Marquee, The Ken Cinema by deepbluwater

Built in 1946, The Ken Cinema opened as the first theatre to bring quality foreign films to San Diego and continues to offer a wide variety of films, from independent fare to foreign language cinema to restored classics.
I lived a short walk from the theatre for a time while in college and got to know The Ken very well.
The Ken Cinema is San Diego’s last single screen theatre.


  • Freelance
    Freelanceabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant perspective/pov and a strong subject – nice work!
    Via Itouch

  • many thanks, Julian! this perspective gives the letters a chance to be up against the sky. stayed for the movie too!

    – deepbluwater

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandabout 6 years ago

    very very cool!

  • thank you Rita! this theater is a local landmark & you can see just about everything there…

    – deepbluwater

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful Framing dBw

    great shot

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • many thanks, Kriss!! while there this week I also had to dine at the locally famous “Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, since 1969…” across the street, just to get the whole experience :)))

    – deepbluwater

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 6 years ago

    …love these old cinema signs, so deco and can get you so excited about going to the movies!

  • exactly! I was so excited to see the film & go to that part of town because of the theatre! I’d planned on photographing 2-3 obscure theatre marquees while away for Easter weekend. -the schedule didn’t work out for it so just had to get to this part of SD to make up for it! funny how that works…
    thanks so very much for your comments Paul!!!

    – deepbluwater

  • S .
    S .almost 6 years ago

    nice ! great image

  • so glad you like this one Shoaib!!! I’ve got a thing for old theatre marquees -likely more to come :)))))

    – deepbluwater

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 6 years ago

    Wow, this is impressive!!! Long time since we’ve seen anything like that here :(

  • thanks so much Mel!! love this place. old theatres long gone in AU?

    – deepbluwater

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 6 years ago

    There are certainly very few left….sad but true

  • sorry to hear that, Mel. thanks so much for coming by to say Hello tho, it’s great to see you around here!!

    – deepbluwater

  • KellyThomas
    KellyThomasalmost 6 years ago

    oh i love this, I would love to go to this theatre!

  • thank you, and yes! this theatre is as fun & interesting as it looks! & the neighborhood is great too. Thanks so much for coming by Kelly…

    – deepbluwater

  • Phototone
    Phototonealmost 6 years ago

    Excellent perspective, great shot.

  • thank you Tony!! the early evening sky gave me what I was looking for to show off the sign to it’s best & I was lucky those great clouds came by…..
    thanks so much again!

    – deepbluwater

  • gemynd
    gemyndalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful symentry and graphic feel to this work ….great to enjoy

  • thank you gemynd!! so glad you enjoy these beautiful old signs also, nothing like them!

    – deepbluwater

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