The wave-swept remnants of Sutro Baths below San Francisco’s Cliff House are among the city’s most famous ruins. The new documentary “Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End” highlights the heyday of the lavish bathhouse, which opened in 1896 and featured six saltwater pools, more than 500 dressing rooms and several restaurants, all enclosed by 100,000 square feet of glass.

Watch the trailer for “Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End”:

Tom Wyrsch, filmmaker behind "Sutro's: The Palace at Land's End," opening at the Balboa Theater November 4th
James Smith, San Francisco historian and author of books including "San Francisco's Playland at the Beach: the Early Years" and "San Francisco's Lost Landmarks"

  • Anthony Gargiulo

    I live in the Outer Richmond and have made the Sutro Baths one of my favorite little walks/haunts. Speaking of haunts, I was wondering if anyone knows of any ghost stories associated with the baths?

  • Jeff

    Would having a public bath, diminish voyarism?

    Would it be psycholicially healthier or a conflict of interest with societies morals?

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