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 #18

Majestic Theater 1964
The Majestic Theater, Santa Monica, CA, 1964.

7 comments :

estiv said...

Now that's a façade: there seems to be no structural reason for any one of those features.

Timmy said...

Been to this theatre many times.

Lawrence LaRiviere White said...

I'm confused: what McHale's Navy would be playing at a theater?

Greg said...

This pic is from 1964, the year the movie version of McHale's Navy was released.

Andy 7 said...

This was on Santa Monica Blvd. right by the Promenade that spent its last few years as a British music hall, now torn down. It's just a memory now.

Tommy O'C said...

McHale's Navy. Ahead of its time, actually. Before audiences paid inflated prices to see their favorite TV shows on the big screen.

mlmustang said...

I used to work here when it was the Mayfair Music Hall. Dr. Bombay from Bewitched (Bernard Fox)was the "Chairman" of a vaudeville revivial show back in the late 70's to early 80's... Good times.