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Drugs in the Tenderloin (1966)

  • The Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

A Q&A with director Robert Zagone will follow the screening.

The Tenderloin Museum brings back Robert Zagone’s Drugs in the Tenderloin to the Roxie Theater for a one night only special engagement. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view Robert Zagone’s guerilla-style documentary that captures the Tenderloin transforming into a center for young queers and drug users. Premiered on KQED in 1966, this visceral flick wasn’t shown again in public until 2015 at the Tenderloin Museum, followed by a series of sold-out screenings at the Roxie Theater. This film is not available to see any other way, so don’t miss out on your chance to catch this historic gem.

Zagone’s footage is a revealing time-capsule of ’60s SF, and his camerawork gives a whole new meaning to “eyes on the street.” In addition to the communities depicted on screen, Drugs in the Tenderloin serves as a crucial document for preservationists, searching for evidence of original business signs and architectural details. Director Robert Zagone will both introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

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