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Weird Photo Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Beery in Viva Villa

Anyone know what Beery in Viva Villa means? We don't, so for today's Weird Photo Wednesday maybe you can figure out what that slogan means. What we have today is a photo of the old Bluebird theater on Colfax. A very historic building and well known by locals and the local music scene. For more information about this photo, click here. For more weird, strange and unique photos, visit our Digital Collections or come on in and buy a great print in our new Ye Olde Digital Collections Photo Shoppe.

Bluebird theater

Thanks everyone for their help in figuring out what the signage meant. It's nice to get help from our readers and that's what makes you a wonderful part of WHG!

Beery in Viva Villa

This refers to a headline actor in a film. Wallace Beery was the lead in the film "Viva Villa!" about Poncho Villa.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025948/

Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-_aKm9KwZQ

Beery in Viva Villa

Wallace Beery was a movie actor who starred in over 250 movies, and was married to Gloria Swanson. In the 1934 movie "Viva Villa," he played Pancho Villa, with Fay Wray as the female lead.

This picture was taken at the Bluebird Theater on Colfax Avenue, where today you can see such acts as Motorhead, George Clinton, Rasputina, or even Dread Zeppelin.