Petaluma filmmaker Tom Wyrsch’s hit documentary double bill about two gone-but-not-forgotten San Francisco attractions is coming back for yet another encore Saturday, March 10, at Santa Rosa’s Summerfield Cinemas.
“Remembering Playland at the Beach” and “Sutro’s, the Palace at Land’s End,” have played to full houses and long lines three times this year, mostly recently on Sunday, March 4.
You can see “Playland” at 1 p.m. and “Sutro’s” at 2:30 p.m., with a question-and-answer session following both screenings.
These are two of the four films made over the past few years by Tom Wyrsch, 60, a San Francisco native who has lived in Petaluma since he was 5 years old.
The Playland amusement park at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, where Cabrillo and Balboa streets are now, was famed for its Big Dipper roller coaster. The park was built in the late 19th century. It closed in 1972 and was torn down later that year, to make way for condominiums.
The luxurious Sutro Baths complex, near the Cliff House, also was built in the late 1900s. The building housing the baths burned down in 1966 and was abandoned. The ruins remain.
Wyrch’s other films are “Back to Space-Con, the Story of the 1970s Sci-Fi Conventions,” and “Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong,” a tribute to the Bay Area TV show “Creature Features.”Location: Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.
Admission: $8; $7.25 for children and seniors.
Information: www.garfieldlaneproductions.com; www.summerfieldcinemas.com; (707) 522-0719; 9707) 523-1586, ext. 18.