010 // 11am - 1pm
Vogue Theater
3290 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA
A "Then and Now" slide show with Katherine Petrin, Architectural Historian, and R.A. McBride, Photographer

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 // 7:30pm
Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Midnight Carnival: Live Performance and the Movies, with Elisabeth Houseman, Joshua Grannell and Laura Horak

Thursday, October 28, 2010 // 6pm
The Green Arcade
1680 Market St. at Gough, San Francisco, CA 94102 
WALK the "Great White Way" to the Green Arcade with Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir
MEET in front of the GAP Store on Market Street (at Powell)
Ladies (and men) encouraged to where hats and gloves.
7pm Event at Green Arcade
Readings by Eddie Muller, Melinda Stone, D. Scot Miller. Slide show by R.A. McBride. Music by Lars Mars and Durand Begault.

Saturday, Oct 30, 2010 // 5pm
Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Katherine Petrin and R.A. McBride present a slide show. Laura Horak reading from her chapter "Changing Marquees: Ever Evolving Exhibition"

1 comment:

  1. There will be a book signing for "Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres" at the upcoming SFSFF winter event at the Castro Theater on February 12, 2011