Special Halloween Matinee Double Feature. “Haunted Sonoma County” and “Harry Houdini –Magic Among the Spirits” Both Sonoma County historical films were made by Sonoma County filmmaker Tom Wyrsch who will be in attendance to give opening remarks and answer questions about the films. One ticket price!
Haunted Sonoma County
Sonoma County's fascinating history stretches back more than a century. Most everyone knows it for the acres of vineyards that make up part of the region's award-winning wine production. Sonoma County wines are known the world over. But until now, its ghosts have been kept a secret. Their stories, revealed here for the first time, paint a unique portrait of the area and its colorful residents. Wailing women, dark shadows, ladies in white -- it's a secret no more: Sonoma County is haunted.
Laurie Jacobson - Hollywood Haunted
Produced & Directed by Tom Wyrsch
72 minutes - 2016
Harry Houdini - Magic Among the Spirits
Harry Houdini's grand illusions and daring escape acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time. Houdini also campaigned against fraudulent psychic mediums. Houdini and his wife Bess made a pact that the first to die would try to communicate from beyond the grave with the survivor. Houdini died first on October 31st, 1926. So for ten consecutive years Mrs. Houdini held a seance trying to reach the spirit of Houdini. The final was held in Los Angeles in 1936.
On October 31st, 1964 the first Harry Houdini seance was held in Sonoma County, California. Held in secret locations throughout the county, it was organized and publicized by Petaluma’s Argus Courier newspaper columnist Bill Soberanes. It soon became an annual Halloween event for the next 37 years. Attended by local magicians, friends of Houdini and many special guests.
Showtimes: 12pm Sunday October 23rd for Haunted Sonoma County. 1:30pm for Houdini. Standard admission gives you access to both films, no advance ticket sales. Doors open 45 minutes before show-time.