Last night was another movie night presentation at the López Adobe, this time with the screening of the 1941 classic Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The program was part of a series sponsored by the City of San Fernando’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The inflatable screen and projector were set up on the north end of the property near the storage and restroom building, while tours of the Adobe were offered for about two hours prior.
Visitors to the house had the great experience of touring the early 1880s landmark with Andrea Brooks Rynders, great-great-granddaughter of Gerónimo and Catalina Lopez, the home’s owners for nearly four decades.
It’s one thing to hear the story of a family and house, but another matter entirely to get that from a descendant. It’s something that people don’t get to do all that often and Andrea is carrying on the knowledge of her family and the house passed on through her father, the late John Brooks, who, sadly, passed away just before the López Adobe’s reopening in March 2015.
It was also another type of experience to be in the López Adobe at night, especially when the evening is cooler after a warm day, the building is lit up, and downtown San Fernando activity quieter.
As some of the photos here show, the Adobe takes on a really luminous quality when photographed at night (even from obviously amateur images like these!) That’s why the movie night is such a great idea. Not only do visitors get to see interesting films with commentary by city council member Jaime Soto, but they can see and experience the house in a different way.
The next opportunity for vistors to see the Adobe won’t be at night, but come out and take a tour and learn about the interesting history of the López family, their long-time home and the area on Sunday, 23 October from 1 to 4 p.m.