Unfortunately, if you don't write about a famous building there isn't a lot of documentary evidence to base your research on. I couldn't find any information about the theater in any of the California Mission Revival books the San Jose library had, even in their special "California Room" collection. I thought, "Well, if I walk the premises and do a visual analysis-type paper, that'd still work, right?" But I made an appointment with my professor to check.
Ah, no. He shot that idea down. A thesis without documentary evidence to back it up just wasn't going to cut it.
So now I'm stuck. The paper's due in one week and I have to start over, pretty much from scratch. I have no idea what to do! I'm kicking around two ideas: maybe I can do historical revival styles in movie theaters in Southern California, like Grauman's Chinese Theater, or alternatively I could write about the valley architecture in Yosemite, which has a distinctive, rustic look.
I'm so screwed.