I have gathered a selection of public Facebook and YouTube comments that have been posted for my new film Starlight Over San Diego. It's my hope that the film continues to spread around San Diego and the world.
"Had no idea it was gone. Spent many an evening there. However, when I first came to SD I worked at the old Navy Hospital campus, teaching at the Hospital Corps School on the other side of the freeway, so we all had to do the Freeze Maneuver when the planes flew into Lindbergh. 🍷"
"Santana played there, so did the Allman Brothers. I saw the peace festival there in 2001, Country Joe, Big Brother and the Holding Co, Jefferson Starship, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Iron Butterfly among others played the festival."
Cheryl Shuster Hernandez
"That was a fun place"
Geoffrey A. Cox
":( First professional job here in San Diego. I was there the "final" seaaon and we worked hard to make it comeback...to no avail."
"Great !!!! One person not to forget .. Jim Croce played here one of His last concerts..after a few songs He said let the other outside people in for free"
"Dude I'm from SD, this was sick. The 2nd half was literally some next level shit. Really moving. The only thing i wanted to say was that I almost clicked away during the first half cuz i didn't really know what was going on and it just seemed like a home video of you walking around. but then once you started doing the interview and the vintage shots, I was hooked. maybe you could do more of an intro so I know whats coming cuz i almost missed the ending and that was heavy shit. sick tho bro."
"My mom would take us many times. Saw some great shows!"
Sandi Grossman Buehner with Ed Hollingsworth and 3 others
"Starlight bowl was my first introduction to theater. Sometimes my mother would take me, sometimes my aunt and uncle. We would picnic in the park prior to the plays. I have wonderful memories, some awe inspiring, others just funny. As I got older, my brother would take me to watch his friends get their start on the stage. This stage was the start for many local actors. They could experience professional theater as ensemble and hopefully over time, grow to a lead role.
When Sid was old enough, I bought season tickets and took him to every play. He often said, "One day, I'm going to be on that stage." I never really thought about it, until one year, he auditioned and did get to perform on the Starlight stage. That experience introduced us to a wonderful family, the Hollingsworths.
Over the years, we often talk about how sad this opportunity is lost on so many upcoming talents. It was a great way to build introduce youth to theater. It was a great way to build solid audience members, people who would forever forward love theater because of their experience as a child.
It is sad, that this historic spot is left to rot. It should be a shining light for our city, rather than a derelict building of only memories."
"I did make up on quite a few shows there"
"Did 2 shows there. Flyovers were a B_ _C H."
Lisa Marie Lawrence
"I wish it would re- open!"
"Had no idea this was abandoned. It's where our band, Horsefeathers, performed some of our most notable shows."
"Wow, how sad. Spent many a Saturday afternoon there with all the free concerts."
"We walked out on Into the Woods because of all the freezes they had to make due to planes flying over. Never went back after."
"A pillar of San Diego theatre! I certainly think of all the shows I saw and all the people I met at Starlight with remarkable fondness.
How tragic that no one has scooped it up and put some soul back into it yet!"
"Let's bring it back"
More to come. Also check out the deleted scenes.