In this 1947 street portrait, a woman walks on Market Street past a movie theater playing "Ride the Pink Horse," a noir film of revenge set at a rural New Mexico fiesta, staring Robert Montgomery. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by crime writer and critic Dorothy B. Hughes. This lady is looking somewhat noir herself with that dramatic fur collar and her shadowed eyes.
This is the third one of my collected walking portraits that was taken in front of a Market Street movie theater, while three others show their subjects in front of large department stores. It seems these were both prime locations for the anonymous strolling street photographers to take their "walkies" -- which capture such dynamic and brief, candid city moments. Viewing the above image with the others (see previous posts), they begin to form a micro history of a mid-Market Street long lost.
The old St. Francis Theater building on Market Street (at Mason & Turk), which can be seen in the posted walkie of my grandmother from the 1930s, and still stood as of about two years ago -- is now gone, along with the other buildings to the east of it. On my last walk past the site, construction had only just begun, and ghost signs were exposed on the buildings at either end. One is for "Anhauser-Busch Lagers / Milwaukee Steam / on Draft," and "Brunswick Whiskey"; the other was harder to read, but seems to say "Chicago... / Tailoring Co." These will be covered up again soon by the new shopping mall, if they haven't been already, not to be revealed again until the next change of city fortunes.