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 #9

The Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA.


Chris Rywalt said...

Forget before the age of multiplexes, the Alex still looks like that! And coming up this Saturday: the 12th Annual Three Stooges Film Festival!

Makes me wish I wasn't on the east coast.

Greg said...

Oh I know, I'm a regular visitor to Cinema Treasures and I check out the status of each cinema before I post. Most are demolished or converted into something else (a church usually) but The Alex is the rare one listed as "Open." Glad that it is too.

Chris Rywalt said...

In nearby Passaic, New Jersey, on the main drag, there was the only porno theater I've ever seen outside of Times Square. And that was just a few years ago. Recently I happened to be in the area again and found it's become a Spanish-language church.

If I could fine a vintage photo, maybe it'd be good for Twilight of the Raincoats.

Greg said...

It's amazing how many become churches isn't it? I mean, it's logical given the space needed, but for a former porn theater it seems especially odd.

Chris Rywalt said...

I guess theaters and churches do have a lot in common, and the raked floors of even the old movie theaters aren't good for much else. One theater in Staten Island I remember became a furniture store, but only after several weeks of cement trucks outside, presumably filling the angled floor flat.

When I sang with a group in college, we'd sometimes sing in churches, and our director always had a hard time not calling the altar the stage.

Tom said...

Is this theater still here??!

Chris Rywalt said...

Clicken sie on the links in my first comment and you shall see, oh yes, you shall see the theater is still here. Or anyway where it's always been. And still open for business.