The Keeper of the Portico Columns

One evening back in February, 2002, a friend and I were driving down a lonely stretch of highway on our way to Yuma, Arizona, when my phone rang. Back then you could answer your phone while you were driving, so I took the call. Harkins Theaters would be recreating the portico columns from the original Cine Capri on the new Cine Capri, but first they needed the renderings from the original blueprints, and did I by chance have them?

Well, yes and no. No, I didn’t have them on me at that exact moment, but no worries, I would be happy to provide them with a copy as soon as I got back to town. And, true to my word, as soon as I got back I delivered a copy of the column drawings to the subcontractor and voila, the columns were rebuilt. I guess we could say this was my personal contribution to the new theater. And what an honor and a privilege to be able to do so.


The new Cine Capri, complete with the facia and portico columns recreated from the original renderings. Photo by Gayle Martin.