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 #15


The Culver Theatre, Culver City, CA. After being converted to three screens in the seventies it closed in the nineties, was gutted and restored, and is now the Kirk Douglas Theatre for the Performing Arts.

4 comments :

Richard said...

Yes, but will they ever show NEW YEAR'S EVIL, THE PROWLER, - or BLOOD BEACH?

Christopher said...

still letting folks know in 1968 that the movies ARE in color...

pal shazar said...

i spent my childhood going to the culver. 75 cents i think. plus you could stay and watch the movie twice.

Mrrspidey said...

Man, oh, Man, do I remember the Culver. I worked at MGM in the 80's, and whenever we felt the need for a gory slasher film, we hit the Culver (it was right across the street). It has turned into a grindhouse by that time, and was badly converted into a multiplex. We saw all the "greats" -- the original Friday the 13th, Don't Go into The House, Maniac, and countless more. I also saw one of my favorite "B-type" movies ever there -- "The Sword and The Sorcerer." I'm glad to see the old girl has received a nice makeover, but I miss the bad old days of the place, too.