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Shortly after Alcatraz opened as a federal prison in 1934, its career as a setting of movies began. From Alcatraz Island (1937) through Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Hollywood depicted life on the isolated island. After the prison closed in 1963, a new era began. Point Blank 1967) was the first to film there, followed by such memorable titles as The Enforcer (1974), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), The Rock (1996), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). This evening of film clips celebrates the 80th anniversary of The Rock as a setting in movies and its 50th anniversary as an actual filming location.

Jim Van Buskirk is co-author of Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations. Last year he presented his popular program, “On Location: The Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen” to SFMHS.

SFMHS monthly programs are free to members. Non-member fee is $10, which may be applied to membership dues within 30 days; $5 for non-member seniors, students, K–12 teachers, and people with disabilities. Programs are normally scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month, except August and December. Programs are subject to change, so please check for updates at sfhistory.org.

Roosevelt Middle School features on-site parking (enter on Palm Avenue) and public transportation nearby.