Last week we had the company of Los Angeles artist Davis Cone, known for his hyper-realistic paintings of theatres. He toured our museum and did some research in the THS archive — looking at our collection of Jay Emanuel Publication’s Theatre Catalogues to assess their worth as purchases via the internet.
While in the area he photographed the York Theatre (our home), the Glen in Glen Ellyn and the DesPlaines in DesPlaines.
Cones’ work is so detailed that it is hard to tell it from an actual photo. www.daviscone.com He is a native of Augusta, Georgia, home to the Imperial Theatre. “At the Imperial, young Cone and his buddies were witness to countless adventures of Tarzan in Africa, Zorro in Mexico, and Flash Gordon out in the galaxies,” write authors Michael D. Kinerk and Dennis W. Wilhelm (both are THS members) in their 2001 book “Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theatre Paintings of Davis Cone.” “In the front row, life became magnified hundreds of times; superheroes 30 feet tall blazed across a 70-foot screen. Out of both his gratitude and familiarity, Cone immortalized the Imperial in his second movie theatre painting in 1977.” (RS)