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.

Film Photography, Preservation, Road Trips

single frame: Tree blocking the State Theater sign



11 thoughts on “single frame: Tree blocking the State Theater sign

  1. DougD says:

    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?


    • 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.


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