Capitola Community Center
4400 Jade Street
Capitola, CA 95010 United States
Enjoy a special centennial showing of the movie, The Testing Block, shot in Capitola in 1920. It is a silent western, staring William S. Hart and Eva Novak. The movie crew spent much of March 1920, in Santa Cruz County, shooting scenes near Felton and Ben Lomond and in Capitola. A fake frontier town was built near the wharf, mostly consisting of false-fronts. Some of the adjacent Italian Fishing Village also appears in the movie. According to newspaper accounts, large crowds came to watch the filming. The movie takes place during the California Gold Rush and is typical western fare with a fight scene, chases, a robbery, guns, a jailbreak, etc. Hart’s character starts out as an outlaw but he gets married to a musician, Nelly Gray and goes straight. An evil member of his former outlaw gang, however, conspires to drive the couple apart through deceit so he can have a chance to marry the beautiful Nelly. Does Sierra Bill get her back? Well, you’ll just have come and watch the movie! There will also be refreshments, a display of theater memorabilia, and a short introductory talk by Curator Frank Perry. This event is presented by the Capitola Museum and sponsored by the Cabrillo College History Success Club. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.