Sunday, March 14, 12:00 noon Pacific Time
In 1915, less than ten years after the catastrophic earthquake and fire of 1906, San Francisco threw a spectacular celebration of culture and progress—and just plain fun—with the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Over the ten months of this magnificent world’s fair, more than 18 million people visited the 635-acre fairgrounds, land that had been recently reclaimed from San Francisco Bay!
The PPIE was not the first World’s Fair to have movies. In fact, Edweard Muybridge showed moving pictures at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and there was a major film component of the Paris Exposition of 1900. Film recorded ceremonies at other international expositions, but the PPIE was the first to use movies in its marketing, the first to have industrial films demonstrating working conditions and products of other countries, and the first to have so much day-to-day covered by motion pictures.
Join us as we screen some footage from 106 years ago documenting this great moment in San Francisco history.