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I took this shot of the newly-restore Midland Theater to commemorate its first billing: the opening act was comedian Bill Cosby. I didn't get any closer than the marquee!

Located on Courthouse Square in downtown Newark, the Midland originally opened in 1928. The Midland's website not only has the current show schedule, but also a lot about the theater's history, including reprints of original newspaper articles dating back to its opening.

The re-opening of the Midland has brought some night life back to our town as some restaurants stay open late on show nights, and a local hack service offers carriage rides around the Square. Our town has done a lot to renovate the downtown, and it does look nice.

There's one thing that saddens me in all of this. With the exception of the movie series they offer (second-run and classic movies), their ticket prices seem pretty high for a fairly small town. I know the popular performers they book do not come cheaply; I also realize that, as a business, they of course want to recoup their renovation and maintenance costs, but it's a shame a broader cross section of our community can't enjoy the shows due to high ticket prices.

This shot was hand-held at twilight at ISO 100. Post processing: I cloned out an annoying telephone wire which went across the front of the building, and ran curves and USM. I made a separate layer of the sky and softened it a little using gaussian blur. I also upped the overall saturation a little since it was just past sunset and the light was marginal.

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Update 7/30/2011: They've replaced the original marquee with a digital one. It's a shame to see the change, but to their credit, they did do a good job with the new one. We had to write them and ask them not to do things like display fuchsia background with green text. They're getting the hang of it now, making the marquee legible from a distance.

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