Now Playing… Artist George Rothacker’s Work

posted by Patrick Crowley on May 28, 2004 at 5:45 am

BERWYN, PA — This evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., InPrints Gallery will be hosting an opening for artist George Rothacker, who has created a series of beautiful paintings depicting classic movie theaters (see gallery below).

The series of 12 paintings and prints was begun in 1991 when Mr. Rothacker produced an edition of “Night Out in Media,” a painting depicting the then “dark” Media Theater, to stimulate interest in the 1927 movie house and raise money for its revitalization.

“I’ve grown up in the area all of my life,” said Mr. Rothacker. “My graduation from Upper Darby High School was held in the Tower Theater in 1965. I lived and have worked in Media for 30 years, and for the last 20 years I have lived in Villanova, about a mile from the Anthony Wayne. These theaters were part of my life, and its great to see them in operation and still viable.”

Rothacker will be on hand during tonight’s event to sign limited edition prints of his work. If you live near the Berwyn area and would like to attend, please contact Terry Brown at 610-648-8888.

Courtesy of the artist himself, Cinema Treasures is proud to display several pieces of Rothacker’s work below:

To see the rest of Rothacker’s work, check out his online gallery.

Comments (6)

JimRankin on May 30, 2004 at 5:33 am

The photo of the painting of the ANTHONY WAYNE theatre of Wayne, PA shows an especially intrigueing design! It is listed at Cinema Tour, but not here at CT, unfortunately. These paintings remind me of the hyperrealistic paintings by Davis Cone, such as in his book: POPCORN PALACES.

paulaclark on May 30, 2004 at 12:59 pm

Nice website, nice theatre paintings, nice idea!

joemasher on May 31, 2004 at 4:29 pm

The Anthony Wayne is alive and well, functioning as a 5-screen Clearview Cinema….

JohnColes on June 1, 2004 at 12:11 pm

The paintings are beautiful. Good luck with the exhibition opening. I was very struck by the similarity of George Rothacker’s Riviera Theater with the Riviera Theater in Charleston, South Carolina /theaters/284/

Scott on June 3, 2004 at 6:48 am

John, Mr. Rothacker’s painting is that of the Riveria Theatre in Charleston, SC!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I have a book by Davis Cone,got to meet him.He grew up in my hometown and put THE MILLER and IMPERIAL in his book.

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