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 #2


Huntington Cinema, Huntington Beach, CA, 1964

6 comments :

grumpyg said...

Five Points Shopping Center, Beach Blvd. and Main Street. Only movie theater I ever tried sneaking into, and the only movie theater I was ever thrown out of...
Before it closed forever they turned it into a two screen theater by building a wall down the middle isle of the auditorium. The building is still there minus the arches. It's an "Old Navy" now.

Greg said...

It's an "Old Navy" now.

That's heartbreaking.

swac said...

Yeah, at least the cinema that just closed here got turned into a library.

Timmy said...

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down...

grumpyg said...

I lived down the road in Fountain Valley, at night I could see the star on the top of their Marquee from our house. It is missed!!

Christopher said...

I wanna go see Mary Poppins again! waaaaaaa :o(