Classic Debut (The Gaylynn Theatre)
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The opening night program at the Gaylynn Theatre, Friday, November 18, 1949, boasted of everything from a "colorful and sparkling refreshment center" to a revolutionary "eye-level balcony". There were "push back seats", "seat phones" for the hard of hearing and a glass enclosed "cry room."
Notes from the artist:
When I did the research for the South Park Drive-In Theatre I noticed that Forbidden Planet would be starting the next day at the Gaylynn Theatre; along with "the Day the Earth Stood Still", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man", it remains a true classic SCI-FI flick.
Forbidden Planet was based on William Shakespeare's play "the Tempest" - which was written in 1611, so I used that as one of my hidden trivia treasures. While the '56 Cadillac Eldorado was a favorite of mine, the '56 Chevy Bel-Air was more in my realm of possible possessions and indeed my Dad did have one!
When the Gaylynn Theatre was being demolished I managed to retrieve some of the red tile; having already obtained a piece of the classic neon sign. Robby the Robot seems to have made it to his Beaumont premier showing.
Description by the Artist
Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.
The original painting is 35x28" on masonite panel, completed in 1991.
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