So what do you do when a car-load of Australians pull up in the middle of the day in front of your theatre in Rochester, NY, jump out and start taking photos and pointing out various Art Deco details accompanied by suitably appreciative exclamations? No, you don't run for cover, since they've come so far, you invite them in for an impromptu tour.
The black Art Deco building was designed by local architect Edgar Phillips and Frederick Pike, an architect from nearby Buffalo.
The facade has Art Deco details highlighted in silver against the black tiles while the 'Little' name is spelt out on a series of trapezoid shaped panels sitting perpendicular to the face of the building.
Inside, the Little Theatre, retains many Art Deco features including the ticket box and the seating in the stalls.
Today the Little Theatre operates as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization relying on community financial support through its membership program and other fund-raising activities.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.