This tiny memorial was flying from the marquee of this ramshackle community theater three weeks ago when I was visiting. Last week - it was still there - and so I made this capture. Everyone seems happy to let the small salute stand.
Here is a small edited clip from Gary Parks write-up in "Cinema Treasures" -
"Opened in 1947 and under the same family ownership/operation until its closure as a full-time movie house in the mid-1990s, the Capitola Theater was a much-loved double-feature bargain theatre serving all of Santa Cruz County. If you didn't want to pay top price at the other theatres in the county, you could usually wait several months and your film would play the "Cap." "
"At times threatened with demolition, the theater was rescued by a group of local opera artists, who built a stage in front of the screen and presented opera there with success, as well as screening movies to fill in spaces in their schedule."
Happy Independence Day, everybody (in the USA - at any rate).
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