As if passing by the living and breathing decay of the old Alexandria Theater on the corner of 18th Avenue and Geary all the time weren’t bad enough, now a local artist has decided to capture its essence in an oil painting.
Sized at 20″ x 17″, this keepsake can hang on your wall to remind you of decaying architecture and Richmond District blight. A bargain at just $75!
But all joking aside, we get what Cogan is going for here, and it is nicely painted. It just makes us really depressed about what could have been for the theater, and is a painful reminder that things can move much, much too slowly in this city when it comes to needed change.
“The painting was intended to be a bit of a conversation starter. This theater closed in 2004 and has remained dormant ever since. Why have older movie theaters closed and the property gone to waste?” Cogan wrote about the piece.
“I would pass by daily and observed it slowly decaying. It doesn’t make sense to me letting the property go to waste especially as real estate in the city is hitting an all time high.”
In fairness to the new owners, they’ve done a good job of keeping the building’s exterior clean and free of graffiti. Here’s hoping that something actually happens there soon; it will be 2 years in July since the property was sold.