Elks Temple History Pub: Eyes of the Totem

Tuesday, June 4 - 7pm

Presented by Michael Sullivan, Pacific Northwest historian, and Bill Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society President

McMenamins Elks Temple
5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome

More information: https://www.mcmenamins.com/events/205200-tacoma-in-the-movies-eyes-of-the-totem


Join us for the story of how Tacoma became the home of a major motion picture studio during the 1920s. In addition to a screening of the Tacoma-made-silent-film, Eyes of the Totem, enjoy a presentation about the nearby locations used in the film, the backstory of director W.S. Van Dyke,( who went on to be nominated for Academy Awards for films like The Thin Man and San Francisco with Clark Gable, Jeanette McDonald and Spencer Tracy), and the unlikely events leading to the discovery of the lost film just a few years ago.

It will also be a chance to learn about the history of Tacoma in the movies, including the lost Weaver Studio films that were made nearby, other major and minor productions shot in the area and the way film and the movies have shaped Tacoma’s theatre district and visual arts.

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