Flashback to the ’60s

Always the Domtoren
In doing research on another topic I wanted to post about, I came across a photo that I couldn’t resist posting here. The photo above is a photo I took last year along the Plompetorengracht, looking toward Voorstraat. You can see the white City Bioscoop (movie theater) in the background, and behind that, on the far left, is the Gothic apse of the cathedral. Of course, the Domtoren rises above everything as it does in the old city center.

While looking for other photos and information about another building on Voorstraat, I came across this photo of the Plompetorengracht, taken from almost the exact same spot as I took my photo, except this one was taken in 1968.

You can see it a bit larger if you go to the actual photo page at the Utrechtse Archief website. Besides the cars themselves, the main difference seems to be the number of lamps along the canal, and the tree on the right. There’s a tree back in that general spot now, but it’s a bit younger and smaller, I think.

While searching, I also found a tiny bit more information about the City Bioscoop. It opened 19 January 1936 and was built in the Art Deco style, as many movie theaters were built during this time. There’s a mention of it in this old photo talking about the opening of the new theater.

Coming soon, more time travel with extra kraken.

Pictures of the Plompetorengracht

Always the Domtoren
I wrote briefly about the Plompetorengracht last week and the history it has had moving from trade to noble residences to business over the past 600 years or so. I was walking along the canal last night after taking my dad to see the windmill here in town, and I got a few more photos that I thought I’d share. These are all looking south toward the center of town — as evidenced by the Domtoren in the distance. If you look closely in the photo above, you can also see a bit of the apse of the cathedral poking out on the left behind the lamps. I also liked the reflection of the Domtoren in the canal.

This is one of the bridges on the northern end of the canal.
And here are a few of the buildings on the street. Most are fairly simple, but still elegant and obviously built for wealthier residents.