Writing about a place often includes reflection on the structures that are there. And sometimes they become the focal point of a story because they are so interesting or unusual. I was reminded of that a couple weeks ago when we stopped in the small prairie town of Julesburg, Colo. As soon as we drove onto the two-block Main Street, we were greeted by an interesting theater building. My first comment was, “I’m sure that’s long-closed.” But as we drove closer it became apparent that first-run movies still were being shown there. So, I just had to stop and snap a photo of the place.
Arriving home, I went to historical records to see if I could learn more, and found a 1919 photo that basically shows the theater (called the Hippodrome) – and it looks just as it does yet today. The short write-up said it seated 500 in 1919. Then I saw a note that said it was recently “updated” and now seats about 175. Hmmm.
Anyway, I think if I lived there – both during its century-ago heyday and even now – I would want to go there regularly, just to say I did. And, of course, to take notes. A better setting might be had to find.
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