Video: H.P. Mendoza and his ukulele pay homage to old Mission theaters
Around 2:01, H.P. shared his amazing childhood journal technique, gluing Muni transfers to the pages to denote the date:
He then serenaded (yes, serenaded) us in the most charming way with a song about a bygone era in San Francisco, as seen from inside the 14-Mission. Captured in full in the video above, the song begins around 2:45. Lyrics below.
“Oh, Mission” (our title)
The Tower Theatre on 24th is where I saw Creepshow 2
They closed it down and turned it into a church.
The Muppets took Manhattan at the New Mission on Mission and 23rd.
They closed it down and now they sell furniture.
It’s also where I saw either Gremlins or Critters or Ghoulies or some horror flick.
I let those movies chill me to the bone.
The Crown Theatre’s where I saw Elm Street 2, which I thought was a piece of shit
Until I got older and saw the gay undertones.
The Grand Theatre’s where I saw Little Shop of Horrors dubbed in Spanish with English subs.
I’d also sneak into the other theaters ’cause the Grand had generic ticket stubs.
O, Mission – the price of admission to your theaters wasn’t enough.
We didn’t have the callouses to keep all of our palaces, so now we use them to sell “stuff.”
O, Mission – I’ll start a petition to make cinema succeed.
‘Cause O, Mission – it’s an omission, indeed.
Because O, Mission, it’s an omission, indeed.