Monday, July 20, 2009

My World Tuesday - More from the Movies

On Sunday, I gave you a closeup of the sign for the Stanwood Cinemas at the Pavilion. Now let's venture inside. This is not your average theater & dining venue, although the exterior is fairly non-descript. The Pavilion recently celebrated it's 10th anniversary of their grand opening in June 1999.

Exterior of the Pavilion

When you enter through the doors, you are "back outside" standing on a cobblestone street. The interior has been designed and painted to look like an street scene from old town Stanwood.

Looking Back at the Entrance

On this "street" are three restaurants -- Amigo's (Mexican), Toyko Sushi (Sushi and Japanese food) and the Dragon Palace (Chinese) complete with indoor and "outdoor" dining areas. Also on the street is the movie theater with five screens, the concession stand and arcade.

View from the "Street"

Movie Theater

Looking Down the Row of Restaurants

What really makes this place stand out are the paintings. On the particular wall shown below which depicts Stanwood a long time ago, depending on where you are standing, you get a different perspective of the street scene.

Viewpoint #1

Viewpoint #2

Look closely at Viewpoint #2 and you'll see the street even has the wiring run from the utility pole. It's attention to details like this that makes this place special.

I noticed this little "shop" while taking pictures and it quickly became my favorite. :-)

I wish I could go inside

These wonderful paintings were done by Jack Gunter and Karla Matzke, two local artists who are very talented.


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17 comments:

James said...

What a fun place, and driving by you would never know how cool it is inside.
This is a very enjoyable and well put together post.
Great job Sally!

Luiz Ramos said...

Great report. Beautiful shots.

Sylvia K said...

Great job indeed, Sally! What a fantastic place! Really interesting and your photos are marvelous, really catch the feel! Have a great week!

Janie said...

Interesting to have a street inside a street, with great history, too.

Ebie said...

Love the pastel paints, the interior is beautiful! Who would have known! I enjoyed the tour of your World. Enjoy your week!

ewok1993 said...

What a cool interior. It's very interesting to see all of that and then photograph them.

Marja said...

Wow these paintings look so realistic Must be strange to walk in the door and go outside instead of inside lol
Thanks for sharing

Babooshka said...

These really are superbly done. It's the light so luminous yet natural. Excellent captures of some truly terrific artwork.

Gaelyn said...

What a fun place. I'd never have expected it from the outside. The paintings look so real I might walk into the walls. The name Karla Matzke sounds familiar. Wonder if she ever lived on the WA pennisula near Forks? Great captures of an interesting part of your world.

Gaelyn said...

Nope, different Karla.

Arija said...

A beautiful post, love all the realisti paintings.

kRiZ cPEc said...

the paintings look so real!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sally: That is a wonderfully decorated place, thanks for sharing your part of the world.

Michelle Johnson said...

Those murals are great. The artists did a really nice job. I can see why this is one of your favorite places. Hope all is well. Have a great day.

mannanan said...

What an amazing place. Looks a great place to go and eat and chill out. Thank you for sharing your world with the rest of us.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a darn cool place to be! What fun and imagination. I am glad it's still around after 10 years.

koand said...

Świetny pomysł i wykonanie , w życiu czegoś podobnego nie widziałem , pozdrawiam :)