Tuesday, March 8, 2011

El Capitan

When you return to the town of your childhood, 
the word "aged" takes on real, visual, meaning.

Neon lights still grace the movie house 
where you watched Elvis strut his stuff in "Viva Las Vegas" 
and couldn't wait to be old enough to sit in the balcony
(or maybe the cry room way up in the corner, where you knew the older kids were making out)...

...but they no longer shine and the ticket booth is empty. 
A peek through the glass doors reveals abandoned counters and dark stairs...

 ...and a building becomes a mirror, 
reflecting the lines on your face and gray streaks in your hair.


  1. Isn't it a shame when beautiful old buildings go to waste?

    Do you follow Meridian Road? She just had a post about this same thing yesterday.

    Meridian Road - We've Lost Something

  2. That's a direct link, just so you know. ;-)

  3. Neat old threater. I love your photos and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Yes, I have read "Goodbye to a River" by John Graves. I've even reviewed it here: http://sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com/2009/09/goodbye-to-river-narrative-book-review.html Great book!

  4. Jill, thanks to the link to Meridian Road - wonderful post! Sage, I'm not surprised you read it!


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