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 #21

The Rivoli Theater, New York, NY.


JL Cancio said...

Grat picture!

a-natural-man said...

Frame in a frame??

Do you think this is a co-incidence that Cleopatra was filmed in TODD-AO???

The "Todd" in "Todd AO" refers to that Mike Todd (the promoter part of the partnership). AO refers to American Optical (the tech part of the partnership).

Brent McKee said...

Interesting that the name of two of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands are on the marquee: the Todd-AO was created by and named for her third husband Mike Todd, and of course it co-starred her fifth/sixth husband Richard Burton.

Robert Cook said...

I loved the Rivoli Theater! I saw many movies there, but I particularly remember seeing George Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD and a preview showing of Cronenberg's VIDEODROME where we were asked to fill out questionnaire cards after the showing expressing our reactions to the film. What a tragedy when this and other great Times Square theaters were demolished.