I attended a concert tonight, it was Wayne Brady at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater. The Riverside is about the last extant movie palace in downtown Milwaukee (there is one other one that has been closed for decades.) The Riverside went through an extensive restoration a few years ago and I don't think any of the projection equipment was ever updated, in fact, it has been converted to strictly live theater, using the wonderful old stage that goes back to the Vaudeville days. There is a lift for the organ console, and there is a theater organ there. I don't think it's the original but it is owned and maintained by the local theater organ society that does offer concerts now and again.
The Wayne Brady Show was a lot of fun, he is a very talented improv artist and the Riverside is a great venue for such a show.
One issue I had tonight was out of the theater's control, and that was in the privately owned parking structure across the street. It was a $15 flat fee for parking. This is one of those places where you take a ticket at the entrance and then settle up with an automated kiosk. That's what I did. When I went to leave, there was a long line of cars and one of the gates wasn't working. And mine didn't work when I got there because it didn't like my receipt. Apparently, you have to have the original ticket, except the payment kiosk ate it and never gave it back. Ain't technology grand?
Anyway, Wayne Brady was great. The parking, not so much. This photo was taken a couple of years ago during an event called Doors Open Milwaukee, a two day event held the third weekend of September. During the event, many of the commercial buildings that you can't usually go into are open for your inspection. I apologize for this shot, it was taken with a Canon point-and-shoot that I didn't really have set up for taking shots inside a dimly lit building of this size. (If you care, it was ISO 800 f/2.8, both completely wrong for this shot.) Still, you get the idea of the grandeur of the Riverside Theater.