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 #25




The Diana Cinema, Cairo, Egypt, 1942.  Still in operation, still one screen.  Seats 1,570.

2 comments :

swac said...

Kinda like the Cinerama Theatre in Havana, it's still a single screen cinema, although the curved one is long gone. Not quite as ornate, but it has a certain rustic charm. Too bad most of what they show is on video, not 35mm, but that's the way it goes.

Brent McKee said...

I just noticed what was playing there - "Love Thy Neighbor" with Jack Benny and Fred Allen!