Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Signs in Los Angeles

 An unseasonably cool and clear May
 in Southern California.


Perhaps the only example of a rodent 
as a successful restaurant mascot.
Storefront Church.
A "freestanding" department store,
relic from the 1960s.
A billboard infested area east 
of downtown Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rialto Theater, South Pasadena







Without a doubt, I  spent more time in the Rialto than any other theater over the years. I inevitably encountered friends and acquaintances in the lobby, which has always been part of the cinema experience. As a boy, I saw the original Love Bug on my first visit.  I seem to remember Let It Be as a double bill with The Magic Christian when both were first run movies. Later when the the theater became a "revival house",  I saw Let It Be again, as well as countless films of all descriptions. There were also series featuring Hitchcock, Truffaut and other directors. 

The Rialto was always scruffy -- now it's a tragic wreck. Moribund for several years now; it seems unlikely to return from the dead.  I  photographed it this weekend with my iPod. 

Standing next to the Rialto's ghostly ticket booth, it occurred to me that I could access virtually any movie on my iPod and view it on the spot. However, this capability is totally devoid of charm. In fact, it's repellent.

Even when I visited the Rialto by myself, it was a social act.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Shrine #2

Shrine
Pasadena/Highland Park Border
Different view.
What is usually hidden is revealed,
known in construction lingo as;
"demo", or "partial tear down"
When rebuilt as "rehab",
or "upgrade" or "up to code"
Wood, Metal, Plaster
all of our earth.

Why not shrine?