Friday, February 12, 2010

The Rialto

At one time, there were a great many theaters in Louisville, and of course, entropy being what it is, most of these beautiful places have been destroyed by some not-so-beautiful humans.

Case in point: the Rialto, which did a splendid business at 616 S. Fourth Street from 1921 to 1968. It was demolished in 1969 and turned into a parking lot, just like in the song. With its imported European crystal chandeliers, dazzling white marble staircase, walls covered in Rookwood tiles, enormous Pilcher organ, and breathtaking facade in the Italian Renaissance style, it was something truly marvelous to behold.

Reportedly, the last film to play the Rialto was Doctor Dolittle.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Madam Satan

According to Wikipedia, Madam Satan (1930) "has been called one of the oddest films DeMille made and certainly one of the oddest MGM made during its golden age." When Angela (Kay Johnson) discovers that her cheating husband Bob (Reginald Denny) is secretly planning to attend a costume ball on board a zeppelin with his lover Trixie (Lillian Roth), Angela joins the party in disguise in order to spy on the pair. Lots of exotic dances, outlandish costumes, and surreal musical numbers ensue, until a thunderstorm causes the dirigible to break apart.

View: Clip #1 from Madam Satan

View: Clip #2 from Madam Satan