Chris Hardman, the founder of Antenna Theater, invented the Magic Bus, a moving tour bus and movie theater that gives riders a look at San Francisco in the 1960s. The Magic Bus is celebrating its first anniversary on the summer solstice with an all-day event today.
What is the Magic Bus? It’s half tour bus, half traveling movie theater. So half the time, you’re looking out the window at the real world, and the other half of the time, the screens come down and you’re looking at the past. The story is about the ’60s.
Where does the Magic Bus take you? It starts out in Union Square and goes through Chinatown, North Beach, the Financial District, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers and City Hall. It takes about 90 minutes.
And the first tour was a year ago? It started out a year ago as part of the S.F. International Arts Festival, and since then it has just kept going. People wanted to get on it, so we’ve just kept doing the Magic Bus.
And the Magic Bus will keep on running? That’s the exciting part, as it seems like it’s going to become a fixture in the life of San Francisco.