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Hollywood in Pleasanton Critics' Pick Staff Pick

When: Sun., Sept. 21, 12:30-4:30 p.m. 2008
Price: free

Bejeweled flappers, '40s noir heroines, and grease-painted Fatty Arbuckle-types will descend on Pleasanton this Sunday for a special celebration of old Hollywood in Pleasanton, sponsored by the Museum on Main (603 Main St.). Museum historians say that between 1910 and 1943 roughly three dozen Hollywood movies were filmed on location in Pleasanton, including the 1917 box office hit Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and the 1943 Abbott and Costello flick It Ain't Hay. Participants will take a self-guided tour through several downtown venues (including Towne Center Books, Worthington Gallery West, and the RoseHotel), and a chance to watch local actors recreate scenes from classic silent films and early talkies. You may run into a Mary Pickford-lookalike and be tempted to ask what a dame like her is doing in a town like this. Turns out she's a specter from the past. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $8-$10

— Rachel Swan


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