Sacramento's Historic Esquire, 1940 Art Deco theater by Lenny La Rue, IPA

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Build in the rather bold art deco style, the Esquire Theatre is located at 1219 K Street in Sacramento, California. Just a block from the State Capitol Building, the structure is ALSO claimed to be haunted by ghosts. Grace, a small girl entity, along with a small boy that rides a tricycle haunt this theater if you are to believe the stories. ;-) The third ghost story resonates a bit more closely to me. A fellow musician was murdered just outside the theatre by robbers who wanted his money after a gig. There are Sacramento musicians who firmly believe Jim Pantages never left the site of the crime against him.

Building began in 1938 and was finished in 1940. If you look carefully (with yours eyes if you’re not colourblind and your computer if you are), you can tell where some of the original neon lighting was replaced with modern replacements and the colour don’t all match perfectly.

This piece was featured in Northern California Style with my humble thanks. :-)

A big treat for me was bestowed upon me by the “Anything Theatrical” group: this piece was featured along with the one of the Crest Theatre simultaneously, a first for me! Thank you all in “Anything Theatrical”, both staff and members! :-)

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 5 years ago

    Lenny, this is excellent work. Welcome to the group and thanks for posting a great photo. Don’t forget to check out our first challenge – it closes tomorrow.


  • Thank you, Graham! It took me a bit to get to the special places I wanted to go when the light I was looking for could accent the neon. You probably haven’t had a new member do absolutely nothing for so long before. LOL! I’ll take a peek at the challenge and see what’s what. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colour and clarity Lenny and interesting narrative

  • Thanks Trudi. :-D The stories of Sacramento are a bit more weird than I thought, with hauntings, crows nests on buildings and sunken treasure in the river being guarded by 150 pound fish we never see. But the colours are abundant and there’s always something special happening somewhere – as some of you may read appended to the Crest Theatre’s blurb. As long as there are no further gunshots til after the sun comes up, I suppose I might venture out to see what the commotion was all about. NOT! That’s about the LAST thing I need to know and there are reporters all over the place who are getting paid GOOD MONEY to risk having a very bad day. I can manage a very bad day without being shot at. :-0

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97over 5 years ago

    wonderful image and text

  • Thank you, Debbie. Another tiny slice of my neighbourhood and life. :-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    Wonderful story to go with this, Lenny. I love Art Deco and Neon…so this went in my favorites! Mary-Ann

  • Woo hoo! Thanks for the favouriting! In this day and age where California and Sacramento especially is suffering some hellish financial choices, a little neon and a measured amount of Art Deco can brighten things up. I can’t imagine living in an Art Deco world tho. Sorta like getting caught in the cartoon where nothing has any solid corners. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 5 years ago

    a Cartoon world with no corners ! where would I meet up with my Girlfriend then ?

    great Image Lenny, love the colours, really well shot

  • Thank you very much!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynover 5 years ago

    Love these night shots, great colours vivid!

  • Thanks! I love the night shots too but this one was captured just a bit before night settled and I was able to get some reflected light off the fronts of background buildings. The ISO had to be boosted a little to get it without blowing out the neon but I think I got it close.

    Another factor with shooting on this street: there are light rail train power lines all over the place. They are a brutal distraction in the daylight but much less so in evening and night. (They are also easier to just “magically lose”) ;-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “Anything Theatrical”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Woo hoo! A double feature in a group! My first!!!! Yippie! And thank you very, very much. :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture!
    Congratulations on the Feature!

  • Thank you, E.R. And cool new mug shot! ;-)

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Crystal Zacharias
    Crystal Zachariasover 5 years ago

    Great lines and coloring! Well captured

  • I thank you very much, Crystal!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • JuliaWright
    JuliaWrightover 5 years ago

    Wow! awesome work

  • I thank you, Julia!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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