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OMG, “THE HUNGER GAMES EXHIBITION” is Coming to Frisco! Our Palace of Fine Arts to Become THE INNOVATION HANGAR Starting Feb 13th 2016

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Watch out, The Hunger Games – The Exhibition is coming/ to town, starting February 13th, 2016! That’s right, fellow Panemanians, Our historic Palace of Fine Arts will soon become THE INNOVATION HANGAR and you’ll be able to see it all for just $29.95.

You know, for kids:

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See for yourself at, and I’m srsly, the iHangar.com.

I can think of more than a few 94123 landfill-dwelling millionaires who are GOING TO BE PISSED about this attraction, when they find out that troubled Supervisor Mark Farrell’s District 2 will soon transform troubled President Snow’s tech-rich District 3

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Hey, just how much is Hollywood going to pay SFGov / Rec and Park for all the trouble? One wonders if we’re charging a $100,000 “premium reservation fee,” or a $50,000 “park regeneration fee.

Don’t stop believing, Panamaniacs – the iHangar is for reals.

See you there!

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Alamo Drafthouse Reopens the New Mission Theatre Tomorrow – Pay $5 for Home Alone – And Next Week, Star Wars 7 for $9.25

Friday, December 11th, 2015

You young kids don’t know what inflation is, but I do. And if someone had told me back when I was laboring at some flea-bitten Landmark Theatres, where precious It’s It’s cost $2 and frozen Toblerone bars were $3 and tickets were $6, I think, that you’d be able to see a first-run film for just $9.25 in the heart of Frisco on business-class seating in the Year of our Lord 2015, well I wouldn’t have believed it.

It’s here, opening early, on 12-12-15

Take a look around.

See you there!

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Le Update: “ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA / ANNAPURNA PICTURES TO KEEP LE VIDEO ARCHIVE COLLECTION TOGETHER IN A NEW LOCATION”

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Just released.

So this is how it ends for Le Video, which, back in the day, managed to fight off a BlockBuster Video what was one week away(!) from opening up less than one block away on 9th Avenue.

But streaming? Nothing beats streaming.

So, it’s come to this.

If you want, read their Yelp reviews from the bottom up, you know, for a laugh.

(I should add that Alamo Drafthouse at the old New Mission is looking awesome, with ticket prices looking surprisingly low to this old-timer.)

“ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA AND ANNAPURNA PICTURES JOIN FORCES TO KEEP LE VIDEO ARCHIVE COLLECTION TOGETHER IN A NEW LOCATION

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2015 – Following the November closing of long-running San Francisco neighborhood video store and archive Le Video, it was announced today that Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League, along with Academy Award-nominated producer Megan Ellison and he, has arranged for the preservation of the Le Video collection.

Bay Area residents will soon be able to access portions of the Le Video archive at San Francisco’s new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Exact details are still pending, but Alamo Drafthouse will partner with Mission neighborhood video store Lost Weekend to rent selections from the Le Video archive in the spacious lobby of the new theater, along with a deeply curated collection of films from the Lost Weekend archive.

“The experience of going to my local video store when I was young made me the movie fan I am today,” says Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. “Despite the fact that great video stores like Le Video are closing all over the country, I am confident that a new iteration of the video store experience can exist, and even thrive today. A passionate video store clerk can do what no algorithm can. They can recommend your new favorite movie, one that can’t be predicted from your past viewing habits.”

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open for Star Wars on the 17th of December.  The Lost Weekend lobby video store is slated to begin in January.  Subscribe to the Alamo Drafthouse newsletter or follow @drafthouseSF on twitter for news as it happens.”

So tune up your VHS machine and wait for 2016…

When I’m at the pearly gates
This’ll be on my videotape
My videotape
My videotape
When Mephistopheles is just beneath
And he’s reaching up to grab me
This is one for the good days
And I have it all here
In red blue green
In red blue green
You are my center when I spin away
Out of control on videotape
On videotape [x6]
This is my way of saying goodbye
Because I can’t do it face to face
So I’m talking to you before it’s too late
No matter what happens now
I shouldn’t be afraid
Because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.

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Hollywood-Types Invade the Western Addition for a Nighttime Shoot – A Fake ATM Installed on Hayes, Next to the Style-O-Rama Shop

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

[UPDATE: Oh, this flick is called PUSHING DEAD, with Danny Glover.]

Hey look, it’s a fake “EVERGOLD” CREDIT UNION ATM – the gold paint’s still wet. As seen tonight at Hayes and Ashbury:

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All the deets – these particular Hollywood-types hail from Newport Beach, as many of them do.

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Grab some popcorn and then head on over to watch “P. Dead,” whatever that is. Anywho, this show will end by 2:00 AM Monday morning.

Stay gold, Frisco.

Play us out, Beck.

They sent five trucks, looks like:

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Our PRESIDIO THEATRE in the Presidio is CLOSED FOREVER, Apparently. – Another Wasted, Shut-Down Building in Frisco

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Here it is, the Presidio Theatre, Building 99, 99 Moraga, The Presidio, 94129:

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It’s been shut down for a while. Here’s how the moribund lobby looked in 2008:

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There was a plan to open it up again, from back in aught-ten for instance:

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…but that plan failed, in part, due to concerns over it competing with other movie theatres about town. So, some interested parties (known as the Xxx Family) donated money to “lobby” against the real Presidio Theatre ever being reopened.

That effort must have worked, ’cause here’s how the Presidio Theatre looks today in 2015:

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So that’s it, Paradise Theatre closed, for good, due to your “friendly,” local, millionaire, theatre-hating, theatre-owning merchants.

On It Goes…

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Filmed in Frisco: “The Net” – Sandra Bullock – 20th Anniversary – MacWorld 1995 – DotCom 1.0 – KTVU’s Elaine Coral & Dennis Richardson

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Here you go: The Net, filmed on location in the 415 for a day or two back in 1995 and released exactly 20 years ago, during the beginnings of  Dotcom 1.0.

The Gist is that quite attractive hackr gurl Sandra Bullock is such is such a social loser that nobody in the world knows who she is, except for her mom with Alzheimer’s and former beau Dennis Leary(!)

So when the bad guys erase her identity, there’s nobody around to prove who she really is. (Man, this movie sucks – it’s a thriller without thrills. I’m glad I’ve never seen it.)

But let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane:

Bennett finally tracks down the net conspiracy to San Francisco, where the HQ of the ‘Cathedral’ corporation is 1 Post Street at Market Street. The climactic ‘Pan-Pacific Computer Convention’ used a real Apple convention at the Moscone Center, Howard Street between Third and Fourth Streets in San Francisco.”

And now, some screen shots.

So single female loser drives a big BMW sedan? I don’t think so, Hollywood, but thanks for heavily featuring the BMW “roundel” propeller logo in every scene that you possibly could. (Was is it her dead boyfriend’s ride? IDK.) And let’s all laugh at the huge “car phones” of the day, but they actually worked better as phones than our “devices” of 2015. And oh yeah, the fuzz is on her back door in this very scene – these days you can get a moving violation ticket for this “primary offense” and KRON TV’s Stanley Roberts would be videoing her for a segment of People Behaving Badly:

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Hey, it’s DR!

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Hey, it’s EC!

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(Those are news readers I recognize, ’cause I’m old. IDK who reads the news these days.)

Oh look, McKesson Plaza! AKA One Post Street. Sadly, the gold letters were covered up by the Hollywood Freaks. Note the crimson red banners for an upcoming AIDS vigil. I’ll tell you, real candlelight vigils can be arresting, a river of light coming at you and stretching out for a half-mile. The one in this movie looked like just another parade.

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And here’s your MacWorld 1995:

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And there you have it.

Have at it if you want.

Area Resident Chris Columbus to Inflict PIXELS Film Upon Us July 24th – Hollywood Destroys Frisco Once Again – New Trailers

Friday, July 10th, 2015

This looks dreadful:

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CGI +

3D +

Sandler =

Dreadful.

Be sure to tell Chris what you think about his new joint if you see him about town…

A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SF

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.

Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:

Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.

I knew Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.

Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.

(Big Hero 6 is awesome – it’s geographically correct, for the most part. Check it.)

Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.

1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.

2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.

3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.

4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.

5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.

6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.

Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:

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Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.

(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)

So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.

(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:

The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”

Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)

San Francisco Catches Antman Fever: “Marvel’s Ant-Man – Trailer 1” – Filmed On Location, Sort Of, Last Year

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Oh, now I get it – San Francisco-based Ant-Man, he’s just a little guy!

Some of the the time, anyway:

Boy, this looks like it’s the start of an extremely generic super-hero series.

But prove me wrong, Marvel.

Prove me wrong.

Here It Is, the First “Full Look” at Marvel’s Ant-Man, Shot in Town Last Year – Can’t See Much of Frisco In It – Release Date is July 17th

Friday, April 10th, 2015

This is what all that fuss was about in the 94117 last year:

Principal photography began on August 18, 2014 in San Francisco, with Russell Carpenter serving as cinematographer.[16] Scenes were scheduled to be shot in the Tenderloin neighborhood and Buena Vista Park.[103]

And then there’s this: