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Friday, February 17, 2012

Miss The Princess Bride at Presidio Library? Inconceivable!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 5:59 AM

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  • Does anybody want a peanut?

When children's librarian Jean Sweeney proposed showing The Princess Bride at the Presidio Library's new Saturday matinee series, branch manager Megan Anderson knew just what to say:

As you wish.

At SF Weekly, we care a lot about the gamblers and the pushers and the geeks. We care a lot about the crack and smack and wack that hits the street. We care a lot about the welfare of all the boys and girls. We care a lot about you people 'cause we're out to save the world. But we also care about stuff that's just downright sweet. And starting up a matinee film series in a classy old library -- with raffles, dammit! Don't forget the raffles! -- is downright sweet.

Those raffles, by the way, are decided by reaching into a bucket and pulling out the winning ticket -- a pale silhouette of the proper way of handing out old-time movie house prizes, which just has to involve a big spinning wheel.

"Oh, I wish we had a big wheel!" pines Anderson. If any member of the general public wants to help her obtain or build one, drop a line here.

Anderson, by the way, won points with us when asked what version of Robin Hood will be shown at a future Presidio matinee show. She wasn't sure if it was the Errol Flynn version or the Disney version, but put her foot down and insisted "it's not the Kevin Costner version."

Movies are always shown on the third Saturday of the month, at 3 p.m. You can remember this.

You'll also be interested to learn that the location of the Presidio Library, 3150 Sacramento, is the site of the "fictional" library at which Richard Brautigan's novel The Abortion is set.

Fans of that work stop by fairly often. If they do so on Saturday at 3 p.m., perhaps they will win a pirate-themed memento of their visit. Better that than a rodent of unusual size.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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