Jack Tillmany, a frequent guest author at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, is a widely acknowledged expert on the theaters of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. These videos are a salute to this many accomplishments as historian and author. Below, television personality Jan Wahl interviews Tillmany about his book Theatres of San Francisco (Arcadia).
Here is an excerpt from Building of Westwood Park (2003) by the Western Neighborhoods Project. It includes footage of the north side of Ocean Avenue between Faxon Avenue and Capitol Avenue, including the old Balboa Theater (later called the Westwood). The early 1920s newsreel footage is courtesy of Jack Tillmany.
Besides Theatres of San Francisco, Tillmany is also the author of Theatres of Oakland (Arcadia) and Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula (Arcadia). The latter is co-authorted with Gary Lee Parks.