So, kids come over from the East Bay just to hang out inside of the moribund, hard-knock Harding Theatre at 616 Divisadero Street in the NoPA? Yes they do. (Didn’t know that.)
And do they have their own bolt cutters and padlocks to try to prevent others, such as the owners, from getting in? Yes, again, they do.
Oh well. I’ll tell you, this place is a mess, and honestly, I’d want to be on bottled air if were to spend any good amount of time inside. Anyway, the graffiti is getting painted over these days and the owners have bolt cutters and padlocks of their own so, and this is NOT a challenge to you or nothing, it won’t be as easy to make the massive theatre your very own kiddie clubhouse going forward.
Kono eigakan wa chotto warui, ne?
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Cf. the way it looked back in aught-five.
Here’s the view from the stage:
The most giantest ORFN ever stares at the balcony:
This large cross has taken some abuse, it would seem:
No Livermore Kids Allowed. Oh well.
This is pretty much how the Harding looks from the outside:
A possible future for the Harding, complete with restored theatre blade.
I know that the “Save” Harding Theatre people are out there, but they can’t afford a free website from WordPress.com, apparently (whoops, just found it, can’t help thinking that a WordPress.com blog called Save Harding Theatre would show up high in a Google search, but what do I know…)
On the other side, the owners state that this place started out as a movie theatre in 1926, then it was used for live entertainment (including a show from the Grateful Dead, once), then it was legally converted into a church in 1973, and then the church operated ’til 2004. Ergo, the City’s not really losing a live theatre, en realidad.
Alls I know is that it would be nice if the place got used in some way at some point.
It’s certainly been a hard knock life for the Harding. Signing off with the King James:
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”