The Cliff House and Sutro Heights Documentary

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The Cliff House & Sutro Heights Documentary Film - 150 years

From the makers of the award winning documentary films "Remembering Playland at the Beach" and "Sutro's: The Palace at Lands End" comes a brand new full-length documentary, "The Cliff House and Sutro Heights." The film celebrates 150 years of San Francisco’s Cliff House and the many attractions surrounding it.  Hundreds of rare archival photographs, motion picture footage, interviews with historians and current Cliff House personnel all come together to tell this fascinating story. Written and directed by Tom Wyrsch. Produced by Tom Wyrsch & Strephon Taylor.  84 minutes    

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. The ruins just north of the Cliff house housed the world-class swimming pool and museum complex called Sutro Baths. A major amusement park, San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach once spilled over more than five city blocks south, across from Ocean Beach. The Cliff House has been rebuilt or remodeled many times through its century and a half of operation.  It remains a favorite for both locals and tourist alike.

The Cliff House (1863 to 2013) – Seal Rocks – Camera Obscura- Musée Mécanique- Sutro Baths- Sutro Heights- Playland at the Beach – Lands End Lookout – and much more

Interviews with:

John Martini - National Park Service Historian Retired

Bob Holloway - National Park Service Curator

Mary Hountalas - Cliff House Proprietor & Author

Dan Hountalas - Cliff House Proprietor

Dan Zelinsky - Musée Mécanique Owner

Kevin Weber - Cliff House Executive Chef

Art Bradley - Cliff House Procurement Manager & Collector

Lisa Bellomo - Cliff House Director of Marketing

Jim Dickson - Collector & Cliff House Enthusiast

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