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Roxie Theater: Drugs in the Tenderloin (1966)

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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, drug users, and social services. 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.” As an incredible snapshot of the early days of harm reduction, this film is a must for those interested in social justice history. Drugs in the Tenderloin also serves as a crucial document for preservationists, searching for evidence of original neon signs and architectural details. Director Robert Zagone will both introduce the film and answer questions following the screening.

About the Tenderloin Museum:

Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco’s most overlooked neighborhoods. Through history exhibitions, resident-led walking tours, community programs, and the presentation of original artwork, the Tenderloin Museum invites all comers to learn about the roots of our dynamic neighborhood, and reclaim our city’s past and future. All are welcome to join us in telling its story. www.tenderloinmuseum.org


August 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Roxie Theater
3117 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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(415) 863-1087