Movie News & Reviews

‘Sacramento Picture’ documentary sheds light on city’s past

The “Hippodrome” theater sign is visible behind these participants in a 1939 parade. The Hippodrome closed in 1946. The Crest Theatre opened in 1949 in the same space.
The “Hippodrome” theater sign is visible behind these participants in a 1939 parade. The Hippodrome closed in 1946. The Crest Theatre opened in 1949 in the same space. Center for Sacramento History

This month offers a few chances to glimpse Sacramento history on a big screen at the Tower Theatre, starting with the April 25 and 26 Sacramento International Film Festival screenings of Colin Hanks’ documentary “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records.”

On April 29, the documentary “The Sacramento Picture” will screen at the Tower. Directed by local film critic and lay historian Matías Bombal in partnership with the Center for Sacramento History, “Picture” offers rare footage of city life and events from 1910-1974.

“Picture” includes shots of then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressing a Sacramento crowd in 1960, after an introduction by Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. There’s also hard-to-find color footage, captured during a 1939 parade, of the “Hippodrome” theater sign on K Street. The Hippodrome closed in 1946 after its marquee collapsed and killed a woman. The Crest Theatre opened in the same space in 1949.

Much of the footage comes from television station KCRA. It was donated to the Center for Sacramento History after the station switched from film to videotape.

The center now is in the process of converting its film reels into digital footage available for viewing online. “Picture” aims to draw attention to the center’s digitization project, Bombal said.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. Tower screening are $15 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

An April 9 screening of “Picture” at the center sold out, as did a March screening at the Crocker Art Museum. After the Tower screening, the film will be available for viewing by appointment only at the Center for Sacramento History, Bombal said.

Call The Bee’s Carla Meyer, (916) 321-1118. Follow her on Twitter @CarlaMeyerSB.

  Comments