One of the things I recommend in the "Parents" essay is a trip to Cleveland's historic Playhouse Square, where free backstage tours can be had on the first Saturday of every month. Below is a sampling of what you'll see if you ever decide to take my advice. My unfortunate attempts at photography do no justice to these incredible old theaters, but they might whet your appetite to head downtown and visit these Grand Dames for yourself.
Dig those classic marquees.
Ceiling detail inn the lobby of the State.
The State Theatre Lobby with the original murals.
Nearby nosh-pit Otto Moser's boasts dozens of ancient signed photos on the walls.
Shot from backstage at the Allen. Operators used to change colors of the "window" lights to accentuate the action on the silent screen: red for fire, blue for night, etc.
Goat backstage getting ready for his big close-up.
The ceiling of the Palace.
Creepy underbelly of the Square.
Righteous corned beef at Otto's after the tour.
Outer lobby of the Allen.
The business end of lighting at the Ohio.
Alcove detail in the Palace.
Box seats done proper.
Hello right back-atcha!
More pix from the walls of Otto Moser's.
The guys manning the controls for the curtains had better not be nipping on the sauce. Look at all those levers!
Coolio planters line the streets outside.
Perhaps my favorite thing of all on the square, the endless starry night that graces the outer lobby of the Ohio. Sorry that I didn't properly capture it, but believe me, this tiny Grecian night never fails to take my breath away.
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