Friday Flashback #009 …

I’ve been visiting Portland, Oregon for about four years now, drawn by the siren song of Powell’s City of Books, one of the largest and best independent bookstores in the country. I love roaming around downtown, which is kind of a cross between Seattle’s much more cosmopolitan downtown area and San Diego’s old school Gaslamp Quarter. I’ve come across this little gem of a theatre–the Guild–in the past, but it’s always been in disrepair, literally falling apart. On my last trip to PDX last fall, though, it was obvious something had happened. The neon sign out front was refurbished and gleaming again. The building itself was still closed, but showed obvious signs of life, and I couldn’t be happier. There’s nothing lonelier than an abandoned theatre, and to see it come back to life as a theatre is even better (I’ve seen theatres in San Francisco come back as gyms–UGH–and we have one here in San Diego–the Loma–that’s a bookstore, which is kinda okay in my book). I’m going back to Portland in a couple of months, so we’ll see what kind of progress they’ve made on the Guild, formerly the Taylor Street Theatre. For more info on the Guild, click here.

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