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iPhoneography: Two Theaters – The Downer

Submitted by on June 29, 2010 – 11:19 pm 2 Comments
Downer Theatre Milwaukee iPhoneography

Regret in Their Eyes

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Downer Theatre Milwaukee iPhoneography

Above the Yellow Star

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The Downer Theatre
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 19, 2010

Near Milwaukee’s Upper East Side nestled in the middle of a quiet block is The Downer Theatre. Built in 1915, it’s one of the first neighborhood theaters in the country. Most of the area is still old. The sidewalks have grown dark gray with age, but the many brick buildings that surround The Downer are in good condition. The neighborhood is alive and vibrant. A new multistory bank reflects in windows from across the street.

The theater is managed and cared for by people who love film and cinemas and who have a knowledge and respect for history. John can tell you about many of the area’s great old neighborhood theaters and movie palaces– live and those that are gone — with a knowledge that belies his years. He talks about the old, closed theaters with a sense of loss.

There’s an old man named Warren who walks the neighborhood daily when the weather is good. He wears a coat and tie and walks the streets, in and out of establishments, simply to say hello and have a chat with those who work there. Today, we talked old films on a big screen. And Cubs. And how he saw Packer great Don Hutson play at Wrigley Field all those years ago. And how he’d love for his doctor to be right when he told him that he’ll live long enough to see The Brewers win a World Series. “Do you know how old I’ll be? I’ll be a hundred and twenty five!”

Downer Theatre Milwaukee iPhoneography

Use Other Door

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We shook hands, said our good byes, and I went off to join Stacy for lunch. I didn’t get to photograph Warren — some moments you just don’t need to — although his years, character and charisma would have made for an interesting portrait. Later, that afternoon, we saw Warren slowly walking his way back to his home. The elbows of his jacket sleeves had worn through and had been fixed with duct tape.

Makes sense to me.

=M=

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Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • http://brittaniphotography.com/2010/06/29/day-89-iphoneography-untitled/ brittani

    =) Love the photos. And the story!!

    I haven't been to a really old movie theatre in aaaggess!!

    good stuff.

  • MartyNearDFW

    Thank you, Brittani!

    We have a few left here in Dallas/Fort Worth that are still theaters of a sort — some film, but many of the open surviving theaters here are now live venues and no longer show films. Some of them started off as live venues in Vaudeville days, so I guess it all comes around, right?

    Most of the old theaters have been torn down. Looking at CinemaTreasures.com makes me sad sometimes. Most of the old theaters that I find are closed and shuttered or are churches (one beautiful old theater in East Dallas is now a pawn shop).

    =M=