Category: History

Rendering of the new Castro Theatre organ (photo: SFCODA) 14

New Castro Theatre organ gets $60k Indiegogo campaign

Last year we posted about the uncertain fate of the Castro Theatre’s famous organ often referred to as “the Mighty Wurlitzer”. Organist David Hegarty, the man who has been playing the organ before shows for theatergoers for over 30 years, told us that the organ is not actually owned by the Castro...

Sister Penny Costal by Beth Van Hoesen 0

OPENING: Beth Van Hoesen “Portraits From the Castro”

SF Gate announced yesterday the art show opening of “Portraits From the Castro” the retrospective of the late Beth Van Hoesen’s (1926-2010) never-before-seen or rarely exhibited work this Friday at the George Krevsky Gallery. The show includes portraits and watercolors of drag queens, punks, leather daddies, activists, and other stoically...

1948 in the Castro as the Costume Parade begins. Photo: Cliff's Variety Store Website 9

Halloween in the Castro: Then & Now

THEN: The traditional Castro Halloween street party was first established in 1946 by Cliff’s Variety Store owner, Ernie DeBaca, who decided to hold a costume contest for the local children. The kids came dressed in mostly DIY outfits and with items purchased from his all purpose store. They assembled in front...