|Title||Rainier Avenue and Hudson Street, Seattle, 1950 |
|Caption||Businesses in this image include Columbia Cafe & Tavern, Columbia Theatre, Perry's Jewelry & Gift, and real estate office. |
|Notes||Columbia Theatre sign reads: Mother Didn't Tell Me, Dorothy McGuire; Captain China, John Payne.|
Sign on sidewalk at far left reads: Chart your future - U.S. Air Force.
Handwritten on border: 1929. [date incorrect]
Handwritten on verso: Corner of Hudson St. Rainier Ave, 1929. [date incorrect]
See transcribed article in "Additional Information" below for more information.
|Subjects||Business districts--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Motion picture theaters--Washington (State)--Seattle
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Columbia City (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Rainier Valley Historical Society Photograph Collection |
|Accession Number||93.001.056 |
|Ordering Information||To order a copy of this photograph, please email Rvhsoffice@aol.com and mention the Accession Number. |
|Repository||Rainier Valley Historical Society, Seattle |
|Repository Collection||Hall-Summers Collection |
|Physical Description||1 photographic print: b&w; 8 x 10 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |
|Additional Information||This photo was taken looking Northeast from the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Hudson Street. The Columbia Theater was a popular movie theater in the 1930's. The marquee indicates the movies showing were "Mother Didn't Tell Me" and "Captain China." Every Saturday afternoon, however, the neighborhood kids paid 10 cents to see the continuing saga of "Flash Gordon" or "Buck Rogers" with their rocket ships going to the moon and people flying around with their "jet back-packs."|
The entrance was up a sloping ramp to a separate theater building, which was built parallel to Rainier Avenue behind the brick building shown on the right. A city ordinance at that time required theaters to be a certain minimum distance from schools. That was the reason for the theater's odd location. Movie goers could buy popcorn and candy for munching at the movies from Carol's Sweet Shop, located just off the ramp.
By Buzz Anderson, 2/27/02