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Film Screening: "When the World Came to San Francisco"

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When the World Came to San Francisco

Image courtesy of R. Christian Anderson

Koret Auditorium

Back by popular demand! "When the World Came to San Francisco" (2015, 79 min.) is a drama-documentary about the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. The film is based on Reyna Belasco Rosenthal's (1895–1976) 1965 interview with a reporter, where she tells of the Vaudeville era at the turn-of-the-century, the 1906 earthquake, Luisa Tetrazzini celebrating reconstruction, and finally, how the idea for the 1915 world's fair came about and visiting the fair itself. Starring Beverly Washburn (Star Trek, The Streets of San Francisco, Old Yeller) and Gerry O'Brien (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Tudors). A centennial celebration!

Ticket Information

Complimentary tickets for the film are distributed beginning at 6 pm at the Koret Auditorium entrance. Seating is limited. Tickets are first come, first served.
Programming and general admission to the permanent collection galleries are free of charge during Friday Nights at the de Young. A discounted $15 ticket is required to visit the special exhibition galleries.


Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett, the Koret Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation. During Friday Nights, funding from The Hearst Foundations makes possible free general admission to the permanent collection galleries. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.

Contact Information

Mitzi Mathews
(415) 750-7694