Prelinger Library Presents:

Tickets are now available for LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO 2019
(unbelievably, our 14th year), presented in collaboration with our longtime friends and supporters at Long Now Foundation. This year, the show will run TWO nights at the Castro Theatre, and once again your Patron Ticket purchase directly benefits Prelinger Library.

Shows will be on Tuesday, December 10 AND Wednesday, December 11, each
at 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm).

PLEASE CONSIDER purchasing $50 Prelinger Library Patron Tickets, which include reserved seating in the theater for either evening. 100% of proceeds from the sale of these tickets go directly to the Library! Patron tickets are key to the Library’s survival and continuing operations, which annually serve over 1,200 people.

Combining a year of exciting archival discoveries with evergreen favorites from past years, this feature-length program shows San Francisco’s people, neighborhoods, infrastructures and celebrations from the early 20th century through the 1980s. New sequences this year run the gamut from the noirish streets of downtown San Francisco in the 1940s to life in the lively Mission, Richmond, Sunset, Bernal Heights and Ingleside Terrace districts.

Also in the works: Bits of San Francisco bohemia, psychedelia and punk; newly discovered footage of the late, lamented Sky Tram and the unlamented Bayside Motel and Embarcadero Freeway; workers horsing around on the Rainier Beer loading dock in 1937; transit infrastructure; a hobo by the zoo; newly discovered amateur Cinemascope footage from the 1950s; the building of I-280; the journey of water from Hetch Hetchy to the kitchen sink; San Francisco’s cemeteries emptied of their dead; and many intimate
glimpses of family life in Latinx, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, African American, and European communities in San Francisco.

As always, the audience makes the soundtrack at the glorious Castro Theatre!
Come prepared to identify places, people and events, to ask questions and to engage
in spirited real-time repartee with fellow audience members.

The Wednesday showing will also feature a presentation on the Prelinger Library,
San Francisco’s famed experimental research library that supports artists, historians, community members, and researchers of all kinds. On both evenings you can purchase  $50 Prelinger Library Patron Tickets, which include reserved seating in the theater.

Here’s the ticket link: (As always, we urge you to purchase tickets early.)

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Founded by Megan & Rick Prelinger in 2004, the Library contains over 60,000 books,  periodicals, maps and ephemeral print items available for research and reuse. Prelinger Library is a community-supported resource that’s open to the public, keeping regular hours in the South of Market neighborhood. Details and hours are at

If you cannot attend Lost Landscapes or buy a Patron Ticket but wish to support the
Library another way, please visit: