When San Francisco's legendary movie palace the Castro Theatre -- which this weekend is celebrating its 85th year anniversary -- first opened back in June of 1922, the price for a loaf of bread was 5 cents, a newspaper cost 2 cents, and a man's haircut or, alternately, the cost of admission to the Castro movie theater was 25 cents. And tomorrow morning at 11AM (Saturday 8/11), the price of admission will be rolled back to 1922 prices when the historic theater charges only a quarter for admission to a screening of Laurel and Hardy's Way Out West (see clip below) plus some classic cartoons. This is great opportunity to see the classic comedy duo in their 1937 film on the big screen. But it is also a great opportunity to absorb the beauty of the historic San Francisco landmark, famous for its Wurlitzer pipe organ, with the amazing interior and the Spanish Colonial Baroque facade that was designed by Timothy L Pflueger, who also designed Oakland's Paramount Theater.
All weekend great events/movies are planned for the Castro Theatre's 85th year anniversary celebration - although not for 25 cents, but still, at $6 to $9 for most weekend screenings, it is a lot less than going to your local multiplex. These screenings include Clark Gable in San Francisco followed by live music by the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, plus the Maltese Falcon (Saturday night starting at 7PM). And on Sunday night at 7PM, Warren Lubich will play the famous Wurlitzer as accompaniement to a screenig of Phantom of the Opera, plus a screening of Laurel and Hardy's Big Business.