Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sepia Scenes: Famous Music Hall


Beside the tall decaying apartment type building is the backside of the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia. It first opened back in 1928 on Thanksgiving day as the Capitol Theater. The old-style theater featured a 2,450 seat auditorium. The Music Hall was home to a popular radio program in the early forties, It's Wheeling Steel, featuring musical performances by workers at a local steel plant. The Capitol Music Hall also featured country artists such as Johnny Cash, June Carter-Cash, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and the Joneses.
The theatre operated until 2007 but was closed due to code violations. It has been sold in the past couple of weeks with plans to renovate and restore the historical building.

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(I duplicated the original color photo and changed it to sepia. Then I used my erase brush to take away the sepia on the sign.)

21 comments:

Rose said...

Well done! I have yet to try having part of a picture in color.

The wind here isn't going to stop any time soon! I wish I had a recording of it to put on my blog...supposed to stop raining though so that is good.

Leora said...

We have driven through Wheeling on our way to Ohio. I could see how one could see a scene like that. Nice, how you displayed the sign with the rest as sepia.

Mojo said...

heh. The place wasn't managed by Randy Parton was it? oh wait, that was here. nevermind.

Cool shot and nice job doing that with an eraser! I always mask it off first and desaturate the rest. Never tried doing it that way...

The Texican said...

Country will always be cool as long as it stays Country. Some of the crossover stuff is not exactly what I'd call cool or country. I knew a guy from Wheeling West Virginia. Well, that's about all I've got for today. Pappy

Ralph said...

Since I went to college in Steubenville (Franciscan0 in the 1970s, I had taken the 25 mile ride to Wheeling. I liked old mill towns, and this one was fine as well. And I remember the two-lane tunnel on I-70 that bore through that alp east of the city. I like the Ohio River...

PJ said...

It's feels good to see old buildings being saved, I hope the new owners follow through with their plans. Interesting what you did with the erase brush. I have so much to learn about PShop.

Tricia said...

I love the history of old buildings like that - I wonder if it's haunted? Striking shot!!!

George said...

I like this picture of the old buildings. I hope the theater is restored and saved.

judi said...

We're country and we're cool! good sepia. Think the apt. bldg. is haunted? Looks kinda spooky.

Juliana RW said...

cool the way you did with ur sepia...

My entry for SS this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

quilly said...

This wonderful picture reminds me of a story from my far distant past. My ex-, a truck driver, said to me as we were wheeling through Wheeling, "Do you want to see Capitol Music Hall?" I said, "Yes!Yes!" And he said, "Look right out the window it's over there." And I got to stare at the side of the building as we drove past.

ilanadavita said...

Interesting how you have kept just this sign.

Gattina said...

The subject of the picture is very nice, but I love colors and with sepia and black and white I just can't get along, lol ! that's my personal taste of course.

Neal said...

Carletta, that is well done. You always come up with something neat.

Patti said...

Perfect photo for sepia. I like how you kept the sign in color, Carletta.

I hope whoever buys the building does a nice job restoring it to its former glory.

Melli said...

I wish I could have gone there ... in it's hay day!

Jientje said...

Well done!! I love doing that little trick too!

maryt/theteach said...

What a great job, Carletta! That was exactly what to do on that sign! :) Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Mamapippa said...

To answer your question oof my sepia photo: It is'ns a kiln (I had to search this word in a dictionary ...), but is are the ruins of a tower of the very, very old city walls ...

Dianne said...

I love how you left the sign in color!!

Annie said...

Hi Carletta. Seeing old buildings like this makes me feel so nostalgic. Our landscape would be so much more interesting looking if we salvaged and repurposed such places.