It's our ruins – the Pantages Theater at Hollywood and Vine – 6233 Hollywood Boulevard – designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca – the last theater built for that odd impresario Alexander Pantages, and quite Art Deco. It opened on June 4, 1930, but Pantages sold it in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters, and in 1949 Howard Hughes acquired it as part his RKO Theatre Circuit – and he moved his personal offices to the second floor. From 1949 through 1959 the place hosted the Academy Awards show. And then it all ended. It's now where you can go see what was big on Broadway long ago – the travelling companies doing Cats or West Side Story or whatever. It's now what they call picturesque.
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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.