Anyone living in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970s and 80s remembers watching fondly "Creature Features", the very funny Saturday night show on KTVU, Channel 2. Bob Wilkins was a marvelously sardonic wit, and frequently warned viewers to turn to programs on other stations rather than sit through "Attack of the Mushroom People". When Bob Wilkins retired, he was replaced by John Stanley, a more movie savvy critic for the San Francisco Chronicle who had a deep abiding love for the horror genre.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26, Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is proud to present our Creature Features weekend! TV host John Stanley will be here in person signing autographs and showing clips from behind the scenes at the Creature Features show. Tom Wyrsch, long time fan of the show and personal friend of both Wilkins and Stanley, produced a superb documentary last year called "Watch Horror Movies -- Keep America Strong!" Tom will be with us to talk about his friendship with Wilkins who passed away last year after suffering with Alzheimer's disease.
Guests to Playland will have the opportunity to see footage never aired on television and to hear stories about many of the behind-the-scenes snafus that occurred in that era of live broadcasting. Our guests will have a table of artifacts and memorabilia as well as items for sale. Don't miss this amazing weekend. Rumor has it that the Mushroom People might even make a guest appearance!
For horror movie fans, you will also get a sneak peek at our upcoming “Haunted Manor” attraction, guaranteed to frighten your socks off! Take part in our Monster Hunt Contest! Monsters are lurking in every corner of our museum, and it’s up to you to find them!
And if you’re really nice to John Stanley, he might let you get your picture taken sitting in his legendary chair that he used while hosting Creature Features!
The special events of Creature Features Weekend are in addition to all of Playland's regular attractions. Guests pay one low price to enter and can stay all day: $10 for children and seniors, and $15 for general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements -- circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.
10979 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Website is www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org
(510) 932-8966 Cell Phone
(510) 592-3002 24-Hour Information Line
Added by arielletmg on July 8, 2009