A Movie Monster: A Benefit for Canyon Cinema
San Francisco: Straight Theatre, . 81/2 x 11 in. Mimeograph. Very good. Item #6000
Rare broadside for a large film screening by Bruce Baille, Ed Dundas, Larry Jordan, and others to benefit Canyon Cinema, the independent filmmakers' cooperative formed by Baille a few years ealier.
Straight Theatre, formerly Haight Theatre, was purchased in 1966 by Reg E. Williams and a group of like-minded hippies, who sought to turn it into a film, dance and music venue.
The venue opened on June 15, 1967, with performances by Oakland's Wildflower and The Grateful Dead. It would close only a few years later, in 1969. During this time, the theatre served as a more free-spirited alternative to the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom, featuring big name acts like the Dead, Janis Joplin, Little Richard, James Cotton, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, and many more.
The flyer for an underground film screening to benefit Bruce Baillie's Canyon Cinema, at the short-lived but influential Straight Theatre.