Photographs from October 18, 2014

Oct. 20, 2014

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As part of the Richard L. Blinder Award grant that I was honored to receive from the James Marston Fitch Foundation earlier this year, I will be documenting the building. Here are some of the photos I took on Saturday.

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    Smaller wall light just under the balcony edge. Water leaking from an area where two roof planes join has soaked the brick to the point that the plaster is released because of the brick expansion and falls off. Since March, the Broadway has lost decorated detailing off of several wall pilasters in the theatre space.
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    Plaster detail at the Proscenium Arch, the area surrounding the stage opening.
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    Down in the basement, this door opened into what I am guessing was may have been apartment for traveling entertainers. Up a couple of stairs and there is a shower and several rooms.
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    Turn around from the the previous double doors photo and this interior window gives a peek at what was going on behind. The next photo is the room behind the window.
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    Dismantled, apparently unrepairable boiler parts litter the center basement area.
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    More dismantled machinery in the same area.
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    Back thru the double doors shown earlier an hole was punched under an abandon concrete stair into a room that no longer has it's original access, a wood stair that was floored over for the bathroom remodel.
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    More basement machinery. To the right are the air filters, floor to ceiling, for the air handlers.
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    One of the dressing rooms under the stage.
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    This room was the under stage access to the orchestra pit (long gone). Some of the labels for the music filing still remain in the cabinetry.
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    Orchestra Pit access stair.
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    Way in the back, down under the stage, pass the dressing rooms, the concrete path turns, drops a couple of steps, turns again, and drops another five or six steps to the furnace room. You have just walked around the former coal bin, a twelve foot high, space with the coal door at the very top, just above alley level. On one of my measuring trips this area had at least four feet of water in the space, as evident from the rust pattern on this this piece of metal. I had asked the Old Town Cape Director to ask the owner to see if he could remedy the problem, so that I could do measurements. When I arrived Saturday, there was an extension cord trail stretching from the west side of the front lobby, thru the theatre access hall, extending into the theatre space, over the seating up the stage steps, over the screen base, down the scary back stairs (next pic), thru the dressing area, down the path into the furnace room to a sump pump. A hose extended from the sump pump back up the path thru the dressing rooms up the back stair to the alley access door, out under the door. So, no electricity anywhere in the rear of the building, probably all disconnected during the 1970's remodel.
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    It is very, very dark in the stage area, due to lack of lighting, and the movie screen blocking any light from the house area. This is the east wing of the stage.
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    You would have to be a very brave soul to climb this today, especially due to the water damage and the years that have passed since the ladder was secured to the walls. This is the access to the fly on the west side of the building.
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    The loading doors, centered directly on the rear wall of the stage. the open about 6 feet above the existing alley behind the building, probably the perfect height for the wagons that unloaded the Vaudeville entertainment, but impractical for todays uses.
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    The scary stair from the back stage to the dressing rooms below. Severely worn, and water damaged, no lights working in the dressing room area because of "wiring issues". I feel very very brave every time I traverse these things.
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    Plaster fallen from above. The water damage is now infiltrating the west side of the building, where it had not been evident back in the spring.
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    Oh, the 1970's! Plastic seating and the all important cup holder! The Kerasotas Theatre era remodel cut the seating way down to 485 seats. The seating and the steps were entirely removed from the balcony, and by todays standards, these seats are a waste of space the way they are installed. Today seat manufacturers vary seat width and make sure that everyone has a good view. These uniform seats were shifted row to row for view, leaving a lot of wasted potential seating space.
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    One of the larger wall mounted house lights.
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    The balcony still has original lighting, although some glass pieces are damaged on most.
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    A view into the original women's room on the balcony level. Step up because of the plumbing.
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    The balcony men's room entrance on the opposite side of the theatre. Another step up.
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    I have a story about these stairs. This is the west exit stair where it hits the ground (literally).
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    Another shot of the west exit stairs. Stay tuned for the story!
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    More of the west exit stair!
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    West exit stair.
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    West exit stair from the middle exit door off the main floor in the theatre.
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    The connection to the theatre noting the exit (stay tuned for the story!)
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    Theatre access hallway light. Love the 1970's wallpaper!
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    If you walked into the front doors, this is what you would see on the left. The floor slopes severely upward toward the back, and slopes drastically down (where the rail is located) to the 1970's restrooms, and an odd ADA restroom in the front of them
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    The base of the west stair to the balcony and manager's office/apartment, a bit of mold from a leak where the roof plane changes. We desperately need a good roofer, and money to do it!
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    Stairs from the landing to the balcony, the balcony women's room is to the left.
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    How about this light fixture? Along the path to the theatre just before entering the seating area.
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    The space west of the lobby. The floor is flat here, but slopes up dramatically between the doors.
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    Lobby floor slopes toward the restrooms off to the east.
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    1970's restrooms, without the toilets, and no covering over the sewer holes. Close the door QUICK!
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    The main lobby looking back toward the street. Any character this space might have had is gone or hidden.
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    The theatre access corridor at the top of the lobby sloping floor. Theatre access to the left, the white wall had been added recently. The owner has tried to rent out the front for business.
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    Basement mold. It is always there, when a roof is leaking. Curious location. Water always finds a path, not always what we expect. More than likely this is from the leak that was evident on the wall next to the balcony stair (previous photo),. This is not directly under that wall, but probably follows the sloped floor above until it found a renovation hole.
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    The flip side of the double basement doors from the earlier picture.
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    There is one stair to the front basement, under the east stair to the balcony. The threads are shallow and the risers are steep, as will every stair in this place, another challenge to overcome.
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    It has been evident that occasionally trespassers have found there way into the theatre. A bit of vandalism on a basement wall, and apparently, this one guy? party, but for the most part, vandalism has been minimal.