This is the back of 119 – 121 Commerce Street as it looks today. The upper door and balcony give away what it used to be: a movie theater. It got hot in that projection room and this gave the person running the movie a way got get some relief and, probably in those days, a smoke. I think the balcony is still in the back of the old State Theater building, too. (later: I checked behind the old Strand Theater…no balcony there.)
This was the Center Theater. It existed for about seven years, closing in 1955.
I note that there are three good door crops here and one that’s messed up with the power lines. Old doors can be good subjects. They don’t move around a lot and there’s always a chance that you’ll be the first and only person to record them. Gold star material, no lie.