​​​​​​   San Francisco Historical Documentary Films

Sutros: The Palace at Lands End tells the story of San Francisco, California's privately owned swimming pool, ice-skating and museum complex, Sutro Baths. Built in the late 19th century it was once the world's largest swimming pool establishment. The building burnt to the ground in 1966. The ruins remain today. Journey back in time to revisit Sutro Baths when it was in full operation. See: The Seven Pools, Sutro Railway, Merrie Way, Sutro's Cliff House, Ice Skating Rink, Egyptian Mummy Museum, Tom Thumb Exhibit, Musee Mecanique, Torture Museum, Lord's Last Supper, Ito, Giggling Ghost, 1963 & 1966 Fires, Sutro Ruins, and much, much more. A nostalgic trip back in time told by historians and the people that were there. (84 minutes - 2011)

The Cliff House and Sutro Heights celebrates 150 years of San Francisco’s Cliff House and the many attractions surrounding it. The historic Cliff House stands perched on a headland atop the cliffs on the northwestern edge of San Francisco, California. Originally built in 1863, it is now a key part of the Sutro Historic District. That district included the lavish gardens and structures of Sutro Heights, the home of Adolph Sutro, entrepreneur, real estate developer and populist mayor of San Francisco, now a park.  It remains a favorite for both locals and tourist alike. (84 minutes - 2013)

Uncle Forry's Ackermansions. Forrest J. "Forry" Ackerman was a fixture in the science fiction and horror scene for as long as anyone can remember. A meeting with James Warren would turn into a pop culture changing event as Forry was asked to head a new magazine and "Famous Monsters of Filmland" was born. He started opening his house to the public in the early 1950's, a tradition he would carry on through three Ackermansions up until 2008. His collections were stuffed to the rafters in every nook and cranny, leaving visitors to wonder where there may be living space. "Uncle Forry's Ackermansions" tours us through all three of his homes. In the welcoming spirit of Uncle Forry, you are invited! Historical footage photos and interviews.  (70 minutes - 2014)

Remembering Playland at the Beach tells the story of San Francisco's famous 10-acre seaside amusement park, Playland at the Beach. Located next to Ocean Beach, it was torn down in 1972 to make way for a condominium development. Gone now for more than 3 decades, it remains one of the city's lost treasures. The film is a journey back to see Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Fun-tier Town, and much, much more, all through the eyes of the  people that were there.  Includes 20-minutes of archival footage, nearly 200 photographs and original music.  (60 minutes - 2010)

Back to Space-Con On February 22, 1975, Northern California's very first Star Trek convention was held at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. It was called "The Red Hour Festival." A huge success with the fans of the original TV series, the smash event led to much larger conventions in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles. These "Space-Con" conventions left an indelible mark on the science-fiction fans and "Trekkers" who attended. In the end, conventions like Space-Con helped awaken Paramount from hibernation and led to a major "Star Trek" motion picture. This full-length documentary film is the story of how fandom revolutionized an industry.  It stars Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Ernie Fosselius,and many more. (75 minutes - 2011)