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 #4

La Reina Theater, Sherman Oaks, CA 1938


That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Fred March. At first, I thought it was Fred Mertz!

Greg said...

I wish Fred Mertz had been the lead character in movies. I'd go see Frawley in a lead role, especially if it meant the chance to win a free 1939 Packard.

Christopher said...

HEY RICKY!!!!(with my loud vaudeville voice,so people can hear in the back row)

Christopher said...

movie theatres I went to in the 60s and early 70s,still looked like that..tho you can easily imagine the double and triple screen moving in inside of those..