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In the 1920s and 30s California saw another 'westward movement', people who lost their jobs during the "Depression" came here for work. The water projects like Hoover Dam and the City of Los Angeles water aqueduct from the Eastern Sierra Nevada snowfields created agriculture in previous arid lands, which in turn created jobs.
Coinciding with the population boom were theaters for night and weekend entertainment, and the "Art Deco" style was heartedly embraced.
In this view is an early 1950s Chevrolet in front of the downtown Ventura Century Theater.
In my youth I enjoyed many art deco venues in So Cal and hope they will be preserved though one of my hometown favorites, the Whittier Theater was demolished to make way for a Walgreens Drug Store. It seems like a 'crime' to destroy an important part of our historical heritage and culture.

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