Weekly Photo Challenge: Phoneography – My Neighborhood

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This week’s photo challenge focused upon your neighborhood by only using your camera phone. My nearby neighborhood is the Proctor District in Tacoma, Washington. It’s only a few streets, but it contains almost everything. There are two schools (I attended both.), library, numerous restaurants, beauty salons, specialty shops, banks, supermarkets, fire station, church, veterinary clinic, a shoe cobbler, a weekly farmer’s market, post office, movie theater, and yes even a Starbucks. The Proctor District also hosts the Spring Daffodil Parade, Art Festival, and even a Halloween event. I thought it would be quite difficult to capture all these elements, so I decided to focus upon the local movie theater.

The Blue Mouse Theater opened on November 13, 1923, showing the film The Green Goddess. The Blue Mouse Theater was claimed to be the “Finest Suburban Theater in the Northwest”. Throughout history, the theater went through name changes and owners. It was endangered to be destroyed and individuals rescued and restored the theater. Inside you will find beautiful chandeliers, Tiffany-like glass, staircases, curtains, and rich wood. It plays only one film at a time for about a week. It hosts a Foreign Film Festival and special events throughout the year. The Blue Mouse Theater is Washington State’s oldest continuously operating theater and is on the National Registrar of Historic Places in the United States.

Recently, it was threatened again due to movie films being made only digitally. Mega theaters have the equipment  but the Blue Mouse Theater would need thousands of dollars to replace its older movie projector. Individuals and businesses poured their hearts and money into the facility to keep it open. I love that you truly can see the community aspect as a cleaning service is located next to the theater. The Blue Mouse Theater is the heart of the Proctor District

 

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16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Phoneography – My Neighborhood

    frizztext said:
    March 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    amusing name: Blue Mouse Theater!

    Angeline said:
    March 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    What a fantastic theater! I would love to have something like this nearby.

      Caroline responded:
      March 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      It’s a nice community theater. Thanks for your comment.

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    gregorychankins said:
    March 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Nice shots, Caroline. I especially like the posters for the theater.

      Caroline responded:
      March 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      They recently painted those onto the building. I think they add a nice touch to the theater. Thanks for your comment.

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    NW Frame of Mind said:
    March 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I have visited the Proctor District twice and think it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the history of The Blue Mouse Theater, I’m happy it will remain open!

      Caroline responded:
      March 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      It’s an unique theater with a great story. I much prefer to support this small local theater than the mega theaters. Although, you won’t find anything 3D or surround sound here. Thanks for your comment.

        NW Frame of Mind said:
        March 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        I always try to see movies at our local Edmonds Theater for the same reasons. It is so important to support our small communities.

    pix & kardz said:
    March 15, 2013 at 4:56 am

    enjoyed this. how wonderful that this theatre was able to stay open! what a great community spirit. long may it survive!
     
    Vancouver (Canada) just said a fond farewell to a unique theatre with stained glass windows earlier this year, The Ridge Theatre. in its place will be a condominium housing development.
     
    here’s to the Blue Mouse!

      Caroline responded:
      March 16, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Thanks, I wanted to focus on one aspect in my neighborhood. Oh that’s sad to hear about your theater turned into a housing development. Thanks for your comment.

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