Movie Theater Expert Gary Meyer on The Balboa SF Theater And It’s Innovative Programming

Movie Theater Expert Gary Meyer On The Balboa Sf Theater And It’s Innovative Programming
(Last Updated On: March 27, 2020)

Movie Theater Expert Gary Meyer on The Balboa SF Theater And It’s Innovative Programming

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Movie Theater Expert Gary Meyer on The Balboa SF Theater And It’s Innovative Programming

This is Gary Meyer, who co-director of The Telluride Film Festival but also the co-founder of the Balboa Theatre in , when we met in Berkeley for this Zennie62Media interview. What follows is a sample of the conversation in the video-blog from April 13, 2010.

Gary sat down with me at the Jupiter Bar and Restaurant to talk. “Well,” Gary said, “we’ve got a couple of really interesting things but most particularly we recently did a series of sneak previews of a film called ‘Remembering Playland,’ a documentary about Playland at The Beach for those of you who are old enough to remember it. It was great amusement park down at Ocean Beach in , which had roller coasters and scare rides and the most amazing fun house. Or the famous laughing South mechanical statute – it was laughing and scaring how many people, and making the other half people fall into hysterics. And you can go into that funhouse where I think 25 cents and spend the entire day in there doing stuff.

“Meyer continued “They had the giant slides. and a hall of mirrors and all kinds of traps and games and things. If you’ve ever seen “The Lady from Shanghai”, Orson Welles film, at the very end, Miss Hayworth is in the hole – appears that they go out into Playland. Anyway, this document has been made. We had a series of sneak previews. Every one of them sold out. The audience was going crazy. People were – I was there,” Gary said.

While Gary was running the Telluride Film Festival at the time, the focus of our talk in Berkeley was about The Balboa SF, the place he’s ran since 2001. In 2012, Meyer stepped down from that role, and worked with The Neighborhood Theater Foundation to arrange for them to take over the Balboa Theater’s lease through 2024. The reason given, at the time, was the heavy cost of digital conversion – upwards of $200,000. But Gary’s innovative programming left a legacy that lasts today.

Stay tuned.

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