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Theater Thursday

Today we’re debuting a new series on our blog: Theater Thursday. Each Thursday we’ll post an image of a Northern California theater from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Jervie Henry Eastman (1880-1969) began his photographic career in 1898 in Sisson, California (later named Mount Shasta), as a view photographer. In 1921, Eastman moved to Susanville and established Eastman & Company as a commercial photography and post card studio. Eastman typically shot photographs in the geographic area that is north of I-80 and east of I-5. However, his work also took him to parts of Oregon and Nevada. The Eastman Originals Collection contains photographs, negatives, and postcards for a wide variety of Northern California locations and events, including dam construction, logging, mining, food processing, and community buildings and activities.

Our first photograph in the series, found below, is of the Shasta Theater in Boomtown near the Shasta Dam. Can you guess the date of the image from the movies that were playing?

In Boomtown near Shasta Dam, Calif.

In Boomtown near Shasta Dam, Calif.


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