Carol Doda Toplesss at the Condor

R / 100min


Lark Theater Fri, May 10 9:00 AM
Lark Theater Sat, May 11 9:30 PM
Lark Theater Tue, May 14 4:20 PM
Lark Theater Wed, May 15 12:00 PM
Lark Theater Thu, May 16 2:30 PM
Lark Theater Fri, May 17 11:40 AM
Lark Theater Tue, May 21 2:00 PM
Lark Theater Thu, May 23 4:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2023
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Marlo McKenzie, Jonathan Parker
Cast:Philip DerDevanis, Carol Doda, Charlie Farrugia
Screenwriter:Marlo McKenzie, Jonathan Parker




Against the backdrop of the 1964 Republican Convention, a San Francisco cocktail waitress became one of the city's most popular entertainers after making her debut as America's first topless dancer. The new documentary feature Carol Doda Topless at the Condor tells the story of the fresh-faced girl next door who defied convention and the law by gyrating atop a white baby grand piano and turning a North Beach nightclub into the city's second-most-popular tourist attraction after the Golden Gate Bridge. Meanwhile, Doda's very public use of silicone to enhance her breasts launched a new industry. Directors Marlo McKenzie and Jonathan Parker share an unprecedented look at Doda's life and legacy, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the vibrant, sometimes outrageous and always entertaining world of North Beach.

What I see is a social media influencer before social media, a person who did whatever it took to keep us looking, especially if that meant she didn’t have to look too deeply at herself. - Johanna Schneller, Globe and Mail

A sharp picture of the inimitably cool Doda as more than just a symbol of both exploitation and cultural change, but also as an ambitious entertainer, a caustic wit, and a melancholic enigma. - Marya E. Gates,