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Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Liberty Theatre, Sunday Market

I took this photo at last week's Sunday Market. Today looks to be another clear day, if getting colder. (October 11th will be the last outdoor Sunday Market of the year; I wonder if part of it will move indoors, as it did last year?) Here you can also see a bus dressed like a street car that runs part of the week. I'm not sure what days, but certainly on Sundays and probably when the cruise ships are in. You get a small glimpse of the east end of Commercial Street. Two blocks down the way it merges with Marine Drive. Sunday Market takes up three blocks and two parking lots. The Liberty is at about the halfway point.

The Liberty is one of Astoria's prize features, and it's gone through major renovation inside and out in the last seven or eight years. I featured the inside in this post and this one. You can see the outside of the building, or mainly the top, in this post. It's the large mass of building at the center right of the photo.

The Liberty Theatre was built in 1925 in a Mediterranean exterior, and is said to have some of the best acoustics around. Even music groups from Portland enjoy coming to play here. The inside is adorned with painted panels of Venice, carrying out the Mediterranean theme. Originally used for vaudeville and silent movies, it now hosts live music, dance, graduations, and I even went to an art appraisal event there. Now that it's been refurbished, it sees a lot of use.

9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

It's gorgeous! And it's great that it's still in use.

Jacob said...

I wonder if that's where Clark Gable made his appearance way back when...

Bus dressed as a street car...love that phrase, Sheryl!

Love open markets, too. It must be kind of sad to see it close for the season.

The facade of the theater is just plain yummy!

[P.S. Did you happen to see the paean to your literary and photographic skills by one Lee Spangler? Methinks he is right!]

Jacob said...

Me again. I meant to thank you for your note, too, explaining things...that was very helpful in that certain pieces of a puzzle came together, if you know what I mean.

ramblingwoods said...

I love that these historic buildings are seen as having value and being preserved..... Michelle

Lee Spangler said...

Thanks for showing the Liberty Theater. It really makes that part of Astoria worth visiting.

Don and Krise said...

What a beautiful historic old building. I do remember those previous posts. I especially liked the one of the ceiling. The awning over the entrance and the old sign just add to the charm. Wow, not a cloud in the sky either.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This theatre is really beautiful !Unseen Rajasthan

Vogon Poet said...

I like this theater, it is simply gorgeous outside and inside and it has really something of Venetian in its decor.
What seems strange to me is to qualify Venice as a typical Mediterranean city, which surely is for geography.
Our archetypical Mediterranean city is usually a more southern city, more Naples and Palermo than Venice or Trieste. But this is just a digression...

Kcalpesh said...

A nice structure this one!

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