Monday, March 21, 2011

art deco cinema

Some of the time, it seems crazed not to head down the Interstates all the time - but I do have this weakness for the big cross country roads - today, the 24 and the 30, across Illinois and Indiana and into Ohio (where I am staying INSIDE a silo - the old Quaker Oats silo in Akron, now the University Inn, and, it seems, extra student housing, too ...).   And the rewards, other than being stuck behind farm machinery, are great: witness today's cinema, in Watseka, Illinois.   This was designed by Louis Skidmore, who was the architect for the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center in Chicago, and opened in 1931, declined during the 60s and 70s, closed in 1998 - but in 2007 was bought by a former music teacher, Charles Gomez, who's restoring it as much as possible - I wish I'd had the time to stop properly, for there must be a whole lot of stories there.

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