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 #19

Coronet Theatre
The Coronet Theatre, London, England.

3 comments :

Ben said...

For a minute I thought this might be some now-destroyed, pre-shopping centre frontage for the Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle (which operated as a cinema through much of the 20th C); then realised the lack of any railway arches etc. on the left hand side probably rules that out.

A brief web search reveals it's actually the Coronet a couple of miles up the road in Eltham: http://www.thecoroneteltham.com/
A grade II listed building, but depressingly, one that's in the process of being turned into some kind of housing development.

Also not to be confused with the somewhat grander Coronet, Notting Hill: http://coronetcinema.co.uk/index.html
Still open as a cinema, but owned by a church...? I had no idea.

Well, that was fun - thanks for giving me an excuse for some tedious local history googling.

Greg said...

Hell, thanks for doing it. That's more info than I could've provided.

Trader said...

So much style !

Kind of miss such theaters when I take a look at the ones we have now...