Last night’s staff gathering to commemorate the closing of the Red Vic was also a party to celebrate the establishment’s 31st year. Collective owners, staff members, volunteers, old friends, and neighbors gathered to watch films, snack, and chat.
Red Vic collective member Sam Sharkey provided home-brewed Mosshead beer and Haight Street Market provided plates of snacks for the staff goodbye. Guests brought homemade dishes to share and bowls of the best theater popcorn in the city were handed out. Attendees took a break from chatting to make speeches and read letters from those unable to attend. The wooden church-pews were moved aside for dancing during screenings of classic films.
Join the city’s farewell and celebration of the Red Vic at this weekend’s annual birthday showing of Harold and Maude. There will be screenings of the classic Bay Area film through Monday night. Despite assistance from friends (there’s a plea for donations from Jonathan Richman posted in the lobby) and fundraisers held by the Red Vic’s collective owners, the Red Vic’s last showtime will be 9:30pm, Monday July 25, 2011.
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