Milk: The Transformation of Castro Street


Harvey Milk’s camera shop, out of which he ran his campaign office. Quite a stunning transformation considering just weeks ago it was the gift shop Given we profiled earlier on Towleroad.
(photo source for the camera shop)


Castro Theater (source)

More Photos
Retro-fitting [i’m just sayin]
Castro Milk transformation
More MILK Pictures [gay cities]
Sprouting overnight, it’s Toad Hall [castro shopper]
So Here We Go [the milk fanboys]
Increased Milk Production [castro shopper]
Gus Van Sant’s Milk Set Photos [/film]

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  1. Paul R says

    I remember when people were debating the merits of showing up free to re-create the march and vigil scenes for this movie. I’m going to the first one but will be out of town for the second. Anyway, in the invitation it says that if you’re coming to the second one (the vigil) to “Please bring your own candle.”

    That struck me as incredibly cheap. People are performing free to support the movie, and the producers can’t come off the few hundred dollars (at most) that it would cost to buy some candles for the volunteers? It’s really kind of funny.

    The neighborhood does look cool. Very noticeably different, and mobbed with people interested in seeing the changes.

  2. Michael says

    I was in the first March the night it all happened, although I’ll be there as an extra in the movie it will be hard to solidify the feeling that night so long ago. I also use to dance at Toad Hall, the beginning of the Gay scene in San Francisco was such a time of so many beginnings and endings. There were so many wonderful Men who are now gone taken to early and clubs and a night life like none other may we all never forget.

  3. adam in chicago says

    RE: the first poster’s comment on people bringing their own candles. I have a feeling that the producers wanted variety and in order to do so, instead of trying to find hundreds of different types of candles, have asked the extras to bring their own. Much better than them all having the same candle type, especially if that wasn’t how it originally looked.

  4. says

    As someone who works in the film industry I agree with “Adam In Chicago.” Though if I were the producer(s) I would reccomend people bring more than one; the night looks like it will be a long one and once your candles done essentially so are you. No doubt they will have candles for all the people who forgot to bring one.

  5. says

    Thanks for mentioning my website “Uncle Donald’s Castro Street” again. I was on Castro Street today with my camera. I wanted to post some pictures but couldn’t figure out how to do it. The newly repainted Castro theater looks fabulous. Many old stores are back (at least temporarily). They are doing a good job of accurately recreating the interior of Castro Camera. They even have an old barber chair like Harvey did. BTW: 440 Castro, which has been redone as Toad Hall (and looks good), is having a Toad Hall party Thursday Feb 7, 9 PM with prices rolled back to 1978.