July 24, 2021

Aluminaire House Coming To Palm Springs

It will be built in the south parking lot at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Google satellite view.

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July 23, 2021

Four On Broadway (Los Angeles)

These were all shot on Ilford Delta 400 film.

Tim Cook (1)
Tim Cook
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (24)
Proscenium in the Apple Store
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (25)
Apple Tower Theatre
.

State Theatre - United Building
Not an Apple Store at all!
This is the State Theatre in the United Building, a block away from the Apple Store at Seventh and Broadway. The Gumm Sisters performed here.

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July 22, 2021

Four More At The Apple Store Grand Opening

These were all shot on Ilford Delta 400 film.
Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (13)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (11)

Apple Tower Theatre - Drinking Fountain Detail
Drinking fountain detail
.

Apple Tower Theatre - Ceiling Detail

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July 19, 2021

Another Four From Los Angeles

These photos were shot on Bergger Pancro400 film.

Gateway To Los Angeles (3)
Gateway To Los Angeles
, public art on the Los Angeles Street overpass over US 101.

Los Angeles Union Station (6)
Los Angeles Union Station
.

Los Angeles Union Station (3)
The north hall at L.A. Union Station
. Generally, this area is barricaded off so you can't walk in there, but one can certainly look and photograph. This part of the station is used mostly as a filming location — you've seen it many times.

Here is IMDB's list of more than 150 films that used Union Station as a filming location including the aptly titled Union Station, starring William Holden.

Los Angeles Union Station (4)
Turn 180° from the north hall and you're looking at this
.

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July 18, 2021

Four More In Los Angeles

These were shot on Bergger Pancro400 film.

Lamp Fixture at Union Station (2)

Million Dollar Theater (1)
The Million Dollar Theater
, the first Grauman theater. Wikipedia.

Million Dollar Theater (2)
The Million Dollar Theater, all of it
.

Cameo Theatre (1)
The Cameo Theatre
operated from 1910 to 1991, making it "the city's longest running, continually operating theatre." More info.

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July 17, 2021

Four More From The Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (3)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (4)

All shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.

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July 16, 2021

Four More In L.A.

Again, all of these were shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Spirit of Growth by Tony Sheets
Spirit of Growth by Tony Sheets
on the side of a parking garage in L.A. More info here.

Broadway-Spring Arcade (1)
The Broadway-Spring Arcade
.

Douglas Lofts
The Douglas Lofts
at Spring Street and Third. More info here.

Los Angeles Theatre (1)
Los Angeles Theatre
. Wikipedia article. You can see some of the interior of the theater in this video from 2009:

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July 15, 2021

Four in Downtown Los Angeles

These were all shot on Rollei Retro 80S film.
Triforium (2)
LA City Hall and the Triforium
.

LA Boutique

Gateway to Los Angeles (1)
US 101 passing under Los Angeles Street where you can see Gateway to Los Angeles displayed
.

Los Angeles Times (1)
Part of the LA Times building
.

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July 14, 2021

Four on Rollei Retro 80S Film

All of these were shot on Rollei Retro 80S film last month.
Grocery Outlet and Mt San Jacinto
Grocery Outlet framed by Mt San Jacinto
.

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (2)
Another shot of the new DHS Public Library on opening day
.

Los Angeles Union Station (1)
Los Angeles Union Station
.

Los Angeles Union Station (2)
The interior of L.A. Union Station
.

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July 11, 2021

Two in PS, Two in DHS

These were all shot on Ilford Delta 100 film.
Plinth for "Forever Marilyn"
The plinth for Forever Marilyn
on Museum Way.

History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija (3)
History Of Suspended Time by Gonzalo Lebrija
at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Improperly DIsplayed American Flag at DHS Spa
The north side of the DHS Spa sign in disrepair
with an improperly displayed heavily damaged American flag. Looks like something run by a slumlord, doesn't it?

Water Leak at Miracle Springs Resort
A water leak in front of Miracle Springs Resort
. I reported this to the resort and to Mission Springs Water District. The water district told me it was the resort's property and responsibility. I never heard back from the resort.

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July 10, 2021

Four More In Palm Springs

All of these were shot on Ilford Delta 100 film in May of this year.
Museum Way (2)
Museum Way
, looking from Palm Canyon Drive toward the art museum, before the return of Forever Marilyn.

Starbucks Palm Springs (1)
These buildings now occupy the site where Forever Marilyn stood during her first stay in Palm Springs
.

Palm Springs Art Museum (15)
Palm Springs Art Museum
.

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa
Palm Mountain Resort
.

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July 5, 2021

The Latest Coachillin' Promotional Video

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June 26, 2021

DHS Public Library Grand Opening

Today was the grand opening of the new Desert Hot Springs Public Library at Park Lane and Palm Drive. Let's get the one negative out of the way.
Desert Hot Springs' New Library (6)
Here's how it looks from the sidewalk on Palm Drive
if you approach from the north. Very nice. But there is no walkway from Palm Drive to the library. The ground slopes and is covered with loose landscaping rock. You could continue to Park Lane, take a left there, walking around the south side, then the east to come back to this northern side where the entrance is. Or, you could take the obvious shortcut, this sidewalk to the county building next door:
Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (2192)

But that sidewalk only goes to the entrance of the county building. To get to the library you have to walk across the parking lot and driveway. There are no curb cuts there, so if you need a curb cut, you'll have to bear left to get to the curb cut on the east side of the building where the parking lot is.
Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6531)

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6526)
Looking back from the library entrance toward the county building
. Fine for cars. Not so fine for those on foot or in wheelchairs.

If you want to avoid walking in the driveway, you'll have to travel 270° around the building, where you will be presented with this face:
Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6537)

This, then, is the face the library presents to almost everyone arriving by vehicle or on foot or wheelchair. I know every building has to have a utilitarian backside, but when your utilitarian backside is the face most users will see most often, then there should be an attempt to make it look as nice as the other faces of the building.

Years from now when the library needs expanding, this buffer of land along Park Lane will be the obvious place to do it, and then they could improve the appearance of this corner. Or, they could just build a more direct sidewalk from the library entrance to Palm Drive.

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6551)

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6554)

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6560)
That's a power outlet on the table with a single 120-volt outlet and two USB
.

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6570)
American history here
. Don't tell Caitlyn Jenner!

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6578)
There are two of these AV cubicles
without ceilings, so you won't be able to really crank up the volume.

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6586)
The southwest corner
.

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6602)
A banquette with power outlets where disaffected youth can gather
. It just needs ashtrays!

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6623)
Conference room with its own separate entrance
.

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6635)

Desert Hot Springs Public Library Grand Opening (6638)
I used to check out audiobooks from the library
, but 80% of their stock was romance novels. Of the remaining 20%, I was interested in about half, and borrowed and listened to all of them. Good to see their selection has expanded quite a bit. I took a look to see if they had anything by Delany, meaning Samuel. But there was only one novel by someone else named "Delaney." I suppose the library accepts donations.

The complete set of photos is here.

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June 25, 2021

Apple Tower Theatre Opening

Yesterday the Apple Store in the Tower Theatre (first in L.A. to be wired for talkies, hosted sneak preview of The Jazz Singer, first in L.A. to be air conditioned, 1927) in downtown Los Angeles opened. The building had been sitting unused since 1988. This certainly seemed like a worthy event to travel to. I've wanted to see the interior of this theater for years, I'd never been to an Apple Store opening, and this one promised to be a bit more than the opening on El Paseo in La Quinta. So I got up early and drove to Rialto to get Metrolink. This is the first time I've tried parking at Rialto and it was totally fine. The parking lots were about three-quarters empty. And, it's not San Bernardino. Metrolink is still requiring masks for everyone on their trains (and even platforms), but they appear to permit eating and drinking on board?!

Union Station is looking pretty nice. I took some shots on film and continued shooting film as I walked to the Apple Store. I got there about 10:30 and the line to enter was not long at all and moved very quickly. They actually did the applause thing as our bunch walked in. And then I switched to my digital camera, because I just wanted to shoot a lot of photos under a wide variety of lighting situations. So I just walked everywhere and took pictures of everything. It was easy to spot Tim Cook - it was like finding the queen bee in a hive. Just look for all the congestion and wiggling abdomens.

Once I felt I had seen and photographed everything, I switched back to my film camera and walked around taking more photos. There's a chance I may have gotten an okay shot of Tim Cook on film...but I'm finding my film predictions are often wildly wrong.

Here's a nice, short article about the store.

Walked back to Union Station, made the train with like five minutes to spare, got to Rialto and the truck was fine and even in the shade!

The complete set of photos (so far) from Apple Tower Theatre is here. And here are some of them:

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2188)
Apple Tower Theatre shot with my iPhone
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (2190)
A look down at Tim Cook from the balcony
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6520)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6498)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6492)

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6468)
They restored the drinking fountains, and they work
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6454)
Part of the ceiling over a balcony that overlooks the entrance lobby.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6459)
The loftier parts of the entrance lobby
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6429)
I can't imagine the theater actually had windows along 8th Street
, unless they were just for display cases where they'd put their movie posters. These are hinged, but I don't think you'll find them standing open while the store is operating.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6424)
THe proscenium
.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6410)
The big, main false skylight
. There's another, smaller one over the balcony, mostly obscured in this shot.

Apple Tower Theatre Grand Opening (6379)

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June 18, 2021

Two in DC, Two in Maine

Lamp on US Capitol Grounds (1)
A light on the U.S. Capitol grounds
. I couldn't find any information about this lamp (there is probably more than one) such as designer or the year of installation. If you have more info about it please leave a comment. Kodachrome, 2001.

Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial
Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial in Washington
, Kodachrome, 2001.

Lower South Branch Pond (2)
Lower South Branch Pond in Baxter State Park, Maine
. This was my usual campground when I went to Baxter State Park. Kodachrome, 1987.

Maine Woods (2)
Maine - probably Baxter State Park
, Kodachrome, 1987.

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June 13, 2021

Three From California, and a Boston

Flowers in a San Francisco Park (1)
San Francisco
, 1995.

Studebaker in San Francisco
A Studebaker in San Francisco
, 1995.

Davenport, California
Davenport, California, on California AIDS Ride 2
, 1995.

Beacon Street & Charlesgate East
At Beacon Street and Charlesgate East in Boston
, Kodachrome, 2002.

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June 12, 2021

Four Various

Shirtless Man on Boylston Street
It looks like the crowd gathering before the Pride parade in Boston
, but the date stamped on the slide is September 2001. Maybe I had a roll of film in my camera from June until August or September. It could happen, but unlikely. But if this isn't for Pride, I don't know what's going on. Kodachrome.

George Washington Bridge (1)
The George Washington Bridge
and I'm taking the photo from a car which must be stopped in traffic. Those cyclists are on the northern side of the bridge. I don't know when they opened that side to cyclists. Kodachrome, 2001.

Green Line Bridge Over The Charles (1)
Under the old Green Line bridge over the Charles River
, between Science Park and Lechmere. This bridge has since been replaced, I believe. Kodachrome.

Hoover Dam (9)
Hoover Dam
. Looking down at the Colorado River from atop the dam. Agfa Scala film, 2001.

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June 7, 2021

Hawaii, and then Boston

Kilauea Lighthouse - Kodachrome, 1986 (1)
Kilauea lighthouse on Kauai
, Kodachrome, 1986.

Massachusetts State Office Building - Boston - Kodachrome, 1986
A Massachusetts State office building in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1986.

The Berkeley (1)
"The Berkeley" at Berkeley and Boylston in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

Five Hundred Boylston Reflected In The John Hancock Tower
On the left, Five Hundred Boylston is reflected in the John Hancock Tower
; on the right, Boston Public Library, Old South Church and Trinity Church surrounding Copley Square. Kodachrome, 1989.

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June 5, 2021

Cambridge and Boston

Alewife View
A view from Alewife Station on the Red Line in Cambridge
. Shot around 1990 or so. That's Boston in the distance.

One Financial Center Construction (6)
Early construction of what was to become One Financial Center in Boston
. When it started (1982?) they were calling it the Dewey Square Tower, since that's where it was, right across Atlantic Avenue from South Station. At the time I lived in South Boston and my daily walk to work at 100 Summer Street (which you can see standing above this in the background) took me right by this. I was looking forward to photographing the entire construction process over a long period of time. I was so disappointed when it developed into the soulless, ugly thing that stands there today.

First Baptist Church - Cambridge, Mass.
First Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass.

Federal Reserve Bank, Boston
The Federal Reserve Building in Boston
.

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June 1, 2021

Three Bostons and a Houston

Boston University School of Law (1)
Boston University Law School (among other things)
, Agfachrome, 1984.

TC Energy Center (4)
TC Energy Center in Houston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

View From 530 Atlantic Avenue
Looking out from the entryway at 530 Atlantic Avenue in Boston
, Kodachrome, 1989.

20 Pinckney Street, Beacon Hill
20 Pinckney Street on Beacon Hill
, Kodachrome, 1982. This was the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family from 1852 to 1855.

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