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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM

The Paramount’s new marquee

If you, like me, didn’t get around to walking over by the Paramount earlier this week and watching the removal of its original vertical marquee, don’t despair: David Jeffers has posted some great photos on siffblog, along with some historical notes and description of Tuesday’s takedown:

The vertical marquee of Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre came down on Tuesday, in cascading clouds of rust, grime and pigeon poop. With a large construction bucket and an even larger crane, ironworkers carefully dissected the old masthead in ten great pieces of rotting sheet metal, using cutting torch, pry bar and muscle, while a crowd of onlookers watched from the street.

The sign, some eight decades old and clearly decaying, has been replaced with a new one, supposedly identical. Times blog sketcher Gabriel Campanario notes (and draws) that the new sign, erected yesterday, looks just like the original.

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