Historic Theatres, Pronunciation, Etsy

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Movie theaters just aren’t like they used to be. Today we sit in sterile spaces devoid of decoration, while exposing our eardrums to the possibility of deafness. On that note, we explored a few websites devoted to past great movie emporiums (dare we call them that?). Then we turn to other diversions, including a reference for name pronunciations.

Theater Historical Society of America (www.historictheatres.org). Some of us can remember the grand old theater houses. For me, it was the Palace in Gary, along with the State, the Tivoli and the 5th Avenue. But the Palace was far and above more decorative than the others, and a real curtain framing the proscenium would open as we sat expectantly waiting for the film to begin. People living through the Great Depression found a few hours of relief from their cares inside plush “palaces” across the country. They also received little premiums, such as a place setting of china, for the cost of admission. I’m old enough to remember nickel admissions for a Saturday matinee back in the 1950’s. Anyway, behold the splendor of these grand palaces’ interiors, and applaud those involved with fighting to save these historic gems from the wrecking ball.

Cinema Treasures (http://cinematreasures.org). This is another site chock full of information for historic theater house buffs. In additions to listings of theaters for sale, the site offers news and memories and more. How nice to discover this bit of nostalgia on the ‘net.

How to Say that Name (www.howtosaythatname.com). This is a useful site for those who may be working in businesses where knowing how to pronounce an unusually-spelled name puts you on gold-star status. With the help of an audio presentation, foreign surnames are clearly enunciated. All you have to do is imitate the pronunciation. This free service is helpful to journalists, hospital personnel, customer service employees and more.

Etsy (www.etsy.com). Popular among artists, this site serves as a resource for finding one-of-a-kinds. Here is where the word “unique” belongs. I checked the “shop locally” link to see how many of our local artists are using this site as another way to market their works. Was I surprised to find only a handful of local artists using Etsy. This website gets a lot of press, so I would think that it also gets a lot of buyers. If you are a local artist working in any medium, do yourself a favor and check out this new marketing opportunity. Buyers are waiting.

Three Oaks’ James Kuhn (www.hawhawjames.livejournal.com). Longtime Beacher readers might remember a story about James Kuhn and his holiday lights many years back. James is still creating. James was recently mentioned in the Chicago Tribune Magazine’s April 19 issue for his face paintings. These are not your usual face paintings. Have a look at James’ latest works, which could only go on exhibit as photographs.

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on May 5, 2009.

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