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Marquee of the 'Theater Capitola'

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 3 July 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

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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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

An eloquent image, I like it very much!

3 Jul 2009 5:29am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Patriotism even around this old building.... A nice find, Stephen.

3 Jul 2009 6:09am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great capture. Happy 4th.

3 Jul 2009 12:29pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Great eye! Happy 4th of July!!!

3 Jul 2009 2:44pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great catch..... what a sad commentary, really...... And Happy 4th to you too!!!

3 Jul 2009 4:22pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Happy 4th of July…

3 Jul 2009 5:28pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very fitting salute to our independence. Nice shot.

3 Jul 2009 6:21pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Exceptional capture for the occasion. Has a melancholy feel to it. In my opinion it looks like a good picture of the shape of our economy.

3 Jul 2009 7:19pm

@sherri: I agree - these are sad and trying times in many respects. More optimism in tomorrow's post - I promise. Scout's honor.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Happy 4th of July ! Excellent capture for this occasion :)

3 Jul 2009 10:46pm

grant from kansas city, United States

i really like this one!

6 Jul 2009 8:34pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Priceless. Nice capture! I love it

8 Jul 2009 12:53am