Showtime on Elm Street
by Paula Bosse
Lit up like Broadway… (click for larger image)
by Paula Bosse
Who doesn’t love nighttime photos of Dallas’ Theater Row, generating enough electricity to be seen from space. The Majestic, the Melba, the Palace. And a buck a night at the Majestic Hotel across the street, the window shades of which could not possibly have been enough to block out the blinding, strobing neon. This is a similar view to the fabulous photo from 1942 by Arthur Rothstein seen here. This is absolutely the period of Dallas’ history I wish I could have experienced first-hand.
Sources & Notes
Photo titled “[Businesses on theatre row at night]” is from the Spotlight on North Texas Collection, UNT Media Library, UNT Libraries — more information can be found on the Portal to Texas History site here.
Copyright © 2021 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.
It is interesting to note that The Majestic was early on in its branding. It is using the “THE” before Majestic. No other movie house did that. Not “THE Melba” or “THE Palace” or etc, etc. It is now chic to put the word THE before the product or institution. I grew up in the mid 50’s and downtown Dallas was our Disney World, especially at night.
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