The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Before the Age of Multiplexes #1

The Chapultepec Theater, Mexico City, 1944


Charley Starkweather said...

** unhh **

[sound of. . . completion]

I love that theater.

Bogota, Colombia also had such a theater; a Cinermascope-showing, not quite as artistic, but ornate yet contemporary, theater. 1960s. Calle 72, near Séptima.

Thank you, mister greg

Greg said...

Isn't it beautiful? I'd love to see a 40's flick there.

alonso ruvalcaba said...

it was a beautiful theatre, indeed.

i think there's a hsbc there, now.


swac said...

Now I really wish I'd gone into that old Cinerama theatre in Havana...

Peter L. Winkler said...

Looks like a set from Things to Come.