28 Sep 2011

The Palace Theater

When you drive through downtown Gary, the first thing you notice is that the only open buildings are municipal buildings.  The second thing you’ll notice is this theater marquee:

 

For years this marquee has looked just like this, only recently some mysterious force has changed it to still read Jackson Five Tonite” but with all the letters and not all topsy turvy.   The Palace has been shut down since the early 1970s just like everything else in Gary.

When the “Miss USA”  pageant came to Gary one of the things done to spiff up the neighborhood was install this mural across the front the of theater.  While I like the idea, it is a little creepy as this is the only building with such a mural.

Odd random thing I’d like to, get a whole of artists together to install store front murals right down the main drag in Gary.  There would be more artistic representations of people than actual people in the city of this were done.  Also, it would be hella creepy.

The Jackson Five are indeed from Gary, though don’t ask me where the house was because that kind of information is beyond my scope of things to care about.  They never played in the Palace Theater to my knowledge.

 

Comments

  • lifewith4cats
    September 29, 2011 Reply

    Your pictures are SO amazing. It’s like the whole town is deserted. It’s making me want to road trip over to Gary just to go exploring.

  • idiotphotographer
    September 30, 2011 Reply

    Thanks! You should make a road trip this way, let me know if you do and we’ll give you a tour of the town.

    It is a little creepy walking around downtown Gary because it does feel rather quite deserted. The streets are empty, you can’t hear any children playing and see people rarely. If the steel mill ever shuts down it will and truly become a modern ghost city.

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