Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Solaced Wistless Sighs

An old man sits alone in the desert
Where he dreams of an island paradise
And when the late night slips into stillness
A faint light's illness whispers lies

Winter winds howl madness through the trees
As the faces from his past make him cry
Can a tall tale promise forgiveness
Though a wall wails solaced wistless sighs

Since birth he's lived to remember
Everyday he screams his lot to the sea
As the sand mainlines the sunshine
His hand combines refined melodies

When the old man climbs a mountain
And sits on a rocky terraced ledge
The bowels of the Earth will shudder
As his mirth fills mutters, wonders fledge


Dave Zarkin said...

Spokane’s Notorious Rex Theater’s Girlie Movies

While some prefer to remember Spokane, WA, for its beautiful parks and lovely churches, I have a 55-year-old memory of the notorious Rex Theater on Riverside Avenue. This was too real to be a dream.
To say that the Rex was a BYOB “girlie show” movie house for gentlemen of dubious distinction is being kind. But to a hormonal 15-year-old the lurid poster advertising burlesque queen Patti Waggin in the feature “Too Hot to Handle” was something I never forgot. Not that I could see the movie because it was adults only and I was working. Then again who was going to negotiate with the imposing cashier, one stout tough looking bleached blonde.
For all I knew the publisher of the Spokesman-Review and local ministers could have been Rex regulars but I imagined it was a cheap place to enjoy a bottle of muscatel and take a nap.
Mom and Dad never took us to skid row so how did I find the Rex of my youth? After classes at Lewis and Clark High School, I delivered drugs for a downtown pharmacy and deliveries took me to west Riverside Avenue where I passed by the Rex Theater and saw the lurid poster with a nearly naked Miss Waggin for ADULTS ONLY.
No one will probably ever admit to the existence of the Rex Theater but me.
I realized that this was not a dream but the Waggin movie really existed. As I opened the pages of the Oldies.com movie catalogue I found the movie of my lost youth under the “exploitation” listings. So 55 years later I realize a youthful dream, I buy the DVD and watch THTH. The Rex was real according to the online document, “Washington State Movie Houses,” with 350 seats open from 1949 -59 at 326 Riverside Avenue. It also operated as the New Rex and the El Ray. I was fortunate to grow up in an era where movie houses had character and were distinctive if not colorful, That era lasted about 30 years as theaters were being torn down in the 50s. and 60s.

Shoreline Driftwood said...

Thanks for sharing.