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San Francisco used to be full of single screen movie theaters.  Back in the day, the city was chock block full of them.  You could find one in every single neighborhood, and many had more than one theater.  Some of my most cherished memories as a youth and teenager were seeing movies at such single screen theaters.  I grew up in the 70s and 80s, a time when the “blockbuster” movie was created.  So from the mid 70s into the early 80s, almost every year there was a blockbuster: Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Superman (1978), Alien (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), and E.T. (1982).  (more…)

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In keeping with the previous post(s) of museums in the city that’ve undergone dramatic transformations, I’d like to muse on the California Academy of Sciences.  Located in Golden Gate Park, the Academy sits directly across from the de Young Museum.  At 157 years old, the Academy is California’s oldest museum.  My first exposure to the museum was through class field trips.  I think I was in third grade when I first went.  I went a handful of times while in grade school, stopping when I entered middle school.  (more…)

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