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.