Dazzling Neon, Theater Row — 1929

by Paula Bosse

elm-st-night_capitol-old-mill_1929_shorpy“The lights are much brighter there…” (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Whoa. Elm Street in the ’20s.

The Ritz. The Capitol. The Old Mill. The Palace. The Melba. Iced air. Paul’s Shoes. What I wouldn’t give to have walked down Elm when it looked like this.

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Photo from Shorpy.com, here.

Highlights from the 1929 and 1930 street directory (from about Akard, heading east):

  • 1517 Elm: Ritz Theatre
  • 1519: Leader Candy Co.
  • 1521: Fooshee’s Barber Shop
  • 1521-23: Capitol Theatre
  • 1525-27: Old Mill Theatre
  • 1600: Paul’s Shoes
  • 1601: Metropole Cleaners
  • 1603: Elm Pacific Arcade
  • 1605: Lontos Cafe
  • 1623-25: Palace Theatre
  • 1911-15: Melba Theatre
  • 1912-29: Majestic Theatre

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Copyright © 2015 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

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