Doorway to Wonderland…

Nov 1, 2009

Today is the first of the month, and that means it’s Theme Day for participating City Daily Photo bloggers. This month’s theme is Doorways.

Here is the vantage point from the doorway of The Rialto, South Pasadena’s decaying film palace. It has been closed for some time now, open only for the occasional birthday party or Rocky Horror midnight show. In this era of iTouch and YouTube, The Rialto stands as a reminder of old-school movie magic. Stepping through these doors once meant leaving the problems of the real world behind, sinking into a plush, velvet seat an losing yourself in the film experience. In fact, stepping through these doors was kind of like entering another dimension. It was more than just the moving pictures on the screen — The Rialto was an oasis of opulance and grandeur accessible to everyone for the price of a ticket. The Batchelder fountain, gold leaf columns and ornate Wurlitzer organ were everyman’s riches. Now, the very same details shine like jewels in our synthetic age.

Like most South Pas residents, I hope for a rebirth of The Rialto. (Come on, Hollywood … surely there are those among you who are tired of mansions, bling and race cars. Why not invest in this magical place and save an iconic part of Los Angeles history!) You can learn more about The Rialto here.

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