Sepia Scenes is hosted by Mary T, who also hosts the fabulous Ruby Tuesday.
The Hollywood Theatre is an icon in Portland. Built in 1926 in the fashion of the great movie palaces, it has remained a popular movie and concert venue in one of Portland's most active neighborhoods. I can't tell you how many times I've driven or walked by or into this theater and never really noticed the work of art that it is. I knew it was elaborate, even a bit gaudy. But until I aimed my zoom lens at it this week, I had no idea what the details looked like. And, of course, it begged for sepia!
The top piece:
One of several arched niches:
The center piece:
Middle left (duplicated on the right side, but with different figures):
Upper right side, duplicated on the left (of course, I had to play with a little half-sepia!):
This is the original marquee (photo from Oregon History Project):
Unfortunately, they've mucked it up with a big sign and more modern marquee:
Some information from the Oregon History Project:
The Hollywood was designed by the architectural firm of Bennes & Herzog of Portland. The style has been described as “Byzantine,” but is better characterized as Spanish Colonial Revival. It was constructed of poured concrete, but the entrance was topped by an elaborate tower of polychrome (colored) terra cotta with arched niches flanked by turned pillars. The two-story street side of the theater was capped by roof tiles that carried out the Spanish Colonial theme. Most theaters of this size were located in downtown areas, but the Hollywood was sited in a neighborhood shopping district that was well served by both streetcar and automobile.