Friday, January 30, 2015
Here are two more images from a series of beautiful slides from 1958! The color and clarity are great.
Here's a nice portrait of the Main Street Cinema. I remember camping out for three days to see The Empire Strikes Back here. But when I got inside, it was a bunch of silent black-and-white movies. Hey, what gives?! Did I mention that I camped out in my parent's back yard? It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Suave Ronald Colman stars in "Lady Windermere's Fan"… I assume Lady Windermere played baseball, and had to deal with a lot of crazy fans. I love a good baseball movie!
But for reals, "Lady Windermere's Fan" was released in 1925, and Ronald Colman played a character named "Lord Darlington", which is a silly name if I ever heard one. IMDB's plot summary sounds fairly dreary to me, but users give it 7.6 stars (out of 10), which isn't bad.
Notice the light post sign for the Columbia.
A sidewalk sign advertises a 1914 movie called "The Plumber", starring Charlie Murray, who acted in 283 films (!!), including many silent comedies; his career continued as talkies took over. He passed away in 1941.
Next we get a nice look down East Center Street, with the Gibson Greeting Cards store on the corner. It's so empty! Folks could not be persuaded to stroll down that cul-de -sac.
Zooming in a bit gives us a better look at Swift's "red wagon". Down at the end of the street is the Pen Shop and Coin Shop.