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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Town That Time Forgot

Sometimes I look at pictures I take of Victoria and I feel like I'm in some kind of time warp. Here we are in the throbbing heart of Victoria's downtown and, if it weren't for the new model cars, the photo might have been taken in the 1950's. Anyway, here's a treat for all the red neon and classic movie marquee fans out there, Victoria's Odeon Cinema, built in 1946. Inside, of course, it's been transformed into seven little mini-theatres but outside it still looks just like movie houses all used to look. The Odeon Cinema is on Yates Street, between Douglas and Blanshard Streets. Odeon, for those interested in etymology, means "music hall."

16 comments:

USelaine said...

I'm glad neon stayed with us long enough to become fashionable again. This looks like a nice refuge from the cold of winter.

Babzy said...

cinema a place where i like to be ;) nice shot !

Wayne said...

Throbbing heart?

I've been to the Odeon a couple of times, I like it.

Virginia said...

What a great downtown shot. Yep, right out of the 50's. There I am going to the movies with my girlfriends, giggling over the silly boys. Hey Wayne!!
V

Benjamin Madison said...

Throbbing heart? Just my feeble attempt at irony. Throbbing gall bladder would probably be more appropriate for Victoria.

USelaine said...

Boy, when it hits you, it hits you hard. I'm looking forward to seeing the patterns of chewing gum stuck to the sidewalk, overflowing dumpsters, maybe some roadkill. Then, in a couple of weeks, the days will start to grow longer again.

USelaine said...

You know, we're expecting a snowstorm this weekend. Why don't you come down for a visit, and cheer up?

Seeing instead of looking said...

Streets like this remind me of what Vancouver used to look like before the 1980's. We owe our gratitude to preservation societies such as the Hallmark Society http://www.hallmarksociety.ca/ who are a tireless voice for urban conservation in our community.

Laurie said...

Oh, I LOVE this!

babooshka said...

This is a cinematic image and the film I'm thinking of is The Last Picture Show. Very eveocative shot.

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks all for your kind remarks.

Elaine, the gall bladder comment was just a reference to Victoria's aged population, generally long past the age of heart-throbbing and more likely to be suffering the vicissitudes of other organs. Just because I refuse to revel in the joys of frostbite and hypothermia doesn't mean I'm not my usual jolly self. It's quite natural to hide away from winter - bears, for example, very sensibly hibernate and nobody quizzes them over their lack of fortitude.

Wayne said...

Just checking in. My ears were burning and I didn't think it was frostbite.

USelaine said...

*sigh*

JT said...

Perfect shutter speed. Open just enough to show the walkers moving.

Virginia said...

Stop all this talk about old people right this minute!
V

Snapper said...

Victoria does indeed have that out-of-time look about it and you've captured it perfectly here. Stay warm!