The backdrop has become the pallet for water damage and graffiti.
Hard to find your seat when it doesn’t know its own name.
The State School stage, taken as it was getting scrapped.
An old sign directed patients and visitors back to toward the central parts of the hospital.
Seating in the former top balcony is now front row for a secondary stage above and behind the main house.
“Place Tripod Here” my friends would say. But for me, it’s the money shot. Note the painting around the inside of the skylight.
A scene on the balcony.
From the back of the house, looking at a lone chair on stage. From these seats it’s amazing to me that such a giant theater existed out of sight in the middle of downtown.
A closeup of the finely-carved seats in the house, presumably original to the Sattler. There are not too many of these in this kind of condition. If you have a better name for this figure than Cordelia, leave a comment.
The house of the NorShor is surprisingly large, even divided in half. It seems unthinkable that this stage has been empty for so long.
Though the proscenium went through two overhauls (1940s, 1970s), it is almost totally original to the 1916 design.
Looking up at the remodeled projection booth from the small stage.