Last September, while driving north on the California coast, we stopped in Arcata to visit an historical movie theater that I had seen mentioned on the Internet. This is supposed to be the oldest operating theater in the US. At least that's what the plaque on the exterior wall of the building says. (See photo #2). The Minor Theater opened in 1914. I have seen several references on the Internet claiming other theaters in the US to be older than the Minor Theater. Nevertheless, it's an interesting vintage building to observe, and I'm glad that we stopped to see and photograph it.
All photos were taken with D700 + 24-85 f/2.8-4. Exposure was shot aperture-priority at f/8 with Auto ISO set to float as high as 6400 and at 1/200 minimum shutter speed.
Comments are welcome.
1. This is it.
2. This is the plaque on the exterior wall.
3. A closer view of the theater. Arcata is lumber country, and I really like the treatment in wood of the theater entry area.
Did you tweak the first photo? Looking at the vertical and horizontal lines they appear straight and plumb but the interior of the ticket sales area seems as if the squares are parallelograms, almost rhomboid. (Or it could be the after effects of the margaritas I had with dinner. )
Frankly I never noticed the distortion you see in the first photo, and I'm having trouble convincing myself that I see it now that you bring it to my attention. I don't drink, so I can't slug down a couple of margaritas to determine if this might be a margarita-induced phenomenon!
For your information the lens I was using has significant distortion at wide angle settings--32 mm. in this case for the first and last photos. It's not the lens for architectural photos but it's the only one I had with me at the time. I used recently-acquired PTLens to make distortion corrections.
I think that you will get a kick out of seeing the Minor Theater which was named after Isaac Minor, the successful local businessman who had the theater built. Hopefully there won't be a major street construction project going on in the area when you visit. The theater is located at the intersection of 10th and H Streets in Arcata, and we found the intersection being torn up when we arrived. That's why you see that construction company truck on the left hand side of photo #1 pointed the wrong way on a one-way street.
When I read the title and opened the post I thought I was going to see an Operating Theatre, complete with table, ceiling mounted lamp, gas and all sorts of other equipment, and maybe at couple of surgeons and nurses. I used to have some modest expertese in the design of operating theatres, but actually its an operational picture theatre
Anyway, its good to see 3 quality pictures of this old place, particularly the third one of panelled timber entrance screen.