Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Architectural Irony

The Empress Theatre in Magna isn't the only Empress Theatre around. This photo is of some of the architectural detail from the Empress Theatre in Montreal, Canada. Given our current production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcaot this bit of heiroglyphics seemed a bit ironic. I thought I'd share it. (The photo comes from a collection of Art Deco from around the world.)

Other Empress Theatres include a recently restored and renovated beau- arts performance venue in Vallejo, California, and an art deco theatre in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada that was renovated and restored to live performances in 1982.
All three of these other Empress Theatres started in Vaudville (Montreal in 1927, Vallejo in 1911, and Fort Macleod in 1912). Our empress is the only former Burlesque house among them! All later became movie houses, went through rough times, and were later rescued by loving friends. Finally, all of the other three are now cultural centerpieces in their respective communities.
Will our Empress follow suit with her "sisters?"

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