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Thursday, September 16, 2010 Eighty Years Ago

Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930

You know September Song Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, from the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. September makes you think about the past. It's a sad and odd business. And, from eighty years ago, this is the Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, at the east end of Beverly Hills known as the "Fox Wilshire" when it opened on September 19, 1930 serious Art Deco by architect S. Charles Lee. For many years it was one of Fox's premier movie palaces, but the last big movie event was on November 4, 1953 Marilyn Monroe arriving on the red carpet at the premiere of "How to Marry a Millionaire." Now it's the Saban Theater a new performing arts center (see Art Deco Lives for more). But in the September sunlight you can kind hear that Kurt Weill tune.

Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930
Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, S. Charles Lee, 1930

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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