Theater, ink & watercolor, 6x8"

Theater, ink & watercolor, 6×8″

Well that’s a confusing title! What I meant was that I sketched while sitting on one of the giant cubes of stone set into the sidewalk along San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. I assume they are meant to be used as seats. According to this brochure, a primary goal of the recent street upgrade program that included the stone blocks was “to identify El Cerrito as a distinct place…” I guess the city fathers (and mothers?) felt that poor little El Cerrito just didn’t have enough “there” there.

The Cerrito Theatre is having its 75th birthday celebration this week.  It originally opened on Christmas Day in 1937 as an art deco “motion picture palace.” It closed in the 1960s and was used as a furniture warehouse until a community group worked to bring it back to life as a theater in 2006.

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Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. love your little watercolour of the theatre Jana.


  2. Your sketch shows plenty of there there!


  3. In your drawing it has its “there” definitely totally restored! Very nice drawing!


  4. This is lovely! May we have permission to post the image and a link to your site on


  5. A beautiful sketch of one of my favorite places! Lovely. <3



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