State Theater

Tree blocking the State Theater sign
Minolta SR-T 101, 50mm f/1.7 MC Rokkor PF
Ferrania P30 Alpha

Memo to cities everywhere: stop planting trees near your downtown walkways, as they block clear views of your classic architecture and signage!

This theater in my hometown of South Bend needs an owner and a profitable purpose. It is one of the last two remaining theaters of many that South Bend used to have; read about them here. And see a photo of this theater from when South Bend replaced its main street with a disastrous pedestrian plaza here.


11 responses to “single frame: Tree blocking the State Theater sign”

  1. DougD Avatar

    And such a great sign too! Real light bulbs and stuff.

    We’ve already seen two films at our restored Westdale theatre since it opened. The only quibble I have is that they have an LED marquee sign, but I guess that makes sense when you’re showing three different films each day.

    They Shall Not Grow Old is playing tomorrow at 6:30, wanna go?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s wonderful that, even though the theater hasn’t found a good, long-term use in 40 years, the sign has been maintained.

      The Palace theater down the street is a going concern again after a renovation and it too used an LED sign. I can’t say I blame them.

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    Perfectly exposed!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The SR-T was a capable tool!

  3. analogphotobug Avatar

    Better to work with the Tree than rage against it’s presence. And it is a great exposure!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You sound like a Zen master! I love it.

  4. John Holt Avatar

    I love to see the preservation of things I claimed as a child! Great photography; again.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you kind sir!

  5. Sam Avatar

    Great shot Jim but the tree, that happens to me a lot! Don’t you hate it when you see a great photo op and a tree or a pole blocks it!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh yes. I’ve been known to Photoshop out power lines and such, but there’s nothing you can do about a tree.

      1. Sam Avatar

        Jim ha thanks for reminding me of the times I used to spend hours cloning out stuff!! Haven’t done that in years but it’s sure good for your Photoshop skills!

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